November 1st, 2006


NaNoWriMo Kickoff!

Best wishes, cheers, and virtual backrubs to all my f-list folks and drive-bys who are doing NaNoWriMo this month (you crazy people, you!) This includes poisontaster, maygra, moveablehistory, mooyoo, kiraboshi, lampshade_days, jeyhawk, mercurybard, jetpants, and sargraf. I think that's all. Isn't that enough? *boggles*

I'll be doing the Mini version (mini_wrimo) set up by the lovely maygra, for those of us who cannot begin to HOPE to crank out 50,000 words over the next month (especially on any single, coherent topic). I signed up for the 100-word-a-day challenge (a drabble a day minimum), and hope to meet it!

You may be seeing random begging for prompts/ideas, and you WILL be seeing a lot of stuff flying by. I may not post all of it here daily, but there'll be stuff. And I mean that just as vaguely as it sounds. :0

At least someone understands me!

Correctly pegged by the dialect-o-meter!

God, I remember in my radio days some woman writing a hate-letter complaining that she hated my "pretentious" accent, and that "noon" and "moon" should not be pronounced in the same way (nor should "warm" and "farm"). And I remember thinking, "Yes they should. Where in the Back-East is this nutso lady from?"

So I asked my mother for reference (native Oregonian-- she has the same dialect I do). Yes, she pronounces both pairs of words as if they rhyme.

The last irony... the author of the hate-letter was a Foreign Language Teacher at the local University. Ah-hahahahaha! Guess they never taught her about regional dialects. ;)

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?

ETA: When I worked in Illinois as a radio announcer, I'd get these occasional phone calls of "What country are yew from? Canada?" Sheesh. It's a nasal, flattened-vowel world in the Midwest. But not in the fun flattened-vowel way like the Aussies. ;)