Archive for January, 2008

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Best Post for Week of 1/26/2008

January 27, 2008

One of the more technical blogs that I follow is written by Eric Sink, Eric.Weblog().  Eric has a very interesting post about the Perils of Wikipedia when you’re relatively well known, at least within the tech community.  Be sure to read to the end.

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Heath Ledger

January 24, 2008

As you probably have heard by now, Heath Ledger has died.

My wife made the point that it’s been quite a while since an actor like Ledger came along, impressed us with his (or her) acting prowess, and then died so tragically young.  For me, I think the last one to fall into that category was River Phoenix (from Sneakers and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

Heath, you will be sorely missed, with all the pieces of our hearts.

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Best Post for Week of 1/19/2008

January 19, 2008

I write software for a living, and have been playing with computers since early grade school.  As a result I am very much a geek at heart, so the topic of this week’s “Best Post”, bionic contact lenses, plays to that in a big way.

If I could get these in an extended-wear variety, I could fall asleep at night watching my favorite movie.  For that matter, I wonder how much of a shock it would be to wake up to a movie instead of simply the radio like I do now.

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Words, words… words!

January 17, 2008

The page count is still climbing.  Actually it took a drastic jump two nights ago when I reformatted the novel.  I’ll explain.

I’ve read authors’ that blog about the progress they’re making on their current book, and specifically how many pages they got done.  When my wife and I started writing ours, we wanted to measure my progress in pages, but if we wrote it to “submission” standards (1″ margins all around, double spacing, etc.), one page in the word processor wouldn’t translate to one page in a printed book.  So, I grabbed a paperback that I thought would have roughly the footprint as what I was writing, and copied a page into Word.  I then played with the spacing and margins until the page that I typed fit exactly onto one page.  With these settings one page in Word would match the print version.

We wrote the first 80 or so pages like that, but two nights ago I decided to reformat it to better fit what a publisher would like.  I had to change my font, some dashes here and there, and so on, but the biggest changes were to the margins and the line spacing.  I went from 1/2″ margins to 1″, and 1.5 line spacing to double spacing.  As you can expect, the page count jumped dramatically: 84 pages turned into 137.

The story is long enough now that even small changes to the formatting cause noticeable jumps in the page count.  Once we get closer to submitting we may have to tweak the formatting further, which would change the page count.  So, instead of worrying about the page count so much, I think I’ll focus more on the word count.  That won’t change with reformatting, yet it is still a measure of the length of the story.

The current word count stands at 36,480.  Yep, this will definitely be a novel.

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Best Post for Week of 1/12/2008

January 12, 2008

This is a new weekly series, showcasing the best blog posts on the Web (or at least of the ones that I’ve read) in the past week.

If you don’t mind the profanity, this is a hilarious rant from author Jeff Vandermeer.  I’ll never be able to hear the words "monkey sea-sled team" again without laughing.

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