I’m Running to a Hair Appointment

Chapter of Rogue Magic later today.  Meanwhile, will you kindly put anything you want promoted in comments?  I’ll do a round up Sunday or so.

And don’t forget to send your book promos to book.plug.friday@gmail.com.  Also, anything to do with working for writers, like editing, copy editing, type setting, etc.  We’ll do a round up of those next week, if we have enough.

Sorry, but my hair is starting to bother me, so I have to go get it cut and shaped.

210 responses to “I’m Running to a Hair Appointment

  1. I am soooo glad I’m a guy with unmanageable hair. I always get to choose the option, “short”.

    • Mine’s been a basic businessman’s style since I was a kid, except for a brief experiment in High School, parting it in the center and letting it grow to my collar. Never again. Blech.

      • Heh. After having hair barely long enough to qualify as fuzz for about a dozen years, I just let it grow. Now I hack it off every now and then when it gets irritating and give the length to cancer patients. Never gets “styled,” I never learned how to braid it (probably not hard), so it just gets tied back with a strip of leather or a rubber band.

        Back when I still dated, some of the girls seemed to like it. *chuckle* I dunno what it is you women do, or don’t do to look that good, but trust me we men do appreciated it. Just because some of us are uncultured rustics don’t mean we can’t appreciate beauty. *grin* Sometimes its good to be the guy.

        • I wondered why one of my sons was so determined to have long hair, no matter what the school rules were.

          Until the day I picked him up after band practice . . . sitting on the sidewalk with a girl on either side braiding his hair. Oh. Babe magnet. Got it.

      • My hair only looks good when Ethan cuts it. Otherwise, long or short it looks like a mop. Very fine, and a lot of it.

        • My wife’s hair is very fine, and won’t hold any kind of shape, no matter how much stuff they put on it.

          When i still had a full head of hair, it was so thick that I could barely get a brush through it.

          • See, mine is fine and I have a lot of it. This young man can cut it so it stays in shape and falls in shape with just a wash and comb back for about a month. I think he’s secretly using magic, but that’s fine. (And I just found out he probably went to kindergarten with #1 son, in which case… I’m older than the hills.)

            • My dad was older when I was born than you were when your youngest was born, so don’t sweat it too much. And his dad was older than that when HIS youngest was born

    • I have hair so thick that by never cutting it I get it down past my waist so that its own weight holds it down.

      this also means that Mother Nature does the styling.

    • Oddly enough, mine is most unmanageable when short.

  2. Every three or four months I notice that I still have hair and truck on down to my favorite hole in the wall barber shop. Taper in back, over the ears, please. They still charge $7 so I always give them a ten and tell them to keep the change.
    Have noticed that about half the patrons and a few of the barbers are wearing firearms so I assume it’s a favorite for local law enforcement. Always feel right at home there and about as safe as anywhere these days. Keep thinking I ought to go more often, but hair just isn’t anywhere near the top of my priority list.

    • William O. B'Livion

      I would ask for a URL, but I’m guessing they don’t do that.

      I also don’t need the cut as I take care of that when I take care of the rest of the hair on my face.

  3. Dorothy Grant

    Woo! Hair stylist time! May you look and feel fabulous when you come out!

    (What? Just because I work in an environment that requires safety vest and PPE doesn’t mean I can’t also squee with girly glee.)

    • I have the BEST hairdresser, so I’m sure I will. Anyone who in the Springs who needs a hairdresser should go to him.

    • When I was flying full time, I grew my hair out so people could tell who was “that girl pilot” (as if flying a C-172 while wearing a broomstick skirt and Victorian blouse wasn’t a giveaway.) If it gets more than waist-length, I get horrible headaches, but it is easy to style. “An inch off the bottom, inch-and-a-half off the bangs, and yes, I know they will look funny.”

    • PPE = Penguin Proof Equipment?

      • Dorothy Grant

        Personal protection equipment – a catch-all term for safety glasses, hardhat, gloves, arm guards, hearing protection, class III reflective vest, steel toed boots, fall protection harness and reel, and anything else needed to get whichever job I’m overseeing done safely. (I’m seriously tempted to get one of the kevlar bulletproof clipboards. Upper management might not get it, but enough of my guys and gals would that it’d be good for a week of laughter.)

