Jay Cantrell: Blog

No Post Today

September 18, 2017
Posted at 12:15 pm

I still don't have the files formatted, renumbered and ready to start Part V of Learning Curves.

The weather was nice this weekend and I decided to enjoy outside activities.

I'll shoot for Friday.

Jay C.

News and notes

September 13, 2017
Posted at 12:14 pm

Hey all,

This section of Learning Curves will be wrapping up Friday.

The final portion of this part of Phil and Hailey's journey will open next week.

I have to go through and look at chapter numbering and how it affects scheduling.

I am shooting for Monday to start but it might be Friday depending upon how badly I've screwed up.

To make up for the possible delay (and to close out Part IV with my normal two chapters), I've put up a bonus chapter today.

Take care,
Jay C.

Math Is Not My Friend

August 30, 2017
Posted at 11:56 am

Don't tell my sister (who was my high school geometry teacher) but it seems I can't count.

My carefully researched, intricately planned posting schedule has gone to crap and I find that the bonus chapter I planned for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend has arrived.

Now, I could be a jerk and skip Friday to just post one chapter on Saturday. That would get me back on schedule (probably).

Would I do that? Could I be so cruel?

Uh, yeah.

I'd do it in a heartbeat if I hadn't misnumbered a bunch of upcoming chapters. I completely skipped 124 in my numbering scheme (that counting thing again). I'm not sure if I missed more later on (it's happened before).

So since I no longer have a clue how the posting schedule works out I'll just toss up the bonus chapter today and we'll muddle through together.

Jay C.

Duplicated sentence

August 25, 2017
Posted at 11:57 am

Yep, it's there.

And I'm not going to have time this weekend to fix it.

Readers will just have to deal with it.

Jay C.

An Idea

August 23, 2017
Posted at 12:30 pm
Updated: August 23, 2017 - 8:20 pm

Today marks the anniversary of BlackIrish's birth.

As I've noted before, BlackIrish was my editor for many years before his untimely death in 2016.

I hope all writers and readers on this site will take a moment today to thank the volunteer editors and proofreaders who go above and beyond to make the stories better.

We should always be thankful to these fine folks for the work they do but it doesn't always work out that way. Nits get picked; pedants become pedantic; some people are just jerks.

I publicly offer my sincerest thanks to Desert Pirate, BlackIrish, Pixel The Cat, The Old Fart, TeNderLoin, OldRotorhead, Zom, Zoltan The Duck, blindDog, Lee, Tony Stevens, pcbondsman and the dozens of others who haven't been named or requested anonymity.

Over the past dozen or so years, these fine people have come in to sweep up the messes I always leave.

My name goes on the top of the story but the works I've posted on SOL truly are a team effort. If you like my stories, the credit goes to everyone involved.

And, of course, if you dislike my stories, the blame lies with me. These volunteers work tirelessly but, as is often said, you can't polish a turd.

To celebrate the life of BlackIrish, I propose that August 23rd become Volunteer Editor and Proofreader Day here at SOL.

Let us all take a second today and give praise where it clearly is due.

Thank you to all on this site who volunteer their time and energy. Your work, far more than mine, make this site all that it is.

Best wishes,

Jay C.