Weekly round-up of unimportant details

This is becoming more of a weekly blog than a daily one, and more of a writing blog than a general one. So be it. I blame the Examiner.

When interviewing a subject for an article or quoting a job of work, there are no unimportant details.

If it costs more in labor to sort the hardware than the hardware is actually worth, you might as well pitch it, right? Anyway, that’s what happened to that bucket of bolts.

Both articles I wrote for Demand Studios cleared in the first pass, and they owe me $25 for what should go for $70 (at $.10/word). Well, sometimes situations just turn to crap, and you make the best of what’s left.

I’d link to them, but they’re buried in Trails.com, and I’m not a registered user of a site I’ve apparently contributed to.

The WordPress spell-check does not recognize “blog” as a word. (Nor does it recognize “WordPress”)

Today’s graphic: overlapping mythical creatures

And a New Scientist Opinion on The Coming Robot Wars

NOTES FROM THE WRITER’S GROUP (with links):

Word lengths for short fiction categories:

[a caveat – not all sources agree on these…]

Micro-fiction 100 words or less

Flash Fiction 1000 words or less

Short-short story 2000 words or less

Short story 2000-7500 words

Novelette 7000-25000 words

Novella 7500 – 40000 words

[Overlap? Sure. These were defined by liberal arts folk after all.)

Novel 60000-150000 words (though conventional wisdom is that you want to come in between 80000 – 120000 unless you are a well-known writer.)

Straight Dope on the entymology of “O.K.” which, to spare you some time, is an abbreviation of “Oll Korrect”, a phrase common in newspaper parody in the 1840’s. The term exploded in popular use though as shorthand for Marin Van Buren, aka Old Kinderhook, by both friends and supporters.

With that in mind, OK would be technically correct, but the phrase is still considered informal and improper in many circles.

“Okay” on the other hand, eliminates confusion with the postal code for Oklahoma.

Pick a version and stay with it. English really doesn’t have any other rule.

LINKS:

Arizona Consortium for the Arts

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Sorings MO

San Miguel Mexico

Tau Ceti

Glenda Larke on when to give up writing.

Now You Know

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One thought on “Weekly round-up of unimportant details

  1. Tony, you are a blast! Very funny. You actually found the name of the Hotel (but you spelled (spelt?)Springs incorrectly OK….LOL

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