        I, ah, don’t work in an office, nor could I wear “office wear” to work. Although I’m thinking of acquiring a vintage 1940’s classy lady’s outfit for flying my pre-WWII plane. The thought of flying a taildragger in hose and heels is a little terrifying, but the payoff of pulling it off would be awesome.

        ..besides, nothing is proof against Evil Penguin. He’s too clever. Or so Rex grumbled, last time he was repairing the liquor cabinet…

        • Most of the aviatrixes wore flight suits, tailored for comfort and not to be overly form-fitting. The traditional color, in honor of the late Harriet Quimby, is purple. However, it was a lot easier then and now to just get normal flight suit colors. Later on, you see women wearing slacks or jodhpurs (like Amelia Earhart), shirt, jacket, etc. And of course the WAFS and WASPS wore Army Air Corps flight uniforms.

          So yeah, skirt and heels has got points for coolness, but not so much for authenticity. I assume you could do it safely – you can ride horses safely in a skirt, so you could probably climb around the flight line — but it kinda makes me nervous thinking about it.

          OTOH, if you meant doing your hair and makeup Forties style and wearing a Forties-reasonable flying outfit, I could see that. You could pack your skirt and heels along, like a lot of WASPS did when they had a hot date right after the flight. 🙂

          • I know you probably know all about this, and I’m probably teaching my progenitor’s progenitor to suck eggs, but I am obsessive and easy to worry. 🙂

          • Long, full skirts on the flight line are no problem. I wore them all the time when I was instructing, and a few times when we got a pop-up cargo call and I was the only soul in the office. You do learn to check your windage, and how to keep the fabric under control while fueling and clambering up and down ladders. Disappointed several line guys trying to sneak peeks. I’d be more careful in a plane with exposed control cables, and skirts and a five-point harness don’t work. I tried, just out of curiosity. 😀

        • I used to work with migrant farm workers and I would meet with them in the field. I would wear office casual, Dockers and a button-down oxford, while waist deep in broccoli fields and half-way up ladders in cherry orchards (and I wore boots, because I’m not an idiot) because I didn’t want anyone to think I was sneaking around. I’d carry a polymer clipboard because some of the workers were not happy to see me, and discreet testing showed it to be…resistant to sharp things. I later worked wholly in a cubical in the office and managed to injure myself seriously in a fall, so go figure.

  4. I noticed my hairline was crawling further and further up my forehead. To escape any future temptation to engage in a comb-over I took control of my hair lose and took the clippers to my head. Been buzzing it off ever since. Sometimes I miss it, but then I look at an old photo and realize I look better, or at least scarier.

    I wouldn’t recommend it for our hostess however.

  5. I have a friend whose Kickstarter has just achieved its initial goal, but the stretch goals are still there. The initials chapters can be read here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cjcarella/armageddon-girl-a-novel-by-cj-carella

  6. The world is burning and you’re getting a haircut?
    😉 Good for you. Enjoy.

    • hey, listen, I’d hate to die looking shaggy

      • Paraphrasing what we used to say in Ringo’s Tavern: When death is inevitable, go out well styled.

        • The sacred battalion combed and washed before the final battle. You know, I don’t know who is cranking, and I DON’T THINK it’s the Olympians, but you certainly wouldn’t want to meet those in bad looks…

        • Scruffy I’ve lived and scruffy I’ll die.

        • William O. B'Livion

          Go out well styled, or in style?

          Because frankly I’ve never seen a corpse that looked good until the mortician got ahold of it. (I haven’t seen hundreds, but when you work in an ER, or you spend a little time wandering around the world you eventually see a few fresh ones).

          • When I was a kid I had a second cousin who worked for a bit as a mortician and a hyper, talkative uncle who occasionally make a little extra money running bodies from the hospital to the funeral home.

            “Fifty bucks a head my boy, fifty bucks a head!”

