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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Business Bits (Last Call for Guest Bloggers)

1) Guest Blogging

Last week I put out the call for a new round of potential guest bloggers. I will wait a couple more days for stragglers, but then I'm going to put out...."Phase 2™."  It's not that you're shit out of luck if you pop a query in after...."Phase 2™," but the process might take quite a bit longer.

To let everyone in current process know, there were about seventy responses (and might be more stragglers). This means a couple of things: First of all, please know that I am doing everything I can to expedite the process, but it's going to take a while. Sending you all the...."Phase 2™" email will be easy, but once the replies to THAT start rolling in, it takes quite a bit longer. I'm sure some people won't actually ever even reply to the...."Phase 2™" email, but I'll probably have to read fifty or more articles of those who do.

Please keep in mind that there's only one guest blogging spot per week and several dozen of you, so not only will I have some tough choices to make, but I also won't have the time to give everyone I don't pick a lot of feedback about why. I will do my best to get back to everyone with some kind of reply, so feel free to send a follow up query if it seems like I have forgotten you.

2) "In The Loop Email" 

If you are a $25+ Patreon patron, gave $50+ to the Triexta Kickstarter, or are a "Patron Muse" for this blog, keep your eyes open for the latest "In The Loop" email (and be sure and let me know if you don't see it through one of these sites or in your inbox by the end of tomorrow).

If you'd like to become a patron at one of the levels to get such an e-mail (and keep getting one every month to six weeks), you can sign up for Patreon at any time, make a donation to Triexta through Paypal (label it "For Triexta" where it tells gives you the option of adding a note, and I will make sure to hand add you to the appropriate reward tier). Of course you can also become a patron muse of the blog, but this usually involves large donations, solid monthly donations (which are better done through Patreon now), or fiercely supporting the blog in non monetary ways.

Of course these "In The Loop" letters are not worth the donation amount, but they are a small, if heartfelt and intimate, way of saying thank you to some of my most generous backers and contain a few more personal details than I generally make available for public consumption.

3) Mailbox Week

To help me get back into the full throated swing of things, the rest of this week (Wed-Sat) will be nothing but mailbox posts. Your questions answered on my blog. And though I have enough to cover this week, if you'd like to get a question answered in a future post, please send me e-mail at chris.brecheen@gmail.com. I hope everyone enjoys the dropping of the knowledge.

4) 2016 Bookkeeping

While every day's main post will feature a mailbox, we will also be working hard in the background of our "brunch posts" to wrap up the 2016 of "Best of" menus and thank you posts, as well as kick of the 2017 season with fully updated tab menus. Apologies in advance to folks on RSS feeds or other similar subscription. It should only take a few days.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Emergency Tag Ins

Me? Tired? Hahahahahaha.
*single tear*
Image description: Chris looking a little not at all tired.
I got tapped late last night for emergency Contrarian duty. I had to wake up at the crack of seven forty five and head to Oakland. Today's post kind of got nuked from orbit.

As of right now, I don't know what my weekend looks like. It's a three day weekend, so we'll be taking Monday off. If it's just today I'm needed for this kidwatch, I'll get today's article up tomorrow or Sunday. If it drags on into the weekend, I may have to just call it a four day weekend and see you all on Tuesday.

Apologies for the missing post. But on the bright side, this will help me cover over $500 in vet bills.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Worst Page Turner (Semifinal 1)

What is the worst book that you simply could NOT put down.)  

The books you want to hate, you want to stop reading...but you just can't.

We've culled our quarterfinals and come up with sixteen titles, eight of which will go on to our final round.

Everyone will get three votes (3). The top four names of each poll will go on to the final round. 

Before you simply vote for your favorite five, consider that, as there is no ranking of those votes; each vote beyond one dilutes the power of your choices a little more. So if you have a genuine favorite–or pair of favorites–it's better to use as few votes as possible.

The poll itself is on the left side, at the bottom of the side menus.

Worst Page Turner (Quarterfinal 4 Results)

Here are the results of our final quarterfinal for worst book you just couldn't put down.

Text based results below.

Blake and above will be going on to the semifinal round. Everything below was either deemed too actually decent or not page-turny enough.

Be sure and stay tuned. We are now through the quarterfinals, so all the picks that made it will be combined into the semifinal rounds. The first one will go up later today.

Atlas Shrugged A. Rand 50 32.68%
The Mortal Instruments-C.Clare 30 19.61%
Left Behind—T. LaHaye 17 11.11%
Anita Blake-L.K. Hamilton 14 9.15%
Wizard’s First Rule-T. Goodkind 12 7.84%
Lord Foul’s Bane-S.R. Donaldson 11 7.19%
Looking for Alaska-J. Green 11 7.19%
Friday-R.Heinlein 8 5.23%

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2016's Top Ten

Sorry to hit you with two of these today (and a reminder to vote later on), but the one from 2015 is literally a year overdue, and I usually have the old year's bests up by the end of January. Part of getting back on the rails with all the writing I need to be doing is catching up on all these menus.

However, I
will be waiting to do the 2016 by month until this weekend.

2016's Top Ten

On "Crappy" Social Justice Teachers Are they though? Are they really?

Trust the Police? Who is dying to protect whom?

Four Things Your Editor May Not Tell You (But You Should Know) By Bethany Brengan I'm honored to have a guest post make it to the year's top ten. And it's a great article about how to work with editors.

Six Ways to Not Actually Write Want to never actually get around to putting words on the page? Here's how.

Privilege of Daily Writing and the Ableism of Prescribing It  Part 2 As good as the advice to write every day can be, not everyone can do so.

10 Reasons to Write Daily–Accentuate The Positive Instead of telling you what ills will befall you if you don't....

Where to Submit Your Short Pieces and (Hopefully, Eventually) Get Published (Bethany Brengan) Bethany got two of this year's best. And earned them both! Here's another one out of the park about what to do once you've finished the last round of polish on that really great short story.

SJB on Guns and Mental Illness and the Stories We Tell Our concern over mental illness becomes particularly keen when we're trying to avoid having other conversations.

Three Stories from the Train I took a train from Okaland to Denver late in the summer of 2015. Here are three stories from that trip and why I almost spent the night in Salt Lake City.

Don't Make it so Damned Hard Writing every day doesn't have to mean six hours religiously on your work in progress. Not everything has to be like crawling over glass.