Guys I REALLY will post later

Right now I have eczema all over my body (not an exaggeration) and I’m going to see the doctor.

66 responses to “Guys I REALLY will post later

  1. Not fun – feel better soon!

  2. Ow, ow, ow!

    Get better.

  3. Take care of yourself first! We’ll still be here.

  4. Get well– It is your first job.

  5. Patrick Chester

    Ow… hope you feel better soon!

  6. Professor Badness

    I can’t even imagine the pain and discomfort!!
    Best wishes and heartfelt prayers.

  7. Yes, take care of your health issues first. Hope you feel better soon.

  8. Not fun, that. Make with the well-feeling, soonest. We will school ourselves in patience, and get on with the getting things done. ‘Til then.

  9. Oof! Get well soonest!
    For those interested in the latest volley in the “Eradicate all adverbs!!” war, here’s someone’s take on the most recent round:

    • I’ve got nothing against adverbs most of the time, but I’ll admit that I got about halfway through that essay, where we seemed to be going in the direction of “adverbs are the tools of peace, love, harmony, and the mother goddess,” and decided maybe all those writers who wanted to ban adverbs were on the right track after all…

    • Randy Wilde

      People who want to get rid of adverbs just want to destroy an American small business.

    • Yep. These people have internalized minimalism as the “only way to write.” It’s just a current and not for everyone.
      I want them to shut up. Endlessly.

      • The thing that stood out from the article was the point that, sure, using an adverb to strengthen a boring word (the example given was something like “said indistinctly” vs “mumbled”) is a bad practice, but when you pair a strong verb with a strong adverb, sparks fly–especially if the two contradict!

        Of course, the funny thing is, “said” is also a good workhorse verb. I once read a book that, among other things, made me feel weird, and I couldn’t quite place my finger on it…until I started another book shortly after. I noticed all these “said” verbs everywhere: ten in the first couple of places; I went back to the other book, and counted all the “said”s I could, and found only ten *in the entire book*. I learned then than “said” is a good workhorse word that lets you know that someone spoke, without having to hang needless emotion and description to the speaking. In the other book, I didn’t realize it when I was reading it, but I was being overwhelmed by alternatives to “said”, making the book more cheesy than it needed to be…

    • Slate? Then Shine Up Your Adverbs, Soldiers! Make ’em Sharp and Pointy so they go in easily and add backward hooks so they come out UGLY.

    • Author must be joking. The only situations where I’ve ever seen anyone say “No adverbs!” were in writing exercises. As a tool to learn how to make words jump through hoops in new ways, it’s useful. But out of it?

  10. Don’t worry. We can entertain ourselves for a while.

    And we promise to clean up so well afterwards that you’ll never even know what we did.

    • Er, is the fast setting concrete in stock at Home Desperate? I already have the rebar and the Lime Jello…

  11. Hi, I need opinions. In the next Cat book, there’s a character named “Moshe ben Gurion” who is from Israel. Ye Editor says the name may toss people out of the story and at worst may bring some nasty responses. Thoughts, reactions? I have a couple possible back-up names.

    • I’m not seeing a problem with it. Last name is a bit unfamiliar, to my untrained “ear” it sounds more French than Israel. I say leave it alone.

      • Wyldkat, the patronymic name is a historical reference.

        The only way it messed with me is that I stopped to recall if the first name was also historical (to the same guy).

        • Being a bit weak in history, I was looking at the “feel” of the name. 😉 And it “feels” fine to me.

        • Birthday girl

          I did that just reading Red’s post here … so throwing the reader out, I’d vote yes.

          I still regret that I had the opportunity to hear Ariel Sharon speak at a local synagogue, but didn’t go because I didn’t want to go alone, sigh …

          • If you know who David Ben-Gurion is, it does throw one out the story, unless there’s a good reason for it, same as if you had Timmy Edison on the page.

            Don’t see why it would piss anybody off?

