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Stop Being Awesome. Stop it NOW.

Seriously, guys. I go away for the weekend to the Land That WiFi Forgot, and I come back to an impossible number of tempting blog posts in my WordPress reader. Even being selective has left me with over a dozen open tabs waiting to be read.


Knock it off with the insight and the encouragement and the sharing of links that I then have to click on and read because they are ALSO useful or delightful. Stop making me happy to see your names on those posts and your smiling faces beside your re-blogs.

Stop being such an amazing community of writers, because it’s super distracting. I don’t have time for this many superstars in my life.


Ugh, fine, don’t look at me like that. You just keep doing what you do, I’ll deal with it somehow. Just don’t expect big word count numbers from me until I get caught up. 🙂

(I wish I could say I used the weekend for that,  but I find it hard to get writing done at the in-laws’ house. I did get more editing done on Bound, though, and I’m thinking I need a couple more beta readers for mid-to-late summer. I’ll put up a post requesting those when the time comes, but if anyone wants to volunteer to subject yourself to that, I’m just looking for people who are willing to point out story/character issues, slow spots, unanswered questions that absolutely can’t wait for the sequel, WTF moments… the big stuff, no need for nitty-gritty grammar issues just yet. Raise your hand, shoot me a message at kate.sparkes (at) live (dot) ca, send up a smoke signal somewhere visible from my house, whatever. And bring the awesome!)


Search Terms and SPAM!

Do you ever look at your blog stats? I don’t do it very often. I love comments, I really like likes, but it doesn’t matter much to me how many other people are clicking on over here. I’m not selling anything (not yet, anyway). Sometimes it’s fun, though. I’m looking through the search terms people have entered and somehow ended up here in DtP land, and it’s interesting. Most fall into a few clusters:

  • “Depression Writing,” “Bad writing because of depression” (hey!), “writing to help treat depression.” Well, yes, I have written about that a few times. Hope I can help.
  • “Scrivener vs,” “disadvantages of scrivener,” and “yarny vs” could all have only led to one post. Again, hope I helped.

And then there are my personal favourites:

  • “Velveteen rabbit syndrome” (I know why it got them to me, it’s just funny)
  • “Happy birthday to the amazing mom” (Aww, thanks!)
  • “allan hawco” (yeah, baby!)
  • “pooka pie”
  • “parental guidance”
  • “what are floor bags in southeast asia” (This is my favourite, hands down)

One more, here. The only one for which I have no bloody clue how it brought someone to my blog:

  • “template for a multivolume manuscript for a family history in mac”

I… I don’t use a mac. Or talk about templates. Or family history. Or multivolume ANYTHING. I mean, thanks for stopping by, but I really doubt I helped out on that one.

And 12 unknown search terms. Hmm…

OK, so I know some of you have way more entertaining search terms that have led people to your blog’s doorstep. Spill ’em!

PS- while we’re here, a few spam selections, just for more random fun:

“Yes! Finally someone writes about gargoyles sunglasses.” (Um… no problem, cheap Ray-Bans guy?)

“We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
Your web site offered us with valuable information to work on.
You have done a formidable job and our entire community
will be thankful to you.” (HOLY CRAP! They’re stalking me with their SCHEME!)

I wouldn’t look forward to getting mugged for that headphones immediately after I get them and i am seen sporting them.  (Who would?)

Hi there, just turned into aware of your blog via Google, and found that it is really informative. I am going to be careful for brussels.  (I think we all should be, really) 

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