Life in the fast lane

Just means you’re old. Or busy.

Can you believe it’s Monday already? Where does the time go?

Not much to report on this fine Monday Morning in TMSOLAND, but here are a few tidbits you might be interested in.


Everyone likes filling out survey forms, right? Right. Right? Come on, it’ll only take ya 10 to 15 minutes. It only took me five, but then again, I have nothing to report!

Michael J. Sullivan, fantasy author extraordinaire and author of the popular series The Riyria Revelations, has created a survey for you. He aims to gather information about the salaries writers and/or authors can be expected to earn in whatever publishing scenario you might have going on. The survey is completely anonymously, and he’ll be providing the raw results to whomever asks. Check it out and spread the word.

Those Pesky Boogers

No, not the ones up your nose. Those things on the page. The warts and zits you never see until your masterpiece makes its debut before the largest audience ever. You know, typos. (How many can you count in this post?)

Well, it seems folks are talking about them more than usual, and it is not just because we live in a better Amercia (typo intended!). Is it because everyone wants to be a writer? Maybe. When reading, does it bother you to see typos? Check out J. W. Manus’ post on the matter and join the conversation.

The Robots Are Coming!

I’m embarrassed to say, I didn’t know. Can you blame me? I’m a Kindleholic. The App, that is. Forgive me. (Note to self: must get Stanza back on my iPhone.)

But, if you’re not tied to your Kindle at the hip,  new and growing publisher, Angry Robot Books, has just announced a merging of the minds. They’ve joined forces with independent publishing houses Anarchy Books and Infinity Plus to offer even more genre-related ebooks on The Robot Trading Co (RTC) website.

And, they want more. If you know of independent genre publishers with ebooks to sell, send them over to the RTC’s FAQ page, where they can find information on how to submit to the RTC.

Until later, slow down.


8 thoughts on “Life in the fast lane

  1. We also spend less time in a deeply focused state, concentrating on solely one thing. Instead, we do 200 things a day, scattering out energy and concentration all over the place. Perhaps it’s no wonder typos sneak in when we don’t give our brains some rest. Information-overload?

  2. I’m a stickler for spelling and grammer, so typos annoy the hell out of me. Especially when I can’t go back and edit. I hate that. >_<

    In the meantime, what are you reading lately? I got myself into the Game of Thrones series, because I need to feed the addiction until next year's season of the show.

    1. Ah, I should re-read that series. GRRM can write. I’m reading a lot of indie and self-pub works and I’ve been reviewing them over on my other blog (The Atheist’s Quill). Are you on GoodReads?

      1. No, I’m not on GoodReads, I’ll have to check it out. Have to check out your reviews, too.

  3. Typos REALLY bother me in published work. If I notice them in my blog I turn red and try to fix them. What really gets me though is usage errors in bound, published books. I was reading something last week where TWICE the author used the word discreet when he meant discrete. I don’t think he was trying to say that the two categories know when to keep mum. Ha. Seeing it once is a copy editing error, twice means the copy editor probably doesn’t know the difference. They’re hard to catch because spellcheck won’t pick them up, but they throw me when I see them.

    My take on typos and errors in fiction is that they punt me from the story if I see enough of them. I know some people can just read on unfazed, but if I see a couple I end up looking for more errors, which distracts me from the story because if there are a couple in close proximity, there are usually more.

    I guess I see it as a mark of professionalism when it comes to work that people are paying for. A good editor is the Holy Grail for us writers. I know I don’t catch everything in my own work — novels are tough because they’re massive. I don’t know. It’s often really difficult to see typos in your own work because your brain automatically fills in the words before you even read them.

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