Comic: After the Con

I know not everyone is going to get this one … but my guess is that most folks on the con circuit will understand both the joke and the situation.

Note #1: Yes, I am still employed.

Note #2: For those of you who don’t get it but want to, please click here for a summary of this particular internet meme.

Comic: Deadlines

I wasn’t 100% sure about this one, but my wife thought it was amusing. (Of course, she’s married to me, so she’s pretty much lived it…)

Full text on the blackboard, for anyone who’s curious:

Ideal velocity (v) = 1000 words/hour
t = time to write first sentence each day (in minutes)
Actual t ≈ 5 x (1 + n/10 + Cz/4) where n = number of days off of writing and Cz = number of new LOLCat pics.
w = wordcount; w(written)/w(total) = percentage of book written
Deadline 1/1/2012 = 365 days; d=days left
100,000 words x 3 rewrites = 300,000 words = 821.9 words/day!!!
c = coffee consumed (inv. correlation betw/c & d)
Ideal daily wordcount (Wi). [# words written – # of words deleted the next day] Wi ≈ 2000 + 1000 x [1/(c+1)].

I’m not sayin’ how much of these equations I’ve actually worked out and how much I made up for the sake of the comic…

Eisler vs. Hocking

I haven’t done a comic in a while, so figured I’d share my two cents on Amanda Hocking’s commercial publishing deal and Barry Eisler’s decision to self-publish.

Apostrophe Ninja

Normally, I’d run a First Book Friday post here.  Alas, I didn’t have one ready.  I’ve got several invitations out, but since I’m not paying for these posts, I don’t feel right setting deadlines or pressuring people who are already taking the time to write something for us.

So then I was going to do a First Book Friday roundup with links back to all the posts.  (The clip show of blogging.)

But then I had another idea.  Since the Writing Reality Check comic was the most popular post I’ve done in months, why not do another comic?  And I knew just the message I wanted to get across.

(Yeah, I don’t think Randall Munroe has anything to fear from me.)

Distilling the Blogosphere into its Purest Form

Yes, I’m totally laughing at myself here.  But I take comfort from the fact that I’m laughing at all the rest of us, too.

(Official copyright notice: feel free to do whatever the heck you want with this one.  Credit would be nice if you decide to repost, but I’m not about to go all DMCA on your ass over a cartoon that took me a half hour to throw together.)

Jim C. Hines