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The novel morphed into one that is nearly finieshed - although I haven't worked on it in anger for weeks.
While there are indeed many ways to "get around" foot notes, I actually contemplated making all but the first sentence in every chapter a footnote. I had footnotes on footnotes and bracketed explanations.
The story itself would need to be quite short (obviously) but the device would allow the reader to gradually be aware of why T'snik had ended up on this desert planet, capable only of stifling Yawns for food, hoping to stay alive long enough to be rescued.
When I shelved that and started on my 80% complete (and, therefore, requiring 80% more work to complete) novel, I set myself to write for at leat 30 minutes every day. This was quite successful, except I started to write in bed with the result that I would oftentimes be sitting writing until it was close enough time to rise that I may as well continue writing until breakfast - not a good way to start a day managing a development team!
I will publish the novel one day. Assuming I still frequent this isle of (in)sanity in the ocean of software development, I'll have to send you a copy beforehand - both to gain your feedback, which I'd appreciate, and to show you what that one sentence start changed into - which is almost entirely unrecognisable !
Looking up dates of changes to the UK suicide laws, I kept coming across statements on this topic:
"Tony Scott was British. In 1670, at common law (English), Louis XIV made suicide illegal as a criminal act with the person’s property confiscated and the person’s body dragged face down through the streets."
That is, not the Tony Scott topic, but the topic of Louis XIV having created a decree in English law about how to deal with suicide victims.
Um, that's Louis XIV *OF FRANCE* having created a decree in English law about how to deal with suicide victims.
Was this started by an idiot on wikipedia, or something?
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Louis XIV was King Charles II first cousin and that suicide law has the Catholic Church written all over it. King Charles II declared himself a Roman Catholic in order to gain the Church's favor and support against the Dutch.
1670 is also the year in which France and England signed a secret alliance in an attempt to end the ongoing wars between England and the Dutch.
So it's possible that this information is at least partly correct. Although it was probably not publicly known that the law was from Louis XIV, and of course somebody must have first translated the original law to English.
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Not sure why that's special. I have experienced time dilations such that emails have taken hours to arrive at their destination.
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