            Ah, the stories I could tell…

          • If you’ve read any of Ringo’s books you would know there usually ain’t enough left for a mortician to work with.

            • William O. B'Livion

              Which series?

              In the Posleen series you were usually food, IIRC.

              The one about Dragons there was bodies behind, and the S&M Seal usually just shot or stabbed the op4s.

      • Dorothy Grant

        Yes, I’d much prefer to look Velma or Daphne than Shaggy. Or, G-d forfend, Scooby.

    • At least she isn’t taking up the fiddle. (Or the accordian.)

      On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM, According To Hoyt wrote:

      > ** > mobiuswolf commented: “The world is burning and you’re getting a > haircut? 😉 Good for you. Enjoy.” >

  7. Given the amount of your week consumed by getting the boys started on the new school year it seems apropos. You’ve already had numerous heir appointments.

  8. As with hair care, I tend to let things simmer for a bit before reaching a decision point. Finally got there this morning over the random gravitar icon the blog kept assigning me so navigated WordPress and Gravitar registries and loaded my ugly mug into the system. Same pic I use on Facebook.
    My apologies should the view instigate a negative reaction in cats, dogs, and small children.

  9. Nothing yet. I’m shooting for a mid-October release. “A Double-Edged Wish: Book Three of the Cat Among Dragons.”

    Rada Ni Drako’s dreams come true. But dreams can turn into nightmares. Will Rada and Zabet emerge triumphant or have they leaned on their luck once too often? (Be advised, the novella is R rated for off-stage adult situations and sexual violence).

  10. dang it

  11. It’s not live yet, but I just uploaded the audio files for The Bureau of Substandards to ACX for review. Since I did all the audio work myself, I am expecting to get it bounced back for tweaking in some area. Never did any audio processing before. It was a lot of work just for five short stories, so I do NOT see myself doing full-length novels. Still, glad I tried it. Now I appreciate the hard work voice artists do 😉

    • Oh, thank you for reminding me. Today, it’s a wonderful day for painting the tardis… er… sound booth. Since it will have to sit in the living room, it’s getting painted as a tardis. That way instead of saying “What in hell is that?” it will be a conversation piece.

      • Ooo, how upscale 😉 My “sound booth” is a closet in my office, because that puts two doors between me and the cats–who firmly believe I am having a conversation that they should be a part of. Loudly. They don’t understand phones either.

      • “Today, it’s a wonderful day for painting the tardis… er… sound booth.”

        I really hope you are only talking about painting the _outside_ of the sound booth, not the inside. Paint seals the pores in sound absorbing materials and will greatly change their performance, and not for the better. I design acoustics and sound systems for a living.

    • 1. I enjoy Stross’s Laundry Files output, so I checked out Substandards during the Garage Sale. The price stopped me from buying. The current Kindle price is $2.99 for 74 pages.

      2. Yes, the Amazon reviews are uniformly five-star. Congratulations. However, the apparent literary quality is not what I’m talking about.

      (Come to think of it, I may have seen other short works offered on Kindle at a price per page that would be excessive in a conventional book.)

      3. Mostly OT: in fact, Amazon has started splitting up multipacks of groceries and adding a premium, sometimes eliminating the multipacks altogether.

      4. Mostly OT: is inflation speeding up? Especially given how they hide their spying, it wouldn’t surprise me if the feds are pulling hanky-panky (in cahoots with Crony Capital) to keep it out of the official statistics.

      • William O. B'Livion

        4. Mostly OT: is inflation speeding up? Especially given how they hide their spying, it wouldn’t surprise me if the feds are pulling hanky-panky (in cahoots with Crony Capital) to keep it out of the official statistics.

        It’s impossible to tell–the feds don’t technically engage in hankypanky, but inflation is only measured across certain times, and excludes (IIRC) energy.

        Also lots of things are generally steady state (electronics) in cost while getting better, while other things (coal) get more expensive w/out changing. If a “low end” laptop in 1995 cost $1000 and a “low end” laptop today costs $300, are they really equal? And (assuming that “laptop” was part of the calculation) what does the 2/3rds drop in price mask in the final output?

