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Some poorly chosen words

January 10, 2008

Last Friday, Golf Channel announcer Kelly Tilghman joked that Tiger Woods’ opponents should gang up on him and “[l]ynch him in a back alley.”

Let that sink in for a minute.

Tilghman’s apology statement said she “used some poorly chosen words…I have known Tiger for 12 years and I have apologized directly to him. I also apologize to our viewers who may have been offended by my comments.”

Woods has apparently accepted the apology, but this news item really puts what I do here into perspective.

“Poorly chosen words” bore. They can turn potential customers away. A poorly chosen word is one that needs revision or editing or just that final tweak to make an article sing. Tilghman’s comment, I think, goes beyond “poorly chosen” and into the realm of “really stupid.”

Here, “poorly chosen words” are themselves very poorly chosen.

Worth Reading: In Search of Bill Watterson

October 22, 2007

New York Magazine links to a Cleveland Scene piece about trying to track down the elusive Bill Watterson, the Calvin and Hobbes creator who virtually disappeared from public life after retiring from his comic strip. Also included is a biography of Watterson. I for one never knew all this about him. I knew the guy was talented and that he refused to sell out (whatever that means)…definitely an interesting read.


Calvin & Hobbes belong to Bill Watterson. Please don’t sue me

But what’s the occasion to link to a 4-year-old article about a guy who hasn’t done anything the media’s paid attention to (or could pay attention to) in years?

Just this: A new biography of Charles Schulz, Peanuts creator, hit shelves earlier this month, and the Wall Street Journal asked Watterson to write the review. And he said yes.

(Aside for DC residents: Biographer David Michaelis will be at Olsson’s Penn Quarter this Thursday at 7pm to discuss and sign copies of Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography.)

Nanowrimo part 2

October 19, 2007

So now that I’ve complained about how Nanowrimo steals a month of your life away and you’d have to be CRAZY to want to sign up, another perspective, excerpted from my post over at Dailywritingtips:

Kickstart Your Writing With Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo teaches important writing habits that no fiction writer can afford to ignore:

1. Discipline: …Forcing yourself to write more is like the old story of the marathon runner training with weighted shoes…

2. Ignoring the internal editor: With a quota of four pages a day, you can’t afford to be a perfectionist…

3. Losing control: Many new authors try to control the plots of their stories and novels, resulting in deus ex machina situations, wooden characters, or unbelievable twists…Nanowrimo novels often stink, but participating is a wonderful way to practice the writing habits you need every day of the year.

Go check it out.

This is an awful idea.

October 18, 2007

I don’t know what sparked it, as I haven’t thought about this in almost two years, but today I found myself at Nanowrimo‘s website, thinking about signing up.

Nanowrimo–or National Novel Writing Month–turns November into Crazember, asking would-be writers and published novelists alike to crank out 50,000 words before December 1.


This is your brain on Nano. flickr:rex dart:eskimo spy

I’ve only “won” Nano once, and haven’t had time to participate for the last two years, but there is always something alluring about the prospect of speed writing.

When I was a Nano participant, however, I was in a college dorm, which meant it was simultaneously easier to not become a hermit and harder to actually finish the dratted thing. This time, it’d be just the opposite. I love the discipline of it, but it turns people (maybe just me) into crazy folk.

Despite all this, for some writers Nano can be great. I’ll talk more about that in a separate post.

Buy a Friend a Book week

September 28, 2007

I love this concept. From the site:

“Just get yourself to a real-life or virtual book store… and, well, buy a friend a book! But here’s the fun part: you can’t buy your friend a book because it’s their birthday or they just graduated or got engaged or had a baby or anything else. You have to give them a book for no good reason. In fact, this present out of the blue from you should shock the pants off of whomever you decide to give it to. And it’ll make them happy. And that’s the point: promote reading, promote friendships.”

The next Buy a Friend a Book week starts this Monday!