            • Because Israel. And because, apparently, my editor’s concerned that some people might take it as an insult to David ben Gurion. *shrug*

              • Not much that can be done about the Israel aspect. Ben is essentially a prefix equating as “Son of” so you could put almost anything in stead of Gurion. Moishe ben Judah, Moishe ben Jesse, Moishe ben David — anything that suits the situation. Heck, if you don’t mind bouncing the reader just a little you could toss it off as being named after the airport.

              • Not an insult, but also not a “typical” Israeli name, as far as I know. “Ben-Gurion” was a Hebraization (see of the family name “Grün” and a call-back to the historian Joseph ben Gurion (who is in turn sometimes conflated with Josephus). I would guess that most Israelis named Ben-Gurion are related to the prime minister.

                • Yep. Bottom line is that if you have a character with the same (distinctive) name as Famous Guy, you have to have a reason for it. Fiction has to be more plausible than reality

    • No worries. It’s not like you’re naming him after a K’nnn or something. *grin*

      The name reads just fine. I’ve known a Moshe, and ben Gurion sounded familiar (and I did a bit of headdesk when I looked it up, of *course* it does). This reader says keep it, if it suits the character.

      • My mom called our cat Moshe Dayan when I was little. He was born with only one eye, see. Yeah, it was a trip when mom called him late at night… Possibly one of very few times the words “Moshe Dayan, come to mommy” were uttered outside the man’s birth family.

    • Baron von Cut-n-Paste

      I’d say it’s fine. I chuckled a bit when I read it and I suspect that will be the reaction of most people who get it. Over the top Israeli name is Israeli, ha ha, now on with the story.
      For those who don’t get it, it’s not even an issue. Israeli guy has foreign sounding name (assuming the reader isn’t Israeli, although if they are, I’d expect them to fall into the first category).

    • Only Sarah could get eczema from stress from not having a house to stress over. Get well soon.

    • It’s kind of breaking the fourth wall; it could take the audience out of the story. Kind of like naming a character Matt Here.

    • fynbospress

      Um, it’s Jewish? So if you’re describing the character as typically South Korean, there may be a moment of “Wait, what?” But… otherwise, why would I care? Next up will somebody get upset at a name of Jose Ramirez from Mexico, or John Smith from England, or Boris Ivanovich Tchaikovsky from Russia?

    • Thanks. Since a few folks got distracted, I’ll change it.

      *Sigh* I just had to excise an entire scene because of the situation in Europe, since I don’t want to add a reference page with citations and links to other documents.

  12. According to WebMD “The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it’s thought to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant.” I therefore recommend avoiding all contact with SJWs.

  13. Christopher M. Chupik

    Please get well. This place just isn’t the same without you.

    • Yeah. New ownership might actually charge us rent or something. Or worse, ask for a damage deposit.

      • Where are we depositing the damage now?

        • Um, everywhere? It *was* everywhere, right?

          • Randy Wilde

            Not everywhere… the seal on the refrigerator door is fine.

            I learned in the Army that during room inspections, the 1SG *always* checks the seal on the refrigerator door.

        • Third door on the left in the east corridor. The one with a purple door and a phoenix painted to one side.

          Fluffy, the sea serpent in the minion pool, and the aardvark all approve of its being properly deposited.

          • That’s the portal to the District of Columbia, right? Consensus opinion determined that dumping the toxic wastes there would constitute an environmental improvement?

            • The aardvark vetoed it. Leaving aside what they would do with it, the damage doesn’t actually deserve THAT.

  14. Sheesh – when you do organ failure did you really have to pick the largest most visible organ? Next time let the pancreas or thyroid act up — they’re small and easily adapted to.

  15. BobtheRegisterredFool

    Pinging Shadow: Doug Cole is seeking art for his DD5 heresy.

    I’ve no idea what you look for, if you are looking at all.

  16. Awk. Get well soon.

  17. Oh. Ow. And ick. Will swol out the house for the skin horrors in the God-blesses.

  18. I was in the process of inventing a “treatment” to suggest to you, but was afraid someone would think I was serious, and start seriously telling me everything that was bad about it.

    But there were no Great Elder parts in it anywhere. I think.

  19. Testing


  20. Third time’s the charm. E=MC2

  21. Rats.

  22. BobtheRegisterredFool

    E=1/2 MV^2