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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-01-18 13:19
Subject: [writing] The diplomatic thriller develops a sample chapter
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3,500 words today on the sample chapter of the diplomatic thriller, to 3,800 words.


Yevgeny Kharkov

His morning was heralded by the jangling of a telephone. Unimpeded by drunkenness, the Russian agent slid a slender female arm off his chest and reached for the interruption. Pleasantly exhausted and fully alert, he tugged the handset off the cradle. "Da?"

"Yevgeny." It was Nelson Yuan, his controller. Slippery American-born bastard. You never knew whose side Nelson was on, even when he was holding a briefcase of your money. Especially not then.

"I'm busy, Nelson," Kharkov said, slipping over to English. Yuan refused to speak Russian as a matter of principle, and Kharkov's Chinese was much better than he wanted any putative NSB listeners-in to have confirmation of. "Importance conference."

Pai-mei murmured something indistinct and licked his ear.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Brent Kellmer
User: skaldic
Date: 2009-01-18 22:44 (UTC)
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Sounds good. A note, though -- the common Russian greeting when answering the phone is "I'm listening" -- Ya slooshiyou, in rough pronunciation.

Came to mind because I recently saw a show on how Alexander Graham Bell tried unsuccessfully to lobby for the common greeting in English to be "Ahoy, ahoy" instead of Edison's idea of "Hello."
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-01-18 22:48 (UTC)
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Thank you!
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