I have surpassed 500.... !!!

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    Dec 08, 2011 8:21 AM GMT
    pages.

    I have now surpassed 500 pages (single-spaced) in the book(s) I am currently writing, and as this is the most I have ever written, and the most effort I have put into anything in my life, and the most sacrifices and risks I have ever made or taken for anything (quit my job, became poor, started to become self-employed), plus, the side effect of madness... I just thought I would share.

    While I have been writing this off and on for about a year, it has been in the last while that real progress has been made, and I have written probably around 150 pages in the past three weeks alone.

    Still, long way from done, but hey, I will enjoy this moment. I just felt the need to share. Also, it's 3 am and I needed to take a break from writing my book... to talk about writing my book... and now I will return to... writing my book.

    The End (and hey, less than 500 pages!).
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    Dec 08, 2011 8:29 AM GMT
    Congrats man.

    Otherwise, share the synposis next time, fool
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    Dec 08, 2011 8:30 AM GMT
    What is your book about? Congratulations too. I don't think I could ever write that much. I remember having a fit in school when I had to write a 10 page essay lol.
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    Triver89 saidCongrats man.

    Otherwise, share the synposis next time, fool


    Ah, the dreaded question. Every time someone asks me this I reply with a sigh, and then, I explain:

    It is a modern history of the world, with a focus on institutions and ideas of power in the social, political, and economic realms, asking: What is the nature of our global society? How did we get here? Who brought us here? Where are we going? And why?

    Included is: the history of the nation-state, capitalism, banking, central banking, mass education, university education, European imperialism, Industrial Revolution(s), radical revolutionary movements from the 19th century into the 20th, the Progressive era, emergence and role of philanthropic foundations in society, development of the consumer society, history of public relations and advertising, establishment of think tanks and their role in policy formation, origins and nature of the welfare state as a system of social control, Great Depression, World Wars, creation of the American empire, the National Security State, wars and coups undertaken by the empire; eugenics, race, and poverty in America and the world, neoliberalism, proliferation and nature of NGOs, the nature of the Cold War, emergence of the "new world order", conceptions of "global governance" as a new dominant ideology, regionalism, economic integration, the European Union, the global economic crisis and much more in what will likely be the "third volume" (the above points being the first two volumes, essentially).

    Put simply: it is a critical study of the power of ideas and institutions in shaping what I refer to as the "modern institutional society," increasingly global in scope, which seeks to define, dominate, control and oppress all of earth and the life within it. I follow the major ideas, institutions, and individuals which have been central to this historical development, and ultimately present some ideas which could challenge and change this situation.

    *exhales*

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    Dec 08, 2011 8:52 AM GMT
    pages --great good thing it wasn't sexual partners or your butt would be saying MeOwWhy!
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    Dec 08, 2011 8:56 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidpages --great good thing it wasn't sexual partners or your butt would be saying MeOwWhy!


    Indeed, I have a looooong way to go before then.
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    Dec 08, 2011 9:03 AM GMT
    good good cause that would be a book in and of itselficon_idea.gif
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    MeOhMy said

    It is a modern history of the world, with a focus on institutions and ideas of power in the social, political, and economic realms, asking: What is the nature of our global society? How did we get here? Who brought us here? Where are we going? And why?



    Oxymoron? Lol

    But damn, cute and smart... who would've known. The book sounds interesting, but 500 pages sounds like a fraction of what the size of it will be...?

    If you want some motivation to write, just consider the fact that for every day longer it takes you to write it means one more day you have to include in your analysis.
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    Triver89 said
    MeOhMy said

    It is a modern history of the world, with a focus on institutions and ideas of power in the social, political, and economic realms, asking: What is the nature of our global society? How did we get here? Who brought us here? Where are we going? And why?



    Oxymoron? Lol

    But damn, cute and smart... who would've known. The book sounds interesting, but 500 pages sounds like a fraction of what the size of it will be...?

    If you want some motivation to write, just consider the fact that for every day longer it takes you to write it means one more day you have to include in your analysis.


