Friday, June 13, 2008

Nikki Magennis is

typing and erasing, typing and erasing.

I wonder if it's possible to erase more than you've ever written?

I'd like that.

I have nothing to say
and I am saying it
and that is poetry
as I needed it.

John Cage


Jeremy Edwards said...

I think if you erase more than you've written, you got into "erasure overdraft," and then the next time you type, it automatically gets erased, until your account zeroes out again.

Personally, I exploit this system when I'm about to compose a letter that I know I'll regret sending: I make sure to do plenty of surplus erasing first, so that when I go to write the controversial letter, it gets automatically erased.

Nikki Magennis said...

Hm, but what happens when you go over your erasure overdraft limit? As I am wont to do ...

Jeremy Edwards said...

Well, I'm no banker ... but I think what happens is they extend you a line of erasure credit, on which you pay interest—so in other words, you eventually have to type 1.03 words for every nonexistent word you've erased. This can come in handy when you're trying to up out your word count.

Nikki Magennis said...

Huh, and I bet the bastards fine me 1000 words a day! I'm going to start hiding my wordcount under my mattress.

Maybe that's why Jean Rhys hid the Sargasso Sea under her bed ...

thanks for the tips, Jeremy! I owe you at least 250 words plus interest x