March 7th, 2009

bald man thinking cap

doing the NY Times Saturday crossword puzzle

I'm not a crossword puzzle master, not like the folks who win this contest, but I do enjoy a good crossword puzzle now and then.

Once we get into the Friday and Saturday on the NY Times, I usually need a little help. The fun part of using Google to look up an answer or two is that Google's "auto-complete" feature shows that a lot of other people are doing the same thing!

See, I'm not quite so uniquely lamer on this!
yeff southpark

[writing] interesting bits of feedback from a submission

I submitted a story to an online magazine for consideration and today got back a "no", along with the feedback. What's interesting about the feedback is that they include a short comment from each person who read the story, and their vote.

In this case, all votes were "no" and the feedback boiled down to "The character knows something from the beginning of the story, and if the character instead realized this fact during the story the story would be more dramatic." I have gotten similar feedback on this story before, after a different submission and a "no".

Without going into details on the story, they're exactly right. But, if I changed the story to have the character realize the fact during the story then it would be a different story and not the story I intended to write. I also feel that following this approach makes the story more run-of-the-mill ("oh, this is one of those stories where X happens and we see those all the time").

So, I don't know what to think. Part of me says "Leave it the way it is, the feedback is valid but not relevant to this story." Part of me says "Change it." Part of me says "Write another story along the lines of the feedback."

But I also wonder if, by not changing the story, I'm going along the lines of being a Special Snowflake whose brilliant story is just not being recognized. I'm certainly not going to send the editors any sort of email acting like this ("no, *you* just don't get *my* story"), but is the resistance in my mind good or bad?

Thoughts from other writing folks?
yeff yahoo avatar

oh Firefox, you make it so hard to like you

I am not a fan of IE on the Windows laptop. It dies on anything that gets even remotely complex (Yahoo Mail, iGoogle home page, etc).

A while ago I switched to Firefox. Overall, I like Firefox. But, my god, it is slow. It takes forever to reload Yahoo Mail, to post on LJ, it hangs on Twitter, it spins on links. I check the evil that is IE6 and IE6 rips through these things with no problem.

At times, I suspect that Windows is somehow messing up Firefox, because Windows is mean like that. But truly, what is dragging Firefox down?

Maybe I should try Safari on Windows.
yeff yahoo avatar

tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 22:58 all are home, and it's bedtime #
  • 09:21 @jay_lake Is it "later" yet? I think it's "later" now. #
  • 09:21 planning out a busy "getting stuff done at home" day #
  • 10:02 @jay_lake My 8-year-old daughter is similarly very skilled at demolishing bacon supplies. #
  • 10:03 starting on the organization of math contest papers #
  • 18:01 @DianePatterson "Ok, kids, time for everyone to have their cough syrup!" #
  • 18:07 waiting for dinner to be done cookies, feeling the pressure in my sinuses. #
  • 18:26 when the potholder slips as you're moving the oven rack, the result is Not Fun #
  • 19:56 eating a tasty treat from Yogurt Monkey (or, as I call it in reference to what A gets, "Candy Monkey") #
  • 21:43 getting sleepy, even though the writing output today has not been as much as is needed. #
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