Friday, February 17, 2006

A Dawno and the Grand-Kittens Update

The grandkittens won't come out of the bathroom. I was looking forward to playing with them tonight, too. Oh well. We can hope by the end of the weekend they'll overcome their skittishness and come out to play. We've closed up the bathroom for the night so they can sleep undisturbed by our cat, Yoghurt, who is not at all happy with the visitors. He's been sulking upstairs all evening.

I have a whole lot of stuff I want to do on the blog - update my bookshelf and add more AbsoluteWrite (AW) blogger links - if you're one of the AW bloggers whose link I don't have yet, it's coming, I promise.

Speaking of AW bloggers, I'm gonna post a new AW Monday Meme over on AW on - you guessed it, Monday, and do my answer to it here - it will be a short and sweet one and I promise (Mac) that I'll put more content in the post and not just the meme.

And speaking of AW, I've been made a 'supermod' over on the AW forum. I'll be helping out with duties like moving posts and threads that are in the wrong places, stuff like that. I'm very happy to be able to contribute more to a place that has come to mean so much to me.

I found a bottle of nailpolish remover in my desk this morning so my nails are bare again. I'll give it another try with stronger glasses and in the sunlight (if there is any - we're having a bit of weather here) tomorrow. Thank you, ProsperitySue, for the book recommendation - I'll be looking for it.

Meanwhile I still await news on the article I submitted - you'll be amongst the first to hear the news, one way or the other. Next month the contest I entered will list its winner and the honorable mentions - I don't really expect to be on the list, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the winners wrote so I can compare and keep on polishing my work.

I'm also going to try and do more reviewing. I'll say more about that if I get stuff accepted. It was a lot of fun to do the review of Ray Wong's book The Pacific Between. He even quoted a bit and called me a "literary critic" Took days to wipe that smile off my face.

I will be posting a review of a book in the near future that will be harsh and negative. I've finished reading Prevent Cancer Today and searching each page for the sources from which each page was apparently plagiarized. I say apparently because I wasn't present when the 'author' actually composed his book - all I can do is give evidence that the words in his book can also be found word for word alike on free websites - some from places like the American Cancer Society.

Why pay for his book when you can read the same information for free? He could have actually done some good by compiling an annotated index of cancer sites instead of trying to pass the stuff off as his own work. I would love to know the real story behind it all. I have a number of theories about it fermenting in my vivid imagination. The truth is probably a sad story filled with low self-esteem and not nearly as interesting as what I can concoct. I have to keep reminding myself not to pity the 'author' - what he did is simply completely wrong and should be unconscionable to anyone who wants to be thought of as an author. And, as I'm constantly telling my son, decisions have consequences. The young author of this book will have to face the consequences of his decision to put this work out on the market as his own.

And with that I say goodnight. Well past time for me to be asleep. Have a great weekend, all!

9 comments:

Unique said...

We want kitten pictures, we want kitten pictures......
Where are the grand kittens?

Dawno said...

they did come out today for a while - they're getting more acclimated. I'll try to get some pictures before they go.

Anne C. Watkins said...

Congrats, SuperDawno!

Oooh, kitten pictures...

jen.nifer said...

Good luck with article submission!

Dawno said...

Thanks Anne and Jennifer!

Kitties were all over the place today - they've discovered some great fun can be had in my office - mostly walking on my laptop when I'm trying to use it.

Unique said...

Walking on keyboards - yep. That's a catly thing to do.

Don't believe me? Ask Mac. (snert)

Mac said...

Heh--My cat tells me it's warmer on the keyboard.


Um..it is normal to hear them talking inside your head like that, right?

Laurie said...

[quote]I found a bottle of nailpolish remover in my desk this morning so my nails are bare again. I'll give it another try with stronger glasses and in the sunlight (if there is any - we're having a bit of weather here) tomorrow. Thank you, ProsperitySue, for the book recommendation - I'll be looking for it.[/quote]

Um, Dawno, I have to admit that I'm curious what the nailpolish remover and ProsperitySue's book recommendation have to do with each other. Care to clarify? :D

Dawno said...

LOL! Sorry, Laurie. In my "Lazy Thursday Nite" post I talked about not having any nail polish remover and ProsperitySue recommended a book about natural nail care in the comments. They really were connected! :-)