        • 1. Yes, iirc, food and energy costs are kept out of the “core rate” because of their volatility. High volatility doesn’t mean there is no trend; it only means, all else being equal, a trend is harder to quantify.

          2. Some time ago Instapundit quipped that it’s a good thing that people don’t have to worry about paying for food and energy. (IMHO part of our problem is that policymakers don’t have to worry about paying for food and energy.)

          3. I don’t have time to look up how core inflation is calculated. Unemployment claims are seasonally adjusted, but I don’t know if inflation data is adjusted before being reported.

          I do believe that people in the bureaucracy know the answer their political masters want.

          4. It used to be conventional wisdom that Democratic administrations trigger inflation. Bill Clinton was an exception, but conventional wisdom may remain correct over the longer term.

      • If you want to track your own impacty by inflation just track cost of things you buy at different stores, Make sure you recalc peirodically for reduced volume, like the new better sized toilet paper with smaller sheets and fewer count, or the smaller cookies.

        • smaller or emptier bottles of cleaners. Etc.

          • Dorothy Grant

            Smaller and fewer chocolates! The dastardly, cowardly wretches, shorting me on my rations of lovingkindness and happiness just so the price stays the same! They’re trying to get my husband killed, once a month, I say!

        • “Make sure you recalc peirodically for reduced volume, like the new better sized toilet paper with smaller sheets and fewer count, or the smaller cookies.”

          We buy paper towels at Costco. Last time I looked for some, ALL the brands (including the Costco house brand) were being made with NEW LARGER SHEETS (boldly so marked on the package as if this was a good thing) that were twice the size of the towels we used to buy. As Dr. Jerry Pournelle noted in “Oath of Fealty” this is a “rip-off” to try to get you to use twice as much towel as you need for many jobs.

          • The humble bag of Doritos, Used to be a pound ages ago, then 14 oz, then 13, then 11.5 and now 11 oz. But the price is still around the same.

      • GS:
        This is where you are re: price point, but it isn’t where other people are. I’ve found running to cheap stops the buying altogether. Sorry.

        Groceries — I buy them in subscription. This is MUCH cheaper.

        Inflation — DUH. You are being lied to.

        • This is where you are re: price point, but it isn’t where other people are. I’ve found running to cheap stops the buying altogether. Sorry.

          It seems odd that sales would drop when the price is lowered, but that presumably is an anomaly arising from fiction not being a conventional commodity.

          While you and Sabrina price your products as you think best, I will spend my money as I think best. How other consumers behave is secondary in my decision making.

          Groceries — I buy them in subscription. This is MUCH cheaper.

          I subscribe to some groceries from Amazon. The subscription prices are a fraction of the regular prices and are rising accordingly.

          If you get good deals on grocery subscriptions from elsewhere than Amazon, I;’m probably not the only reader who’d like to know more.

          Inflation — DUH. You are being lied to.

          DUH yourself. You are being lied to, though doubtless true, is not informative about inflation.

          In his response to my comment, William O. B’Livion talked about some specifics of inflation data (“It’s impossible to tell…”), and I followed up very incompletely.

          • No, it’s from Amazon. It’s cheaper than here.

            As for price, it’s a quality thing — the low price has all the misspelled/beginner stuff. It’s just the way it is.

        • William O. B'Livion

          You’re not being lied to because they’re telling you EXACTLY what they are telling you.

          You’re just expecting it to mean something different.

  12. I forget how often we are allowed to plug a book at book plug Friday. I’m pretty sure it’s too soon to mention my husband’s crime novel again, but if not, I want to send the link for next weeks post.

  13. ANYTHING I want promoted? I’ve got two:

    http://www.fuckstogive.com (Yup. We really sell these).
    http://www.gofundme.com/1w805c (Still working on this.)

    If these are NOT what you meant by “anything you want promoted”, then please feel free to delete the comment as off-topic.

