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


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.


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

The zen approach to HCR, AI, and PPV

Previously, I speculated that if Republicans are seen as squashing Health Care Reform (how long until we simply call this HCR?) they would pay a price at the polls. I still think that’s true. However, if HCR is done in by Democratic infighting, the GOP would be set up for a triumphant mid-term.

No one really likes Howard Dean. They like him less when he’s right.

I was all set, then, to tee-off on conservative blowhards and their health-denial schemes, when I came across a Ted Talk about the 5 moral matrices, and a mission statements for the Radical Moderates, among whom I, a life-long lefty, hope to someday number.

But the stupid still burns…

Meanwhile, David Brin explains how the Robot Wars are not at all invetible, beyond the usual Vista/Unix jokes.

Acute sinusitis is aggravated by fans and milk. That’s what the doctor said. I almost had it beat – but I was still running a fever yesterday, and with La Vida Rhino approaching, I felt I’d better do something more aggressive than just lying about in my bed, with two fans on me, drinking chocolate milk.

I fell better today. Thank you.

Yellowstone Pix on Flickr.

I am, in fact, the Phoenix Camping Examiner.Thos of you who have hit this site looking for tips on hammock camping should read my nice summation 0f the practice on Examiner.

You have to look at the revenue more like accumulated royalties than a by-the-word check that some wonderful publisher cuts at publication.

Camping articles are essentially “evergreen”, meaning their timeliness does not necessarily expire. So more article up for a long period of time equals more revenue.

That said, I crossed the One Whole Dollar threshold sometime last weekend – so I’m not exactly preparing for my retirement with this.

Now You Know.