June 23rd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 24 June 2011

John's need to blame Farley for his and Elly's stupidity ends up with a mild joke at Phil's expense.

(Strip Number 4190, Original Publication Date, 25 June 1982)

Panel 1: It's fairly late in the evening; having noticed that her children are upset by Farley's absence, Elly tells John that they cannot sleep and she doubts that she will.

Panel 2: Since John is a dick, he growls about how the miserable mutt has never run off like this before; this makes me wish to teleport into the room and tell the stupid piece of excrement that fences and leashes exist for a reason. (Also, Bob Barker didn't tell people to get pets spayed and neutered just to scare him into worrying about not being a man.)

Panel 3: He then makes an asinine comment about how he never thought that an animal would become part of the family.

Panel 4: This is when Phil shows up and asks if anyone's been talking about him.

Summary: The one thing the strip and the book agree upon is that Phil is the one who finds Farley; the details vary but his ability to understand the canine mind doesn't. This, of course, is probably owing to his being able to imagine things.
Snarky Candiru2

Lynn and the Humor Project.

Lynn's latest article is about a trip she recently took to attend a seminar.

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- Again, most of her fanbase have probably never heard of 'Close To Home' or its creator so her explaining things is something of a service.

- The problem is that despite having noticed that burn-out exists, her rampaging ego probably makes her misunderstand why. We know that it's because having to care for people is like tearing out our hearts; she probably thinks that it must be horrible to watch all those people complain when they should remain silent and not remind us how very lucky we are. Can't feel martyred when real suffering has to be acknowledged, after all.
* Therese

An article that reminded me of Mike . . .

How to Become an Author in 5 Incredibly Difficult Steps.

So let's review how closely Mike followed the outline . . .

Getting the Attention of a Publisher
(note that with the October letter it says he has a contract but in January it says he submitted it as an unsolicited manuscript).

Finding a Publishable Idea
There is worse on the shelves. Let's just call it an idea.

Doing an assload of research
Not buying that one. The letters don't take on the tone of someone who'd done a lot of research. IME, it'd be easier to buy if he mentioned trying to figure out how to include a cool detail on railway porters of the era.

Editing and Editing and Editing
There is no indication that he did this beyond having Elly proofread, and possibly running spellcheck.

Collecting your shitty money
Mike had no agent, so he wouldn't need to pay agent fees, but he'd still need to pay taxes on that 25k -- and, as the article points out, he's getting about a buck a book, so he'll need to sell 25k books before he sees another dollar for his work.