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Control-C-Ven King

Discussion over lunch:

Me: Is C. still on vacation?

R: Yeah, he's gone all month. He's home writing a book or something.
Me: Is he doing that Nanowrimo thing?
R: I don't think so. What's that?
Me: Nanowrimo is "National Novel Writing Month". It's this ridiculous thing where people try and write an entire book in 30 days.
R: No, he's been working on his book for a while. That Nanowrimo thing sounds crazy!
Me: Yeah. I thought about doing it, but then I checked out their webpage, and it said you had to write, like, 2,000 words every day, and in the end you have a 175-page book. A crappy 175-page book. I figured, hell, if I wanted a crappy 175-book, I'd just go buy the newest Star Trek novelization or something. Or I'd just write one really good sentence and cut-n-paste it every day until I had 175-pages.
R: That's what Jack Nicholson should have done in The Shining. When they remake it, they'll show him highlighting that sentence, and then just cut-n-pasting a bunch.
Me: Hah hah! Yeah, and then the wife will be all like "My husband's gone psycho!" And they cops will say "What? All he did was hit control-v a couple dozen times...?"
R: Now they can never remake that movie, thanks to technology.
Me: Oh I dunno, they could use it to their advantage. What if they showed him writing "All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy" on his Palm Pilot 68,000 times? Psycho!
Posted on November 14, 2002 to Conversations