Tuesday, November 01, 2005

working title, word count, and snippet

As a means of wasting time and avoiding writing, I just surfed on over to NaNoWriMo to update my profile. I uploaded a snippet of text, a working title, and the words I've written thus far into the counter. Words so far? 690. Working title? "Black, White, Red All Over." (I don't like it, but I feel like I have to have a working title, and that's better, at least, than "Pandemic.") The snippet?

In the history of our county, there have been two people mauled by giant pandas. The other was Charlotte’s father.

Here is something else that I’ve learned:

In all of the media coverage of Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing and their efforts to breed, one important item was never mentioned: giant pandas in captivity generally have no idea how to have sex. Zoos in China have been known to show their animals panda porn. The pandas get to see other pandas having sex and it turns them on. This doesn’t happen in the United States.

It’s not terribly surprising that animals best known as having been gifts to Richard M. Nixon would have been subjected to a puritanical lack of sex education. But, considering how sexually frustrated the poor pandas must be, it’s a wonder more people haven’t been mauled.

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At 12:52 PM, Blogger Matt Getty said...

Love the snippet. I'm definitley look for the next line after reading that one.


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