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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230

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I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

Pop-ups, Splash Screens, and the Seattle Times

I had a friend recommend an article to me today.

This article was on the front page of the Seattle Times website, so it was pretty easy to find.

It was impossible to read.

There were so many things happening on the website all at the same time that the text would scroll up or down a line

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Plagiarism, Addiction, and “Assassin of Secrets”

I write with a constant worry that I’m stealing.

Unconsciously, semiconsciously, subconsciously, stealing the lines and words and phrases of other writers. To a certain extent, of course, I am. There are a finite number of words in English, and therefore a finite number of phrases. Someone, sometime, somewhere, has already written “There are a finite

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Best Email Ever From a Dissatisfied Reader

From a certain Ms Krantz in Philadelphia, PA:

Dear Mr. Montgomery;

I purchased your novel “Cursing the Cougar” for my Kindle from amazon.com last week. I began reading it today, and I stopped reading it today. I stopped when I got to the line “He’s pretty sure they’re the type who go years without reading, while Morgan

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Ebook Formatting at Appealize.com

I’ve been saying for some time that a whole new breed of publishers is coming.

A breed of business based on a whole new model, which is actually an old business model, in which the writer (or perhaps a rich patron) purchases various publishing services from the publishers. You know, like the old days, when you

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Some Excellent Points About the “Stigma” of Self-Publishing…

…but I didn’t make them.

These are from a blog post called “My Lousy Stigma” by Pete Morin. Go there and read the whole thing.

A few more examples are warranted.

There is a stigma surrounding the game of golf, you know. So many players can’t break 100 and swing like broken windmills. Ruin it for

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Correction vs Incorrection

Trust your instinct as least as much as you trust your editor.

I’m not going to link to the blog post where I found this, because it’s not my goal here to embarrass or shame anyone, or to set myself up as a better source than another blog. I only want to point out that a

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…and another bit of the same stuff.

Still doing the “research”:

This is from a blog post at Language Log, where Mark Liberman quotes the abstract for a course that his colleague, Geoff Pullum, was (in 2004, unfortunately) about to teach:

Try to imagine biological education being in a state where students are taught that whales are fish because that is judged easier for

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Working on a long blog post…

…although I may never post it.

But here’s a seemly bit of stuff I found while researching it (and for “researching” read “blithely clicking links.” As Johnny 5 never said, “Links! Links! Megabytes and megabytes of links!”):

Let me be clear — I’m not asking anybody to document that there is actually an overall "growing imprecision of

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Here’s a post that’s going to generate some spam…

I have to move my website to a new host.

And that’s a process I hate. Hate, I tell you. Hate with the burning passion of a thousand fiery suns.

I know where I want to go with it, but unfortunately, I can’t afford the cost. My site is hosted now by Yahoo Small Business, and they

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But What If?

From Joseph Robert Lewis’s blog post, “What if God isn’t a big fan of his creations?”

And God says, “Now, which one was Earth? That wasn’t the all-marmalade one, was it? No, right, Earth was in the universe that had gravity, right. I really liked gravity, fun stuff. Funny story. Jeff in accounting

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