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Well I hack about any way! I write because I find on days like today that I've started reading five different stories and rejected them all. Some read like a blotter report, and others, well I volunteer proofread to say the least in part because some (indeed most)errors I see in a story detract from my enjoyment of the experience of reading it. Will I proofread your story? You can always ask. But I will say that in general I have standards there too. Some stories I won't proof because they wouldn't have interested me in the first place. I hope I do well to keep errors in my stories to a minimum. Though actual errors are not my problem, but rather a somewhat deeper problem, namely, that I write dense prose. I write complex sentences and express complex ideas, all at the same time. So, speaking over the heads of my audience (if you're reading my stories and can get past the complexity of Pauline sentence structure get out your thesaurus you may need it) is something I need to work on personally. It is also why I ask for proofreading help, though while I will always hold that I do need that what I need more is an editor who helps me reign in my tendency to try to write the longest sentences possible.
Oh, if I can get Joe to stop monologuing I may be able to wrap up Its a Helluva Job soon!
Asstr is down, maybe permanently. Why? Because in the words of that grand master of Sci Fi Robert A. Heinlein, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch. The people who started asstr.org started with the premise that they would run their site entirely ad free, and only on donations. This business model is failing for them, which means that in all probability they may no longer be able to operate, removing them from the web.
What then about Laz and his site? Laz accepts donations in kind (that's all the stories you read here) but he also offers a subscription service if you aren't an author who is prolific enough to access it. Do I recommend that service? By all means, after all there ain't no such thing as a free lunch! So if you can and are paying, thank you, you might consider breaking free time or money for asstr.org too after all it would be sort of sad to see them go away.
As I noted in my last blog I'm working on something and posting at http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/forum/fabrication-lab/2358-nowhereville I've posted a new chapter, If you would be so kind as to take a look if you're interested in TV-TG type of stories. Any comments would be appreciated as well. Either here or there.
If you're interested in anything else I may have written, here is something I've experimented with: http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/forum/fabrication-lab/2358-nowhereville Just remember that Whateley is a genderbender website and know what sorts of tails might ensue!
Well this year looks like it will be far less prosperous than last. I guess I'm incurably paranoid. I look at online (almost the only kind any more) job application forms and just freeze. I don't want to do them, they terrify me. Also, because if I don't regularly use a site the whole username/password thing is useless as I forget the passwords and usernames I choose, even though the first is usually a variant of my name and the second I try to make relevant to the site itself... I have to use a password rather regularly to recall it (why I never bought into bitcoin though I think the idea is excellent) because to write down your username and password is almost as bad as using your first and last name and 123456789 as your username and password. (which for all you hackers out there I do not do!) So I'm at an impasse so far as getting a job or even getting back to school... :-( I do not see 2018 as being at all happy or prosperous. Indeed I see the end of the line and it looks like a blank wall approaching at light speed.
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