  14. Well, if we can plug books…

    http://www.amazon.com/Network-Found-Future-Tech-ebook/dp/B00EP52W6Q

    If it hadn’t been for our kind hostess, I probably would never have pulled the idea out of a closet and seen if it’d hold enough air to inflate to a story. Free to borrow for Kindle Prime – I’d appreciate a review!

    • make title and name about three times the size, okay?

    • OK, is that the “I’m a tree, really” beside I-25 between Springs and Denver? The one that never fools anyone and never has?

      If you are not committed to the greenery on the left side, you could crop that, shift the antenna and bird to the left, clone the background, and put your text there. The image would still balance.

      • Nope. That is near where we live in Georgia. Doesn’t fool anyone, not even the bird…

        • Jerry,
          I was wondering because TX missed the OTHER THREE between Denver and CO springs, which don’t fool me at night, when half asleep 😛

          • I was thinking of the one in the clearing at the top of the hill. And the last time I drove from Springs to Denver, it was Sunday afternoon and I was wondering where in the h-ll all these idiot drivers had come from and please G-d may they not be going to Denver. Before then it had been about fifteen years since I’d covered that stretch of road, as a passenger.

            • They were going to Denver. Denver has er… gifted drivers. Robert just keeps screaming “This IS Broxton” (His imaginary town in Cat’s Paw with the world worst road planners. Included in this is the famous “I’d kill all the Denver road planners, but they’re probably already dead, the cowards.”

              • I’m pretty sure that Colorado Dept of Transportation has a policy to only hire civil engineers from the bottom half of the graduating class.

                • No, I’m quite positive they hired from the top ten percent, the bottom half wouldn’t be talented enough to design such screwed up roads. It is much easier to design straight roads and square blocks that actually work and make sense.

                • They hire the ones the City of Atlanta hasn’t already claimed. BTDrivenT, got the scars to prove it.

              • I went to college at CSU. I used to deliberately time my trips home so that I would hit Denver 9-10pm so I could avoid the drivers. And I was just passing through on the interstate. Sooo much stupid.

                And then I went to Norfolk. I know I’m not telekinetic because I didn’t put any cars in the Elizabeth river.

  15. Whoops – I don’t know how it came out on your browser, but I’m a trifle embarrassed – I thought I was just putting in a link and >WHAP< there was the cover and everything.

    Aargh. I wish things would be 'unexpected' like that.

  16. I haven’t been to a barber shop in 3o+ years. My wife usually cuts it. That started when I was a young Airman, and haircuts were $2.50. Jean never liked the way the barber shop cut my hair, so she began doing it herself. That’s lasted most of the time I was in service, except when I was somewhere she couldn’t join me. Now, the buzz of a set of hair clippers drives me literally to bed. My tinnitus is combined with hyperaccusis (a heightened sense of sound), and ANY noise can give me a headache from Hades.

    I need to do a complete edit of “Abducted”, and probably re-write a couple of areas. It won’t be ready to post until at least mid-October. It’s been a painful summer, and I haven’t got much else done.

  17. Sarah, can I pimp a regional Civil War history book by a relative?

  18. Ow, arrrgh. Half an hour on a stair-climbing machine that was designed by Torquemada’s love-child. Weights. 4000 words written and the next chapter’s edits and the book’s metadata approved. Plumbers have come and gone. (Ye verily, it is now a most royal flush. Yes, I need to go to bed.)

  19. The first in the Edge of Faith stories. When a madman and a giant flaming thing attack James Lawrie’s Marine outpost, the medic and an explosively talented sergeant aren’t supposed to save the day. Life becomes no simpler when Petty Officer Lawrie returns home on leave to find federal agents investigating the disappearance of a young woman from his past. A young woman whose body turns up marked with eerily familiar symbols.

  20. I submitted a friends book, but of course I didn’t follow the rules.
    Is there a way to correct this? Resub?

  21. Okay. thanks. in the AM

  22. For Atlantis users — I haven’t put a book up on Kindle since last August (life has been busy). This time around, I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to tell Atlantis to save my document as an .epub and upload it directly to Kindle — no need to use Calibre for a conversion!!! Yeah! And the 123 endnotes in my book showed up properly, and the 20 or so pictures! (But I realized that I still had a couple more tweaks I needed to make, so it’s not up yet.)

