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NaNoWriMo Horse Camp

I'm headed out to horse camp in Tucson the first week of November...one could combine it with a WFC trip, one could. Not me, but someone else. I fly out the 3rd and home on the 10th for the extended horse camp (my personal version). There's room for 1-2 more campers for a shorter session. Inquire within.

Quite seriously, the November horse camp is going to be centered on NaNoWriMo goals. I need to generate new story drafts and I'm planning to use the NaNo 'just write' method again. So there will be words generated on the page according to the NaNo goals. There will also be worldbuilding discussions and plot bunny discussions with dancinghorse. And hot and cold running Lipizzans, since I now do chores several times a day, not to mention the riding part and ground work part.

This is not a critiquing horse camp, though I shall also complete final edits on a short story as well as generate new content in my worlds. It's more of a 'hive mind' horse camp, where Judy and I will be writing hard during the day and talking writing in the evenings over dinner.

Frog Out

["centered on" does not feel right. Not at all. "centered around" feels more correct.]


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Oct. 12th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Quite seriously, the November horse camp is going to be centered around NaNoWriMo goals.

Grammatical nit: one cannot "center around" a thing.

Carry on.

Oh, and the trip sounds great!
Oct. 12th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
One can't? Then how do you explain the idea of holding a rope and standing at a fixed point while someone moves in a circle around you? Please to enlighten what you would offer as a substitute.
Oct. 12th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Nope, one cannot.

In your example, you are the center about which someone (hmm, who could it be?) is moving. This hypothetical someone is not "centering," rather it sounds more like they are revolving, like a planet revolves around the star that is the center of its solar system.

As for the rope, it's optional. :)
Oct. 12th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
rope is never optional, btw.

And my usage is out there...though your point is also there.

USAGE NOTE Traditionally, the verb center may be freely used with the prepositions on, upon, in, or at; but some language critics have denounced its use with around as illogical or physically impossible. But the fact that writers persist in using this phrase in sentences such as The discussion centered around the need for curriculum reform, a sentence that 71 percent of the Usage Panel accepts, suggests that many people perceive center around to best represent the true nature of what they are trying to say. Indeed, in an example like A storm of controversy centered around the king, the only appropriate choice seems to be around. Still, if one wishes to avoid the phrase center around, the phrase revolve around is available as an option. Since center can represent various relations involving having, finding, or turning about a center, the choice of a preposition depends on what is intended. There is ample evidence for usages with each preposition listed above. The Panel accepts all of these uses except the one with at. Seventy-seven percent reject the sentence The company has been centered at Atlanta for the last five years. See Usage Notes at equal.

Shall edit to "centered on" though I still prefer "around."
Oct. 12th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Shall edit to "centered on" though I still prefer "around."

Now I am happy.
Oct. 13th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Point taken. I think, however, that "centered around" sounds right because so many people use it that your ear (and the ears of many others) just accepts it.

Mine, like klingonguy's, is stuck on "centered on" or "centered in."
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Oct. 12th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You're supposed to be looking out for a likely long weekend, you are.
Oct. 13th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Have a lovely horsecamp, Oz! I wish I could be there with you.
Oct. 13th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
I agree with Oz... "centered around" sounds better to my ear.
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