Typed up two of Stephanie's stories today, including the 3,200-word story she wrote when she was twelve years old and some manuscript passages for a remarkable unfinished story about a girl who becomes invisible.
Took a break from reading history today. But I can tell you for sure that the Ottoman Empire was founded around 1300 and lasted for about 600 years, that Constantinople fell to the Ottomans (under Mehmet II) in 1453, the Ottomans captured Cairo, Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem under Selim I and tacked on Baghdad in 1534 under Suleiman "the Magnificent", they had their first naval setback at Lepanto in 1571, and their fortunes really started to decline after 1699 (Treaty of Carlowitz with Austria) and especially 1774 (Tty. of Kuchuk Kaynarca with Russia, which then annexed the Crimea in 1783, a hundred years after the second siege of Vienna and also the year Euler died). Meanwhile in Europe the rationalism of Voltaire was giving way to the romanticism of his younger contemporary Rousseau (they both died in 1778) and pretty soon there would be revolution in the air and heads in baskets in Paris. And then there's Napoleon's little excursion in Egypt, and ... who says I don't have a life?
Tomorrow I resolve to practice being human.