Reading poor writing desensitises you to it, and if you’re not careful soon we’ll all be drowning in custard.
This might be a short post because I’m trying to review five books and a camel today. Okay, it’s not that bad, but I have a few things I need to do before I can sit down and edit my work in progress.
If you pay any attention to the self-publishing world, you’ll have heard the frequent cries of outrage about how badly edited some self-published fiction is. I’m not going to argue that point. I’m going to assert some self-published fiction is terribly edited and some is not, and if you don’t agree with me you can go play on the see-saw on your own because I’m not going to play with you.
Glad we got that out of the way.
Now that we’ve established some self-published fiction is poorly edited, here’s my claim:
Reading it is bad for your health.
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I came late to the joy of coffee, and the road there had its fallen trees, potholes, and badly signposted detours, but coffee and I have settled into a very happy relationship.
Did you see that I wrote a new short story? You can read The Emperor’s Cat here. Yes, it’s about a cat.
For various reasons, this week has been hard. Actually, it’s currently only Monday, so let me revise that.
Last week was hard.
Don’t ask why. I couldn’t tell you.
But hard weeks make me appreciate the good things in life, and last week made me appreciate coffee.
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Once your job application has an employer’s attention, you need to stun them with your resume. Here’s how to use your best weapon: honesty.
Recently I wrote a post about how to catch an employer’s attention with your job application. I even called the post “part 1”, intending to write a part 2.
This is it.
You got your application into the correct inbox. Now, how do you make your resume stand out?
Having recently read 110 of these monsters (did I mention that?), I can give you the definitive answer.
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Did you know it’s been 25 years since Aladdin came out? (Thanks, Emma Cox! – @scyian) It’s enough to make me feel old.
Lots of movies are like that–it feels like they came out only recently, but it’s been ten years or more.
It does suggest a way of dividing your life into eras: by the movies that came out over that period. That’s what I’m going to do.
Okay, here are the rules. I have to pick one movie (or occasionally a few) from each year of my life that I saw soon after it came out and that I loved.
I’ll start with The Little Mermaid, which is the first movie I remember watching at a cinema.
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The Procrastination Critter is a sneaky creature. Why don’t you procrastinate a while and read my strategies for defeating him?
I had good intentions this morning. I planned to get up, do a bit of housework, do a couple of writing sprints for the new short story I’m working on, and then write my blog post for tomorrow.
That’s not quite how it turned out.
I haven’t added a word to my short story and I’m only starting this post now. But I did learn some useful things.
I learned that listening to an audiobook makes sorting out recycling more fun.
Listening to the audiobook, I learned why they say you should cut at least 10% of your word count when you edit.
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