The Not Happy Thread

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  1. Shenanigator

    Shenanigator Has the Vocabulary of a Well-Educated Sailor. Contributor

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    It's actually something people who have years of them have to consider in their wills. My sis and I have intructions to each other regarding what to do with ours. I love my sister's reaction when I asked what she would want done with them: "Publish them! Publish them ALL!!" She said this with a delightfully maniacal look.
     
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  2. Iain Aschendale

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    Nope, I got it figured out. The recipe says not to use a nonstick pan, but it doesn't say why. I ignored that and somehow got it right the first couple times, but the problem is that nonstick pans don't provide crystallization nuclei for the crystals to start on because they're so smooth and non-sticky. By switching to a regular stainless steel pan, and having a small bowl of sugar that I could toss pinches of into the mix when it got close, I ensured that I had sufficient spots for the crystals to get started and the almond to go suddenly "dry".
     
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  3. Shenanigator

    Shenanigator Has the Vocabulary of a Well-Educated Sailor. Contributor

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    Ah. I was thinking something was creating steam. Glad you figured it out!
     
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  5. Wreybies

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    Dear Sleep,

    What have I done to piss you off so badly? You don't return my calls, texts, nothing. Just tell me what I did so that I don't do it again.

    Me
     
  6. Lewdog

    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    Not sure the Japanese have room to talk... If it is anything over there like most Japanese people I've known and been around, you can often smell a lot of the fish they love to eat.
     
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    @Iain Aschendale

    Garlic gives you an aura early mornings, toothpaste or no toothpaste, round these parts it provokes the:

    'So, you drank a bottle of vodka last night, [buddy]?'

    It is that half-second of fear, you relay back - in your memories,

    'No, no, no...meatballs, garlic, spaghetti, and yes, some red wine was consumed before we made love, of course, but only...blegh blegh...

    ...

    It catches [us] professionals off-guard, you see. Man-chef is a delicate rope to tread, one must be sympathetic x
     
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  8. deadrats

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    How do you know whether an editor is right?
     
  9. NobodySpecial

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    It depends. Does the editor's word mean publication or not, and how desperate are you to be published?
     
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    Cave Troll Loved by a Sweet lady. :) Contributor

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    Isn't there an incentive to put some faith in those you gave large sums of money to?
    On the other hand, it could be quite frustrating to pay someone to argue against you.
    The middle ground is you can always disagree with anyone, even if you did pay them
    to tell you what they think. Chances are you can and will be at odds on what you both
    think in matters of what you think should be left untouched in your works, and what
    can be reasonably cut/changed. IDK, what does your Editor say?
     
  11. NobodySpecial

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    I found a cell phone tonight, in the parking lot of a burger place.
    Trying to do the decent thing and get it back to the owner I called the last number in the call log-- Mommy-- and left a message that I had the phone, I hoped that she recognized the number as a family member's and to call me back so we could make arrangements to get the phone back to its owner.

    So far nothing. It's a Cricket phone; is there a way they can figure out who owns it and send them an email? Maybe have the phone picked up at the store?
     
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  12. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Loved by a Sweet lady. :) Contributor

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    Reminds me of when I found a phone at a gas station. Took a day and a half, but we got the phone back
    to the owner who left it on the fire extinguisher box. So it may take a while, but they should realize you
    just want to get the owner their property back. :)
     
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    Look further back in the call log. Call more people.
     
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    Take it to a busy coffee shop, dial 9-1-1, set it down and leave.
     
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    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    If you take it to a Cricket store generally people have accounts set up with their info to pay their bill automatically because they get a discount to do so.... unless that is, it's a drug dealer's or serial killers phone and they used all fake info in order to use it as a burner phone, and mommy didn't answer because she has been passed for about 10 years sitting in a rocking chair in the attic. :supercheeky:

    But no really I was being serious with the first part.
     
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    With my luck it's a drug dealing serial killer. If I disappear, you know what happened to me.
     
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    Just remember to keep 20$ on hand so if they do show up you can at least go out happy.
     
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    Homer Potvin Spitting .45 caliber grammar.... Contributor

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    3 days down, 3 to go in the apocalyptic Xmas vacation week... today might be the day I publicly execute one of my servers to send a message to the rest of the crew. I got two in mind... first to mouth off dies.
     
  19. deadrats

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    Yes. This will be published. I'm not opposed to having my work heavily edited, and in this case it's really not that much. There is just one thing that I'm not sure how I feel about. I've rarely pushed back at all when it comes to working with editors. I know these people are in high positions at places I feel lucky to publish. Maybe I just need to give the edits time to sink in. Honestly, I know the idea is to make the story better and it probably will.

    I didn't give anyone money. They gave me money.
     
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    Wear a hoodie, hide your face from any nearby cameras and don't forget to wipe your prints off. ;)
     
  21. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Loved by a Sweet lady. :) Contributor

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    Then you are at a crossroads.

    So it is up to you if you think it is more important to have someone cut things
    that you find important to the story line, and can accept that you have given up
    some control just to get published. Remember they are not looking at creativity,
    they are looking at a product and will reshape it to fit the business model.
     
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    And give the barista a phony name when you order ...
     
  23. deadrats

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    Sure is a bit of a crossroads. Or maybe I'm being a little too sensitive. I love all the changes/proposed changes the editor made except for one. This is fiction for a really great literary journal that I have read for years so I do think they are after creativity and want to promote that. But I can see where you are coming from for other writing gigs. I want this story published with this journal. I think I have to remind myself that I am very lucky and worked very hard to be in this position. If the editor sends edits to the writer for approval, is there some wiggle room?
     
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  24. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Loved by a Sweet lady. :) Contributor

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    You could always ask if there is wiggle room.
    That is great that you will be in something that you hold in high regard. :supercool:
     
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    I'm imagining his wispy beard, his spectacles, probably quite nasal in a t-shirt.
    ...
    Do as he says.
     
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