    I had received emails from Atlantis about their improvements to their eBook system, but had to download a newer version to get the improvements. (There was no charge for the newer version, since I had bought the older version.)

    OTOH, I downloaded Adobe Reader X and am not a happy camper. I’m wondering if there is any way I can go back to 9, it worked so much better on my machine (mine has Windows Vista).

  23. Do I need to have it saved as a .mobi, too?

    I’m only selling on Amazon for now — I haven’t tried selling anything on Nook, and the other ebook seller I was interested in signing up with couldn’t handle endnotes last I checked (can’t think of the name right now, but the owner of the company was kind enough to email me personally and explain that they didn’t take files with endnotes . . . whichever company it was, they had something called the meatgrinder that supposedly churned out files that were compatible with lots of kinds of eReaders).

  24. “NOTHING! I have Nothing for sale!”

    [Peddler, _History of the World, Part 1_]

    BTW: Easy way to tell if the economy is good — look at the number of cars attempting to qualify for NASCAR Cup-level races. They start 43; the closer to that number the number of cars trying to qualify falls, the shittier the economy. (And don’t count any cars which drop out of the race with “mechanical problems” before the 100-mile mark — look up the phrase “start-and-park” for details.)

    By the way: Qualifying count has been +/- 2 of 43 for the past three years. Hmmmmmmmmmmm….

  25. A regional history, The Enemy Never Came: The Civil War in the Pacific Northwest
    is a review of the life and occurrences in the Pacific Northwest during the Civil war. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0870045121/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=2271165218&ref=pd_sl_77ef5phye_e

    It covers the politics and economics of the Oregon Territory prior to and during the war, the actions in Oregon by the army, and the perceived threats during the war.
    Scott McArthur is a retired attorney living in Monmouth, Oregon, and until this year played tuba with the Civil War re-enactors 3rd Brigade Band.

    (I am working on getting his other privately published books into ebook format and possibly into hardcopy on Amazon)

  26. I’d love a mention of Pulse Chaser 😉
    Getting good reviews but selling like… well… something that don’t sell…

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9CNM60

  27. I there a particular place I can ask stupid newbie writer questions?

    • Here’s the place. Go for it.

    • Oh, and betcha you can’t come with a stupid question I didn’t have issues with.

      • The temptation, she be strong. Challenge Teh Stupid not. Do not make us prove our power to ask les question dumb.

        • Let’s have a contest.

          • I find I spend an awful lot of time fretting about quote end-times punctuation* — by which I mean end of sentences in quote marks, of course. Does the punctuation mark only fall inside the quotation mark when it is part of the phrase being quoted, or is it okay to include it “within bounds?” Are there different rules for “scare quotes”?

            I understand that there are different rules for British and American usages, but what about those of us who prefer British spellings and American grammar? Are we truly free to abuse quotation mark customs like the piratical lot we be?

            *And footnoting. When the footnote falls on a word with punctuation, such as a period, does the asterisk go between the period and the word*. or after the period.*

            • I thought I had it bad.

            • Chicago Manual says the mark goes after the closing punctuation, including outside quotation marks.

              If you are writing general stuff or your boss/publisher/journal doesn’t specify a different format, look in the Chicago Manual of Style. You don’t need the latest tome (16th ed), but it has everything and more about writing. The organization system takes a little getting used to, but it has more answers between two covers than pretty much anything else.

              • I am now and have ever been a staunch opponent of doing things “the Chicago Way.”

                When I write things for publication (a nasty vice I hope never to acquire, having seen some of the things authors will do in order to get published) I will, of course, adhere to that publisher’s style manual, but when writing comments on the internet, frankly, peeple r 4tun8 I uses stnd spellingz.

      • Hmm, maybe not. I’ve set my zombie apocalypse, at least the opening chapter, right here in my back yard. It didn’t occur to me that I would have to kill off some of my neighbors until the time came. I’m obviously not in control here. 🙂 My question, is it improper to use their real names? It’ll be a lot more work trying to remember who is who if I can’t.

