qotd, post-holiday edition
we had 40 pictures of his shoes

many things make a post

In celebration of the time off, we spent the last few days in Baltimore. There'll be -more on that tomorrow, since I haven't the energy to upload the pictures right now.

So, a small list o' stuff while I finish up the several tons of laundry that the trip seems to have produced:

* What I need come spring.

* This is a very guilty, guilty dog.  (Stolen from Making Light)

* The existentialism of Satchel the Dog.

* Maureen McHugh applies the 10,000 hours idea to fiction writing. What she said also applies to non-fiction, imo. One of the great advantages of working for a paper, whether daily or weekly, is that you have to write buckets of words on a regular basis, which means that you can build up the hours and get paid. Of course, you have to have logged enough writing time to be competent enough to get hired -- but that is a discussion for another day as well as yet another reason to write as much as you can in and during college. Which my students don't seem to believe -- they seem to think that writing is something you can learn through listening to lectures about writing.

* Mochimocki's MIL is a cross-stitcher after my own heart. And I'd pay for a bunch of these designs, plus any that Mm comes up with.

* I might be the last to jump on the Happy Meals & Happy Hour bandwagon. Glad to be on it, tho.

* Finally, some shameless promo: a feature I did for the local almost-daily that asks if "you are better off this year."


Only an academic can say "financial legerdemain" and "hey housing market, I’m talkin’ to you" in the same breath.

I was under the impression that writers tend to get paid by their word counts or by the article, not by the hour. Or does it change once you work for an actual company instead of freelance?

How writers get paid depends on their working situation. If you work for a newspaper, you are paid by the hour or on straight salary, not on how many words you produce. If you're freelance, it tends to be on word count or pre-arranged fees, not time spent working.

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