Friday, July 30, 2010

At the end of July 2010

Just checking in:

1) After the 17th time someone critiquing my resume complained about it, I'm dropping my wittylibrarian email and switching to a more professional-looking email account with Gmail.  No, I won't post it here for all those damn Chinese spammers to snatch up.  Nyah.

2) I know, I KNOW I keep screaming I won't do it again, but the deadline for the 3-Day Novel contest is back and I'm sorely tempted to try yet again.  Maybe if I did it as a serialized work, each chapter akin to a short story, if I think of it in short story terms and all...

3) Job hunting.  Still sucks.  Libraries are getting cut.  My old branch - Centennial Park - is under threat of closing by Pasco Libraries.  :(  Am sending angry letters to commissioners as I type this.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Shall I dare do another 3 Day Novel contest?

I keep swearing off that thing, but then August rolls around and I get tempted with an idea for a novel to write and then... ggaaaaaahh.  The one thing truly stopping me at this moment?  I seriously don't have the $50 needed to register.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I Write Like... Paul Wartenberg! ...Nah...

So there's this new website that the bloggers and twitters are chirping aboot called I Write Like.  As a writer I was tempted to submit my short stories for comparisons...

"Banging the Pipes," The earliest short story that I have the most love for came back as writing like... James Joyce.

I write like
James Joyce
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Whew.  Previously I submitted just the first few paragraphs but that came back as Dan Brown (AUUUUGHHH)

For "Fifth Annual Office Golf Showdown," the short story that actually won Second Place for a contest, I wrote that like

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Who is actually a name I recognize but never read (the short story is entirely dialogue, I wonder if that has an effect).

For the last short story in my story collection Last of the Grapefruit Wars, "Snipe Hunt," that came back as

I write like
Vladimir Nabokov
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Which is weird: when I submitted just the first three pages it came back as Stephen King.

You know what?  All this inconsistency. I write like Paul Wartenberg.  So there.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

And for your troubles, the great moment in history that the history books cleaned up:


EDIT: for the life of me, I tried to shrink the video feed to fit the blog column.  I must be missing a step, working on it.

EDIT EDIT: fix'd.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

What do I have to do to get more traffic to this site? Write about sex?

...sigh.  Lemme break out the Porn Tropes...

No more Chinese Spam!  If you guys spam here, at least do it in Esperanto!  Show some effort!