Category Archives: Writing

Lazy Sunday Round-up

Last week I posted my first Lazy Sunday Round-up. I decided to do this so I could post on Sunday without actually having to write anything, hence the title.

Last week, only two of the pingbacks went through and I haven’t been able to send pingbacks from this blog at all since then. I have sent a support ticket and look forward to getting this sorted out. While pingbacks help generate traffic to our blogs, my main reason for wanting the pingbacks to go through is because they show appreciation for the people whose work I link to.

Speaking of support, WordPress announced yesterday that they will now be offering 24/7 support. Way to go WordPress! It’s a nice way to start off this week’s round-up.

That’s the good news. Now for some bad news from PZ Meyers at Pharyngula:

As someone who takes his laptop everywhere, PZ is rightfully concerned about the ongoing erosion of our civil liberties, just as we all should be.

In Gender Rights are Human Rights, Ryan discusses the matter of choice in regard to transsexuality. How much of a choice is it for transexuals, and should that really matter? Ryan’s take is that he is what he is: it doesn’t matter why, and he shouldn’t have to justify it to anyone. And I totally agree!

Ed Darrell at Millard Filmore’s Bathtub has an interesting post which discusses tips for helping loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. He also has a rather disturbing post about the perils of teaching evolution. I admit to only watching about half of the video. It started to make me angry and I didn’t want to begin the day in a foul mood.

On a similar note, Chris Petroni, author of Allusions of Grandeur, discusses “the impending destruction of Texas’ science standards” in God Bless Texas. As a parent to a child attending public school in Texas, this concerns me deeply.

Mike posted an excellent short story entitled One Fine Night and an awesome drabble entitled Run On.

Gary’s been chatting with Elvis’s friend, Marty Lacker, regarding Tommy Steele’s claim that Elvis Presley visited London in the late 1950s. It’s interesting and thorough, and as Marty says, “Elvis is a historical Cultural Icon and it’s important that his history be accurate and true.”

As much as I disagree with some of the ideas being promoted at Feministe, as someone who lives with chronic pain, I found this post by a Feministe guest-blogger very interesting. Amandaw has a lot of tips for managing pain without (or in addition to) pain medications. Good read!

Well, that’s all for this week. Hope everybody gets their pingbacks!

Have a good one!


Lost: One Best Friend

For our Idiosyncratica challenge this month, Mike suggested we write a drabble, which is a short story written in exactly 100 words. I was terrified at first, but it turned out to be quite fun.

So, I will now introduce my very first drabble entitled, Lost: One Best Friend:

Julz asked me why I stayed. Why would she accuse me this way? I might not have known she was blaming me. It almost sounded like she cared; like she loved me. Good thing They told me about this.

All these years I thought Julz was on my side. She made a good show of it, for sure. Now I know she blames me. That’s not love.

But where will I go now? Julz was I all had. But They care! They’re the ones who warned me about people like Julz.

What’s that new sign in their window?

Victims Wanted?


Thanks Nick @ WordPress!

When I have a complaint, I don’t mind voicing it. But I also think it’s important to recognize people for a job well done.

To be honest, I didn’t expect much support in response to my complaint which I outlined in Tags Gone Wild. But come to think of it, the reason I didn’t know what to expect is because I’ve never had to send in a complaint before. Seven months with WordPress and not a single issue. That says a lot for these guys, in my opinion.

Anyway, I wanted to let everyone know that Nick @ WordPress has been just great about helping with this problem. He’s followed up periodically throughout the day and I just received another email from him. He wanted to let me know which of my posts he could still see in the public listings and to ask if I was having trouble with any others. That was very cool!

I appreciate the prompt attention that was given to this matter. They could have easily ignored me, but they took my concern seriously and treated me respectfully. I get the feeling we have a really nice bunch of people behind the scenes here at WordPress!


Tags Gone Wild

I am starting to get really pissed off about the crazy shit happening in the tag listings here at WordPress.

I like to check the listings for tags I use to try and find other blog posts on the subjects I’ve written about. In doing so last week, I discovered that several of my posts had never been listed at all.

I did a little poking around and found out that if you use “too many” tags, your post might not get listed. Trouble is, no-one (and this includes staff) seems to know the magic number that will boot you from the listings. They say you shouldn’t use more than twelve or so (that includes tags and categories combined) but that’s not a hard and fast rule. We’re supposed to just keep in mind that the more tags we use in a post, the less likely that post will be listed.

Vague enough for ya?

So I go back and remove some of the tags from the posts that hadn’t been listed and, voila! The posts are listed. Problem solved, right? Hell no!

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Finding My Fictional Way

Gary, my friend and fellow blogger, recently had the idea to start a blog ring/group for writers and readers of fiction. The name of the group is Idiosyncratica, and you can find links to all the members in my menu.

Although I’m more of a reader than a writer, this has rekindled a long-neglected desire to write fiction and I have to admit, it’s somewhat frightening.

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