August 17, 2009

I’ve nearly finished the 4th draft of my novel ‘Railroaded’, in it a character has a touch of the runs or ‘diarrhea’.  Now my middle school spelling tests have deserted me and I spelt it so badly that the Word spell check had no idea what word I was trying to spell so couldn’t offer me the correct version.

I went online to search out the correct spelling and found it here at Dictionary.com.

diarrhea

–noun Pathology. an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations.

I just love the explanation, especially the last bit; fecal evacuations.

Usually dictionary definitions offer such plain, logical descriptions without evoking any emotion or human connection to the word in hand.

This definition not only gives you the meaning but brings you back to a time when you gripped the porcelain throne, straining for one last evacuation hoping it was the last as your ringer couldn’t take anymore.

I’m sure Samuel Johnson would be satisfied with this great definition for an English word.  I know I am.

August 14, 2009

In a word; domain squatting twats.

That’s 3 words but you get my meaning.  When looking for a domain name I obviously checked out www.benellis.com first which is already very capably occupied by Ben Ellis, film director.  Top marks to that esteemed member of the Ben Ellis community.

My next visit was www.benellis.co.uk which has been registered and is an empty wasteland on the internet, not only that but an embarassing gap in the Ben Ellis canon. I sent a letter to the registrants address but received nothing back.  Philistines.

With the two main options unavailable I had to revise some of my domain purchasing pet hates, most notably; I hate hyphens and I refuse to buy anything other than .com’s or co.uk’s.

This could be hosted on www.benellis.mobi or www.benellis.me.uk but I have more class than to stoop down to that level of desperation.

I would have relented on the hyphens for www.ben-ellis.com or www.ben-ellis.co.uk but they’re being violated by domain squatting twats. May those poor souls be rehabiliated and let back into the Ben Ellis community soon.

I don’t speak leet but using numbers as letters is an idea to get some more  domain name options, especially if you’re not an established entity and have the freedom to wiggle about and use some artistic licence.  I also liked the idea of using numbers to help make an interesting logo for the site.

I thought about using ‘1’ for the ‘i’ but the two ‘e’s as ‘3’s is enough.

I actually really like www.b3n3llis.com now.  Even if benellis.co.uk became available, I’d refuse it and let some other pillar of the Ben Ellis world grab it and establish it as the tower of BenEllisdom it is so surely destined to become.

So, that’s about the the long and the short of it.  Not terribly interesting or groundbreaking, merely relevant.

Let’s get this thing over with shall we?

The creation of this blog is to serve as a dumping ground for any writing that I do and anything that stems from it.  At the moment that just consists of this blog, which if you think about it too hard sends you into an infinite downward spiral.

I’m writing this even before I’ve done the blog design, layout or worked out what kind of stuff I’ll put up here.  I guess that’ll evolve over time.  I have done some writing though.  There’s a handful of short stories and a novel.

The novel is the main reason for this blog.

The reason came from listening to this writing podcast I stumbled across a few months earlier – The Writing Show – in particular this episode – What Do Publishers Want from Query Letters and Proposals? Jennifer Silva Redmond is an editor and in the interview (about 20 minutes in) she says that a writer needs to not only sell their story but also themselves.  Any positive points you can toss into the mix is a bonus and a way to stand apart from all the other wannabes.  One such tip is to not be a know-it-all arsehole.  Another one is to write a blog.

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