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Wedding's Over — Back to Work

October 30, 2007
New York, N.Y.

When I'm writing a book (as I am now) I like to have at least 5 full work days per week. If I lose one day during the week, I'll work Saturday or Sunday; if I lose two work days, I'll try to work both weekend days.

I have gone on record recommending against getting married while working on a book, both explicitly (see Rule No. 5) and implicitly (see Rule No. 7). Fortunately, Sunday's wedding between Deirdre and me wasn't too disruptive to my work schedule, partially because we kept it simple, but mostly because Deirdre graciously handled virtually all the preparation and details.

All tolled, I lost three work days: Thursday was preparation for Friday's travel day from New York City to Utica. Saturday was preparation for a mostly catered dinner at Deidre's mother's house, Sunday was the wedding itself, and yesterday we drove back to New York City.

And now it's time to resume the regularly scheduled program.


"all tolled" or "all told"... there seems to be some contention, but I've always seen it as the latter.

— squidbot, Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:42:55 -0500 (EST)

You appear to be correct. As I was writing the entry I looked up "toll" in my paperback AHD and found "The amount or extent of loss or destruction, as in a disaster," which seems to fit. However, Google reveals many more instances of "all told" than "all tolled," and this entry from The Columbia Guide to Standard American English is very clear.

Thank you. I hope not to make the same mistake ever again! — Charles

I loved this post. Specially for the "explicit" and "implicit" posts inline. I am, myself, planning to write a book on Engineering Excellence. This is going to be my first book. I am not even thinking about the problems I will have to face for publishing.

It has been sometime since I started working on the Table of Contents. I have been juggling a lot between my job, my guitar and my girlfriend whom I just met about 3 months back.

But I have set a deadline to finish the Table of Contents and at least 50% of the research that I require to start off writing. I should be able to start filling in the flesh around February next year.

You have been a great inspiration. God bless the new couple., Nilotpal Das, Thu, 1 Nov 2007 07:24:40 -0500 (EST)

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