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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Helping someone learn to read?

    There are many volunteer organizations that could use help to tutor students (children and adult). I'm amazed when I see the statistics of how many people still can't read!

    A worthy cause and very rewarding to the self...
    • That's a great suggestion. It turns out our local library has an adult literacy program, and they're looking for volunteer tutors. I wrote away for more information.

  • A novel's a big chunk; I've passed 45,000 words on mine with a target of 70,000. It's pretty daunting.

    I found it helpful to start with Write Your Life [wgz.org] every day for a month to cultivate the habit of writing. You and your family might appreciate having that around, too.

  • Become a Wikipedia addict^Weditor. There will never be an end to the work to be done. :)

    I also echo the suggestion of helping someone learn to read. Certainly a worthwhile endeavor.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • You may want to consider the Three Month Plan, which is 1000 words per day every day from the beginning of February to the end of April. After this, you have a corpus of 90000 words.

    It doesn't have the alarming pace of NaNoWriMo, but it does have the advantage of starting very soon. Get a little plotting and some character notions put together, and you could have yourself a nifty chunk of narrative by May. :)

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