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Forum: SLC 23 April 2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 24,991
Posted By Brad from Georgia
When our dog Tripper effects a yard escape--and...

When our dog Tripper effects a yard escape--and he's a hound Houdini--instead of calling him to come back home, just go sit on the front porch. After three hours of racing around the neighborhood in...
Forum: SLC 19 April 2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 1,011
Views: 230,484
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Squirrel I'm working in my home office on a book, looking...

I'm working in my home office on a book, looking out my office window at our back yard. The squirrel-proof bird feeder my wife bought me doesn't work when hung on the bracket attached to the fence...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 19 April 2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 445
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Speaking as the spouse of a woman whose classroom...

Speaking as the spouse of a woman whose classroom gerbil once had to have $700 worh of emergency surgery, yeah, a pet is an important and binding commitment.
Forum: The Bad Gastronomer 11 April 2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,427
Posted By Brad from Georgia
We tried one, and weren't thrilled. The meals...

We tried one, and weren't thrilled. The meals were repetitive--same or similar side dishes for two out of four meals--but worse was the packaging. We had an enormous amount of cardboard and foamed...
Forum: Amusement Bark 09 April 2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 235
Posted By Brad from Georgia
R.I.P. Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann, actor and voice-over artist, has died at the age of 83, according to this story. (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chuck-mccann-dead-comic-actor-kids-tv-host-was-83-1024097) He...
Forum: Amusement Bark 07 April 2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 561
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Pie is from Thinner.

Pie is from Thinner.
Forum: Social Studies 03 April 2018, 12:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,245
Posted By Brad from Georgia
When I coordinated our university's study abroad...

When I coordinated our university's study abroad programs, one site was in Ireland, and a representative from the host institution came to speak to students. He consistently pronounced the country's...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 14 March 2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,558
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Sorry, Darth. I've always been the designated...

Sorry, Darth. I've always been the designated driver for final trips to the vet, and it tears me up every single time. Condolences.
Forum: Techno-Babble 14 March 2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,989
Posted By Brad from Georgia
I liked his popular science books. R.I.P.

I liked his popular science books. R.I.P.
Forum: Book Corner 01 March 2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 477,822
Posted By Brad from Georgia
I am reading the book I just wrote because I'm...

I am reading the book I just wrote because I'm into the revision process.
Forum: Police Blotter 22 February 2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 13,073
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Kids are murdered in schools and the solution is...

Kids are murdered in schools and the solution is to effectively turn schools into prisons?
Forum: SLC 22 February 2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Oh, you can never bring up Harry Potter to an...

Oh, you can never bring up Harry Potter to an editor. If you do, the reply is always "Harry Potter is an exception."
Forum: SLC 18 February 2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 478
Views: 33,189
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Definitely no Nutella, and no squirrels unless...

Definitely no Nutella, and no squirrels unless they sneak in during revisions. There is an endearing Labrador retriever, but he's dead from the get-go.
Forum: SLC 18 February 2018, 07:51 PM
Replies: 478
Views: 33,189
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Squirrel Finished the first draft of a new 65,000-word YA...

Finished the first draft of a new 65,000-word YA (and Wishbone-free) novel today. I promised to deliver it to my agent by the end of March, so after a few winding-down days I will begin rewriting.
Forum: SLC 17 February 2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Okay, dipping my oar in again . . . . Today...

Okay, dipping my oar in again . . . .

Today something reminded me of an incident thirty years ago. I was visiting the Science Fiction and Mystery Bookshop (alas, since defunct) in the North...
Forum: SLC 16 February 2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Squirrel I'd say if you're writing a novel on spec without...

I'd say if you're writing a novel on spec without a specific publisher in mind, make the protagonist 14 if you want to. I do think the prohibition is, as I said, more of a superstition than anything...
Forum: Police Blotter 15 February 2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 13,073
Posted By Brad from Georgia
GenYus, in 1996 the Repulican-controlled Congress...

GenYus, in 1996 the Repulican-controlled Congress threatened to shut down the CDC...
Forum: Police Blotter 15 February 2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 13,073
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Now a white supremacist militia claims the...

Now a white supremacist militia claims the shooter was one of their own. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/breaking-news/militia-says-school-shooting-suspect-was-member/ar-BBJbhvT?li=BBnb7Kz
Forum: Police Blotter 15 February 2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 13,073
Posted By Brad from Georgia
When is it time to talk about not killing kids? ...

When is it time to talk about not killing kids?

Only before they're born? After that, they're fair game?

God in Heaven, our society should not tolerate this.
Forum: SLC 15 February 2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Been fighting a stomach bug for the last couple...

Been fighting a stomach bug for the last couple of days, so now I'm catching up. I am within touching distance of the end of the first draft, but probably won't be able to write the last five...
Forum: SLC 13 February 2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Depends entirely on the editor. Each one has a...

Depends entirely on the editor. Each one has a variety of crotchets. One writer i know gripes because her editor always inserts a reference to violets in her books because "good writers have...
Forum: SLC 12 February 2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Fifteen. Now it's golden.

Fifteen. Now it's golden.
Forum: SLC 12 February 2018, 02:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
Harry Potter is always an anomaly. "Cut this...

Harry Potter is always an anomaly. "Cut this manuscript by 10,000 words. Kids won't read any book over 50,000 words." Gee, Ms Editor, all the Harry Potter books were over 60,000 words. "Harry Potter...
Forum: SLC 11 February 2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
I suppose I should explain for the benefit of any...

I suppose I should explain for the benefit of any aspiring YA writers.

The editors say (and I'm not sure this is so; there are editorial superstitions, like "a book with an orange cover will not...
Forum: SLC 11 February 2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,661
Posted By Brad from Georgia
But nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! ...

But nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Brad "our chief weapon is surprise! And Nutella!" from Georgia
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