Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
We just received this great picture of Andrew Lashinsky, the lucky lad who won the huge wooden pencil that was one of the decorations in the Library during the book copying.
Andrew is one-third of a set of triplets, so you know that at least two members of his household may be envious of his good fortune!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Here's a picture of the word: hot. It's circled but still hard to see.
And here's a picture of the pencil after passing 45,000 words. What a champ!
Monday, May 14, 2007
The page we've reached in the book: 170
Actual number of pages from which we've copied, starting with the title page: 167
Average words per page: 249
Length of pencil remaining: 3.125"
Pages of filler paper used: 221
The most recent sentence written: It was a happy cemetery.
Finally ... the big reason that the number of words per page keeps dropping (pointed out by a friend ... Thanks, Carl!): There's more dialogue than in the earlier pages, and dialogue takes up more room on a page, because of all the paragraph breaks.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I can report that we've copied up through the middle of page 168 in the edition that we're using, and that we still have over 3 inches of pencil to write with.
And we've counted up through the bottom of page 147. The total of counted words stands at 36,700. The projected total of written words stands at 41,745.
The average count of words per page keeps declining. That must be because Scout's vocabulary includes more long words as she ages somewhat through the book. Also, the farther you go, the more long legal terms there are!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
- Jeffrey Ketner
- Shirley Bowser
- Crystal Crissman
- Rev. Marlys Hershberger
- Anna Sylvester
- Donna Riggen
- Suzanne Sylvester
- Pamela Johnson
- Janice Albright
- Connie Letscher
- John Letscher
- Janet Eldred
- Ethan Eldred
- Don Ruggery, Jr.,
- Julie Ansley
- Mark Michrina
- Carl DeCaspers
- Joyce Eger
- Mary Ann Keagy
- Ann Blough
- Diane Witmeyer
- Michelle Ewing
- Marissa Ewing
- Ken Sheppard
- Keith Eldred
- Emmett Eldred
Here we see Emmett Eldred, Keith's son, wielding the Biconderoga at Keith's kitchen table, the new site for copying. The pencil endures! As of our last report, we had copied through page 132 or our edition. Now we've copied through page 205.
We've also started a careful count of the words in the book. Through 23 pages of our edition, the word count is 6600, or about 287 per page. If that rate holds steady, we've already written out nearly 59,000 words--well beyond the 45,000 stated in Discovery magazine!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Click here to see the raw data. Note the sudden drop in overall length of the pencil toward the end, before the decreases become regular once again. That's when the ferrule and eraser came off!
As of this posting, the latest measurement is 3.26 inches. The pencil started out at 6.65 inches minus the ferrule (That measurement actually comes from an identical pencil with the ferrule removed), so the total decrease is just about 3.4 inches. Over 32 hours, that averages out to a decrease of .11 inches per hour. So a 6.65-inch pencil would take 60.5 hours to wear away. That means we're only a little over half-way done!
Now, another factor is the changing ergonomic situation. That's a fancy way of saying that it's harder to write with a pencil stub. On the other hand, there are two simple answers to that:
ANSWER 1: Switch to a second pencil
Hang on, this is not a cop-out. Think about it. We simply need to wear away 3.26 more inches of lead. If we do it in a second, easier-to-handle pencil, that's still the equivalent of using up the original pencil.
ANSWER 2: The Bi-Conderoga
Stub + Ferrule + A pencil with the ferrule removed + Stabilizing Tape = A more manageable pencil.
We couldn't expect to wear away the whole length, because we need to have something to hang onto to insert the pencil into Royal P40! We're still figuring out how much we more we could wear away, but at most it would be 2 inches. Our current estimate of our total words written, having worn away 3.4 inches of pencil, is 29,000 words. So wearing away two more inches would give us 17,000 words, lifting our total OVER the target of 45,000 words.
To be continued ... We're going to sleep on all this and form our strategy tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Note the word marked in pencil. We're going through and circling every hundredth word to establish milestones for progress!