        • Yes, it’s improper. Make a list of substitutions.

          • poo
            I guess I knew that. Did I win the bet?
            That was more stupid than any of yours, no? 🙂

            • No. It’s not even a writing question. It’s a “do I want to die” question. I mean, look, imagine one neighbor buys it. JUST ONE. And the whispers start…

              • Well, it wasn’t like that. The zombies got them. I tried to save them and did save a few. It’s all the fault of the Feds, of course.

                I’m getting nervous about my comma usage. Reading the style sheets. bleck

                • Sweetie — DO NOT EVEN THINK OF COMMAS UNTIL THE STORY/BOOK IS DONE.

                  • umm… That seems less than efficient. ;o)

                    • Obviously, don’t simply forget about doing any punctuation at all, while you’re doing the writing. Just don’t go back and edit for such things until the first pass-through has been completed, or else you can get bogged down in details instead of getting the more important part – completing the story – done.

                    • That’s what I’ve been doing but I find it interrupts the flow.
                      Almost as much as DW. 🙂 Actually, the rule book was dry, of course, but fairly reassuring. I did not make it down too many branches of minor detail, however. The first couple of “learn more” links cured me quickly.

                      Thanks for your input guys. I’ve always wanted to do this, but never made/found the time. Actually, I did do a couple of short stories 20 years ago, but they were very, very, very weak.

                      Took some creative writing in college, but was hated and/or feared by the liberal teachers (I was Comp-Sci). Wrecked my GPA out of spite. 😦 My life’s blood soaked the ground. Silly socialists.

                      I’ve eschewed being organized since I gave up office work, but I can see I’m going to have to re-acquire the skill, at least to some extent.

                    • Throw them in anywhere. Correct afterwards.

                  • YES–Do not worry about commas until the story is done.
                    If you can’t, style sheets (unless you are trying to get it published by a magazine or publishing company) are not reliable for creative writers. You use the comma when you need it. There are some basic comma rules like between cities and states, before a conjunction, before and after certain phrases, etc that make it easier for the reader to read and also make it easier for the reader to get the right meaning. For instance– a popular grammar book points out that “eat, shoots, and dies” has a very different meaning from “eat shoots, and dies.” And that is the whole purpose of commas–

                • I’ve heard and read so many conflicting directives on comma usage that I just use do the following: read it aloud, does the hesitations you make when reading aloud match the commas?

              • They all think I’m nuts already, friendly but loopy.

          • Oh! and thank you.

      • I’d bet you, except for the fact that we so often think so much alike.

  28. Only 1800 words tonight but the end of a scene or whatever.
    I walked around a lot but I doubt it could be measured in miles.
    I did split a cord of wood. 🙂

    I think I’m mixing my blogs here. squirrels in the attic.

  29. I have another one. I figured to post it here to refrain from hijacking another thread though maybe it wouldn’t matter. :o) You’re probably all still subscribed anyway, so……

    Description- Mine is bare bones, literally skeletal. Intentionally at this point for a couple of reasons. One, I hardly ever read it myself, any description over a couple of lines, I just skim hitting the key words: fat, dark, tall, three legged, whatever. As an example, I’ve read Tolkien half a dozen times, but I probably never read more than half of it. He did go on. Two, given one, I’m sort of fixated on “show don’t tell” and can do it pretty well, with revision. I’m just not sure whether I should make more of an effort to describe everything, or at least some things and which somethings would be more important.

    Fifty percent of my chosen beta testers want more description, but he don’t count. :o) The other liked that it really moved.

    Any thoughts/input would be appreciated.

  30. I’ve got another one for you. I’ve never really read or learned to read critically. I always get sucked right into the story, or chuck it against the wall. Like it or not, I never gave much thought to why.

    I’m trying to look at them for structure and methods now, but I’m still finding it very hard to stay out of the story.

    If you have any tip or thoughts along those lines, I’d be glad to hear them.

    Punctuation quiz on LRC this morning. I scored 55% all on account of the semicolon. One more thing to learn late.