ISP nukes watchdog site at scammer’s request.

As so many other sites are reporting, Barbara Bauer called up the ISP hosting the Absolute Write web site and complained because AW lists her as number 3 on the list of the 20 Worst Agents, in terms of taking people's money and not selling their work (or "selling" only to vanity publishers that also take people's money). Not too surprising, I suppose, but what is surprising and even shocking is that the ISP chose to respond by pulling the plug on AW with only one hour's notice!

Complete details are here if you're interested. Hopefully, the online writing community will make their voices heard, as outlined here, and new writers will be spared the experience of tossing their work and their cash into Barbara Bauer's lap.

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Published in: on May 27, 2006 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Winner!

Woohoo!  I got the Most Productive Critter award this week. I've got a story almost ready to submit to the critique group, so maybe I can polish it up and get it submitted today. If I do, I should be able to get it moved to the front of the line, and it should go out with next Wednesday's manuscripts.

 The story is called "Mokochan" and is my first attempt at writing horror, so we'll see how it goes…

Published in: on May 4, 2006 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

I can’t believe I crittered the whole thing…

Whew!  I finally finished all my critiques.  I turned in a critique for just about every short story that was posted this week.  Not all of them met the "300 added words" minimum standards, but hopefully enough of them did that I'll be eligible for a MPC (most productive critter) award, or at least an "instant winner" for having 10 or more eligible critiques.

 My mind is whirling right now though from doing so many crits in such a short time.  There were some really well-done tales in this batch, and also some that needed some work.  But lots of really interesting ideas and images.  It was well worth the effort, whether or not I get an MPC.

I used my CritFlogger app to download the stories, read them, and write my crits.  It's working pretty well now, but I still have a few improvements I'd like to make before I consider it done.  It's at least usable at this point, though.

 Now to finish my story and upload it–see what life is like on the other side of the crit. 🙂

Published in: on May 1, 2006 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yeah, I’m a critter

I joined the critiques group at http://www.critters.org/ a while back. The idea is that you submit your stories to the queue, and other "critters" will volunteer to send you a written critique of your story. To be eligible to submit a critique, though, you have to be in "good standing," meaning the ratio of "critiques I've submitted" to "weeks I've been a member" has to be 75% or higher.

As a special incentive, each week the "critter" with the most critiques gets an award which entitles him/her to bump their story submission to the head of the line. It so happens I now have a story ready to submit, so I've been a crittin' fool today. I got about 10 critiques done, of which 7 or so are long enough to qualify for the competition. Past winners have had about 14 critiques or so, which means I'm about halfway there. I've got till next Tuesday, or thereabouts, so I'm optimistic. As a runner-up prize, people with 10 qualifying crits (or more) also get a "most productive critter" award, so I think I've got a good chance of seeing my crits soon.

First I need to revise that story and submit it, though.

Published in: on April 27, 2006 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

It’s in…

My letter to the editor, that is.  The local paper published it today.  Pretty much the way I wrote it, except for some punctuation changes.  Oh well, I guess that's the way it goes in the newspaper biz.  One of the changes I wasn't too happy about, but I guess I can live with it.

Published in: on April 26, 2006 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

LTE time

I’m going to be published in the local newspaper sometime soon. Just a letter to the editor, but I’ve had good luck getting my letters published.

We’ve got a problem here in PA with this stupid “Marriage Protection” amendment, which does absolutely nothing about divorce, debt, adultery, abuse, or any other significant cause of divorce. Why can’t they be honest and call it “The Marriage Denial Amendment”? The whole point is to say that, in Pennsylvania, you can’t marry the person you love unless the government approves of your choice. Great law for the home of the Liberty Bell, eh?

Published in: on April 24, 2006 at 5:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

WIP–New article for RBLibrary

Time to make some money again, and put the programming on the back burner. I was doing pretty well with my program, until I decided to follow User Interface guidelines and save my preferences in the Windows registry. That meant (a) writing a preferences class that could save to a prefs file on the Mac and to the registry on Windows, and (b) learning how to use the registry.  That's enough to stall me, and since we're getting to the last half of the month, I need to generate some income. So back on the back burner it goes.

 My new article is going to be about programming (again), specifically about programming hierarchical listboxes. This means I first have to write a working program that demonstrates the concepts I'll be writing about .

I've got it about half finished, so it's going well. Should be able to get a few bucks by the end of the month.  🙂

Published in: on April 18, 2006 at 11:29 am  Leave a Comment  

New article for RBLibrary: Optimizing with Shark

I submitted my latest article to the RBLibrary.com folks, and they loved it. 6K words at $.03 per word worked out to $180, which I received via PayPal this weekend, so that's good. Not the highest paying site in the world, but two hundred bucks give-or-take isn't bad.

I've proposed another article to send them, and they've given me the green light, so this should be another bit of income. Right now, though, I'm focusing mainly on my freelance programming, so I'll be splitting off some of my programming time to work on the article. Some people might find that confusing, but I enjoy having multiple projects going at the same time. It gives me a chance to vary my workday somewhat.

Published in: on April 3, 2006 at 9:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Logging in…

Welcome to my new blog. My name is Mark Nutter, and I’m a freelance programmer and erstwhile writer. I’m trying to get started in the freelance writing business, and have made a few sales to RBLibrary.com, but I’d like to branch out into more commercial (read: profitable) branches of freelancing. I’ve been reading through The Well-Fed Writer and Back For Seconds, hoping to get some insights into the world of commercial writing.

I’m also working on a fiction novel for middle-grade/young adult readers. So far I have 21 chapters written–all of which desperately need re-writing! But that will come later.

This blog won’t be taking up too much of my time, but I’ll check in every so often. See y’uns around…

Published in: on April 1, 2006 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment