Monday, February 26, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Yes, DEI with an A added.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
What now, big talker?
Eleven years ago, I was working this hard to build an ebook empire. So where is it? Still in boxes and boxes of first drafts, waiting for the author to stop screwing around and finish.
A few points: I didn't break each project into small enough pieces, so that completing it in bite-sized chunks wouldn't feel so daunting.
Also, I failed to periodically assess my progress. Too much time on outlines? Not enough? Why did I allow procrastination to torpedo such excellent headway?
A finished first draft is an accomplishment, but only an initial step in the final product. I took the easy path of parking the draft "just for a bit" and starting on new projects, then "allowing them to simmer."
When it comes to writing, I excel at conning myself to avoid the hard work of pressing on.
I'll do it again if I'm not careful.
Monday, February 19, 2024
War Forges Strange Partnerships
If the Mouse is determined to make woke flops, then someone, somewhere will spot a hidden advantage in such films.
Friday, February 16, 2024
Publishing . . . and Other Forms of Insanity
Since I'm hot this week on author stuff, here's a great trove of writerly information. Erica Verillo's super blog answers the questions on most author's minds: whose buying and how much do they pay per word? That said, there are links for agents looking for writers, literary contests, resources and more. And Erica updates this every month. Every month! I'm lucky to post twice a week.
Swing by Publishing . . and Other Forms of Insanity and sup from a bottomless cup of gratis info for authors, poets, and those eager to join their ranks. You could do worse, so don't.
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Monday, February 12, 2024
The Force is Strongish With This One
The only force here is the force of knowledge. Having allowed my membership to lapse, I've just rejoined the Alliance for Independent Authors. If you're self-publishing—like me when I stop surfing crime videos—starting out as a poet or author, or a seasoned pro looking for a little love, then the Alliance can help. Free info on writing, marketing, agents and contracts.
I receive nary a cent for my advocacy, but I wish I did.
There are different levels of membership. Give it a look.
Monday, February 05, 2024
Dream Factory Now a Nightmare for Some
The letter speaks of a climate of fear smothering Hollywood as the top-down push for DEI is resulting in discrimination against white males and the hiring of writers for no other reason than the color of their skin or sexual preferences. This leads to the production of expensive 'flop busters' such as The Marvels or the latest Indiana Jones.
Sadly, animation—South Park excepted—was gobbled up by DEI years ago.
There's more in the open letter. Also, if you must watch video, check out YouTube Channel Film Threat's take on the subject.
The clash between enforced DEI and productivity is being waged across many industries. Now Hollywood must choose between the illusion of fairness and product quality, in addition to appeasing the Chinese.
South Park best summed up the effects of DEI on creativity:
Sunday, February 04, 2024
Screwy Qualifying System Leaves Men's Third in Doubt
Yesterday, Olympic hopefuls crowded the start line in Orlando, Fla. for a shot at being one of six American runners representing the nation at this summer's games in Paris. And the winners are:
- Connor Mantz - 2:09:05
- Clayton Young - 2:09:06
- Leonard Korir - 2:09:57
Imagine you apply for a job, go through a tough selection process, then get told: "You're hired. Welcome aboard, unless we find someone better."
Such is the case with Leonard Korir. Mantz and Young already ran automatic qualifying times under the magic number 2:08:10, begging the question of why bother with marathon trials if somebody somewhere else who didn't compete against the same field can just wander in with the correct time and snap up your spot. (Granted, you won't find many 2:08 marathoners wandering around the 50 states, but it's the principle of the thing.)
Leonard Korir hoping no 2:08's show up.
O'Keeffe Breaks U.S. Women's Record
- Fiona O'Keeffe - 2:22:10
- Emily Sisson - 2:22:47
- Dakotah Lindwurm - 2:25:31
In the corny simplistic women's race where the first three finishers go to Paris, O'Keeffe rocked the house in her marathon debut. A debut, an Olympic qualifying record, and summer in Paris.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
L.A. at Last!
Monday, January 29, 2024
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