    Haha, very good motivation. And no, not an oxymoron. Modern history as opposed to say, ancient history, pre-modern history, etc., I mean, I have to draw the line somewhere. Typically, the notion of "modern" relates to the last 500 years.
  • disasterpiece

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    Dec 08, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    I remember, a little while ago, you posted a thread about the attractiveness of guys that read books.

    Well, here's something sexier : guys that write ones. icon_redface.gifs
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:45 PM GMT
    Disasterpiece saidI remember, a little while ago, you posted a thread about the attractiveness of guys that read books.

    Well, here's something sexier : guys that write ones. icon_redface.gifs


    haha, well why do you think I started that thread in the first place? Oooobviously I want to encourage people to only sleep with people who read books, and thus, more people will read books; hence, I will have a better chance of not starving out of existence.

    Oh and... thanks. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 08, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    MeOhMy done said... I want to encourage people to only sleep with people who read books,...


    I certainly like the bookish types.

    Just so long as the guy isn't reading or writing books while I'm sleeping (read: doing very fun pleasureable things) with him. ;)
  • petemdc

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    Dec 08, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    Nice work Meohmy! Keep up the intensity! I could use a little of that motivation on my end!

    Matt
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    Dec 08, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    MeOhMy said
    Triver89 said
    MeOhMy said

    It is a modern history of the world, with a focus on institutions and ideas of power in the social, political, and economic realms, asking: What is the nature of our global society? How did we get here? Who brought us here? Where are we going? And why?



    Oxymoron? Lol

    But damn, cute and smart... who would've known. The book sounds interesting, but 500 pages sounds like a fraction of what the size of it will be...?

    If you want some motivation to write, just consider the fact that for every day longer it takes you to write it means one more day you have to include in your analysis.


    Haha, very good motivation. And no, not an oxymoron. Modern history as opposed to say, ancient history, pre-modern history, etc., I mean, I have to draw the line somewhere. Typically, the notion of "modern" relates to the last 500 years.


    Oh well it depends on the perspective you choose.

    As an historian, "modern" history refers to the period after the Middle Ages (beginningin 1453 with the fall of Constantinople) through today. It is, in fact, very large and is kindof a "supercategory" that can be broken down in different more specific period.

    I think the historical timespan you are referring to would be better called "late modern" or even, at some extent, "contemporary history" (it refers to the history that is still present in living memory. Basically, the 20th century).

    But it's your book after all ;P

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    Dec 08, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    oooh, a history student, eh? haha

    And yes, agreed. Though my book does begin with some discussion coming out of the 15th century, it progressively has a larger focus with each passing century, culminating with the 20th. So, whatever one likes to call that is fine, I call it "modern" so as to be both accurate and perfectly vague. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 08, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    500 pages? A good editor will cut that down to 300.

    Well done!
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    Dec 08, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    MeOhMy saidoooh, a history student, eh? haha


    Yup. Specialized in ehm. Hm-hum. Contemporary history...

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    Disasterpiece said
    MeOhMy saidoooh, a history student, eh? haha


    Yup. Specialized in ehm. Hm-hum. Contemporary history...



    Figures. Sexcellent.
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    Dec 08, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    500 pages of a book you're writing? Booring.

    I thought you were going to be filling us in on the number of tricks you've turned to date, or your going rate per hour.
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    Dec 08, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    credo said500 pages of a book you're writing? Booring.

    I thought you were going to be filling us in on the number of tricks you've turned to date, or your going rate per hour.


    For you, sir, pro bono.
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    Dec 08, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Oh wow I knew I found you attractive for a reason. I really like nerds...err, I mean smart people.
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    Dec 08, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    Yeah, the book has an interesting premise, and yes, an editor will chop it down to a more, manageable size. I wonder how long "Les Miserables" was though, before an editor pored over its contents. LOL. icon_razz.gif
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    I hope there are drawings and illustrations and other such fun things.

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    Dec 08, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    Well yes, I have editor friends constantly advising me (and whose advise I have been actively beseeching) on this project. However, I have basically decided to break it into three volumes, due to the massive content within, and naturally, there would still be a great deal of cutting down, most of which would be done by myself on the first edit. Though for the amount of information within, 500 pages is actually already 'compact.' Each chapter should, in truth, be its own book, though I try to compress them into roughly 50 page chapters. And again, thank god for editors!