Friday, December 14, 2012

How *not* to Use the Internet and *big* News


The internet is the biggest time suck of them all. Just think if the internet were available when Einstein was around. 

He formulated his theories of gravitational forces and the relationships between mass and energy during his Dude! years, late twenties and early thirties. If he’d had the ‘net, he'd been cruising websites and making Youtube videos of dogs eating peanut butter rather than working on the probabilistic interpretation of quantum theory. 

And Heaven only knows where we’d be today if that'd happened.*tongue firmly in cheek*

Time suck aside – or ignored in my case – I love the Urban Dictionary. It is a wealth of timely phrases, crude and rude words, and teenage-speak that sometimes does a flyby.

Examples:
Clicker’s Remorse –
“The internet analog of buyer's remorse, wherein one comes to regret having clicked on a link of interest after they look up at the clock minutes or hours later and realize that they have invested an inordinate amount of time reading an article, playing a game, conversing with someone, looking at photos, etc. which they would not have spent had they resisted the impulse to "check it out"...
Upon looking up at the clock and realizing he'd spent the last 2 hours choosing the cuter kitten after clicking on the link his sister had emailed him Danny developed a strong feeling of clicker's remorse for not having resisted the urge to click on the link.”

Sneeze Freeze –
“The frozen and contorted, usually mildly retarded looking, facial expression one makes for a few seconds before they let out a sneeze or when experiencing a "Sneezus Interruptus".
Check out his Sneeze Freeze. Take cover, it's going to be a BIG one! Dude, you have an extreme squishy face you're sneeze freezing! Bob: You were going to sneeze but it got away, huh?  Dave: How did you know?  Bob: I saw your sneeze freeze.”

Sincerely, the examples would fill a whole city. I could go on forever with these monumental…

Time Suck –
Something that's engrossing and addictive, but that keeps you from doing things that are actually important, like earning a living, or eating meals, or caring for your children.
"Ever since I got on Facebook I haven't been able to stay away. I'm spending hours on it each day -- it's a total time suck, but I can't stop! Grocery shopping and laundry will have to wait."

*must resist temptation*

Drum Roll. Time for my *Big* News.

Messy Magic in the Making
It took me over a year to call myself A Writer. Now I can add the label Published Author to my brand.


I signed with Musa Publishing, a small pub in Ohio, for my urban fantasy, The Magic Withheld.

Confetti anyone?

8 comments:

  1. :O That's such fantastically awesome news, congratulations! Yay! I'm doing a clapping happy dance for you and The Magic Withheld ^_^ I can't wait to see it in print Congratulations again! :-D

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  2. Huntress, that is fantastic news!!! Congratulations.
    Hate the sneeze freeze.

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  3. ****CONFETTI**** CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is awesome!!!! :) :) I can't believe you waited until the end to tell us. How did you hold that back???

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  4. Way to bury the lead. *grin* Congratulations! That's fantastic news. :D

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  5. haha, your space looks surprisingly like mine, with lots of papers and notes! Congrats, Huntress, you deserve this :)

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  6. HOORAY!!!!!!!!!
    and a hip hip too!
    so you have to visit when you see your publisher, right!?
    (i know, all emails...someday!)

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  7. Wow, I love all of these terms (they're so true) and major congrats on being published!! That's incredible and so exciting!

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