Don't Shake the Flask

Because you don't know if it'll explode

Two Links

(a.k.a. My Target Audience Is Apparently Googlers Who’ve Clicked the Wrong Result)

Publishers Weekly Reviewers Now To Be Paid Even Less. Hm. I’m just thinking about how much I’ve been paid for my short stories and the somewhat leech-like approach of publishing academic papers and still, those reviewers are making more than me, word for word. But whatever the kind of writing, writing is a sucky money maker. Unless you’re already famous, you definitely don’t do it for the money.

(An additional “hm”: I write reviews. On this site. So that means I’ve been writing them for free. Mostly as an outlet because real life doesn’t give me much opportunity to talk about my choice of books in any sort of meaningful manner. Not that anyone online reads my reviews anyway.)

NaComLeavMo. (via BlogHer) In theory, this sounds like a cool activity–who wouldn’t like to get comments? But in practice, this is very hard. Not the actual typing of the comment, but the motivation. Some blogs leave me feeling intimidated–due to a mix of subject matter I know little about and a cadre of regular, rabid commenters. Take, for example, the list of participants for this thing. I have almost nothing in common with infertility and mommy bloggers (or even the “minority” of political, knitting, or cooking bloggers). And I have no doubt that they’d find my little online exercise pointless.*

*Rant redacted. I’m really disgruntled that this is just a one month thing. Sure, there will be a flurry of posts, but after the month is over there will be NOTHING. And stupid, contentless comments like “I LUV THIS POST!!!11!!!” don’t count.

Memes

Booking Through Thursday: Manual Labor Redux

Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not? Do you ever read manuals? How-to books? Self-help guides? Anything at all?

It depends on whether or not I’ve used the gadget before. And how patient I am at wading through the documentation. If I’ve used it before, no. If I haven’t, I’d probably only read the relevant bits of information in the manual. And yes, I’ve read manuals before–or rather just parts of them. (For instance, I don’t read the troubleshooting section unless I actually have something to troubleshoot.) It’s the same with how-to books. I only go to the section that is relevant to me. Self-help, I don’t read them. As for anything at all–I’m not sure what you mean by this question. Is it rhetorical? Well sometimes I go to the internet to search for help.

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The Thursday Threesome: Mark My Words

Onesome: Mark–ing devices? What do you use to mark things up around the house, school, work, wherever? Does the Sharpie rule? …or do you believe in the sanctity of the pencil?

Geez, when did I last use a pencil? Maybe last year on an exam? Or maybe I did it in pen. Anyways, when I’m labeling things in lab, it’s always in Sharpie. When I write something down, it’s in black pen. Or it might be in some other color if I’ve found that all the black ones have mysteriously disappeared.

Twosome: “My– day starts off best when I……” I’ll let you fill in the blank at your place!

…am awake.

Threesome: Words– of a feather clump together? Nah, but hey: what word pairings do you use routinely? Are you into alliteration? …pithy comments? ‘Down home’ sayings? Give it up for Thursday!

On this blog, I use a lot of transition words like “at any rate”. I don’t have any particular fondness for the phrase, but it is the lazy way out when I’m trying to finish a post quickly.