Empire Avenue has started a new way to rank people in various indexes. I don’t pretend to fully understand the purpose of it, but two cool things came from it. I set up a Empire Avenue profile for my book A Man of Few Words. Well, it is a Vice-President in the Writing Index. Even cooler, my personal account is the CFO. What does all that mean? I don’t know. But it should give me some visibility, which is always good.
Archive for February, 2011
The good kind, I won’t need gloves for this. At least, I hope not.
After a friend told me on numerous occasions that I should write for Examiner.com, I finally got around and signed up for it. Back at the beginning of February, I became the King of Prussia Writing Examiner. Basically, I’ll give out quick writing exercises, writing tips, other writing stuff. I haven’t really been promoting it because I felt I should build up a foundation of articles so people could get a feel for what I’d be writing about. At least, that was the plan. I have several articles that I need to polish up, but I’ve been caught up in a few other things lately. But I’m announcing this now to give people a head’s up and so they can start checking it out.
As part of my writing groups, I’ve had to critique works by these “one with the universe” people. Usually, I just grit my teeth and focus on stuff like grammar, and just ignore what they’re saying because to me it’s all gobbledygook. But recently as I read though one of these works, there were phrases that reminded me of scenes from Babylon 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation. This got me thinking, and I realized that if a person had walked up to me and said this:
I’d walk away from them, and hope that they would get the counseling or medication they needed. But since it’s an alien saying it, it almost makes sense.
The Navy has a commercial where they mention the “five oceans.” Five oceans, I thought. Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian …. What the hell’s the fifth ocean? I was starting to feel like an idiot. So I went to Wikipedia and found out the fifth ocean is … The Southern Ocean, even though some question its existence. Makes me wonder what else I’ve missed since I’ve left elementary school.