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The Dreaded Slush Pile
Two popular terms among authors and readers make me cringe every time I see them—which is much too frequently. There are some very strong opinions about this subject, too.
- slush pile
These terms generally refer to the ‘worst’ of the books, but this definition by itself creates some problems.
- There is more than one way to define the word ‘worst.’ Do you mean editing, subject matter, sales rank, very short books, web content disguised as books, or something else entirely?
- Thus, some authors take this the wrong way. “Are you talking about my book?”
Any one of these things, by itself, doesn’t necessarily make a book bad:
- Maybe an author has a fantastic story, but on a low budget, chose not to invest in an editor without knowing if the book would sell. Given a choice, I’d rather have a great story that needs editing…
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In case you haven’t heard, “Noah” is in stores today!
The much talked about, somewhat controversial movie has finally been released and is available at a retail store near you.
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I’m sitting in a Bob Evans in another town waiting to meet a friend I haven’t seen in a year. I’m early. Lucky me. I get to listen to what I’m characterizing the local redneck crackpot.
He is regaling the manager with some political lies. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on, just keep the FACTS straight. This guy can PROVE that Obama was born in Kenya…for the sole purpose of becoming President. Funny, nobody else can PROVE this. Just this very loud old man. I thought about buying his meal and having the waitress tell him with a delivered message. But I’m out of town and in redneck country. I could end up getting the air let out of my tires.
The birther fantasy is just the tip of the iceberg. He went on to talk about other things. Then that Hillary is ugly. Attack the politics of someone. Don’t attack their physical appearance and certainly don’t use lies/mistruths.
He is across the restaurant and so loud I can hear every word. I’ve yet to hear him attack the politics. And, yes, he used the “n” word. I’m angry. I’m embarrassed. I’m ashamed that in 2014 we have attitudes like this.
I’ve decided that there are ignorant people who cannot be bothered with facts.
Rant over. Comments are closed because I do not want this to turn into a political discussion. Just had to get this off my chest.
Are you an iPhone user? I am and I’m constantly learning new things. But this is something too big brotherish not to share with everyone.
It seems there is a way that your iPhone knows every single place you have been and for how long. It isn’t as simple as turning off location either. Besides, if you use your gps, you need your location on.
Anyway, the video explains how to turn it off if you are so inclined. I’m not too worried about anyone seeing where I have been. But it is still kinda creepy knowing that it is tracked.
Take a look and let me know in the comments what you think about this.
In case Charles is still speaking to me, I’m thinking this video will insure that he quits 🙂
Seriously, Charles have a great birthday!
No parlor games are complete without Pin the Tail on the Donkey!
I hope your birthday is at least filled with laughter!