Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stupid Books

So I'm reading this book called Crashers, a thriller I got from the library.  It's about people who blow up planes.  In the first 24 pages, the author makes two howler mistakes.  First, he describes a "colossal" "wide-body" jet with four engines as being similar in size to a Boeing 737, a two-engine, narrow-body jet -- the smallest Boeing makes.  Second, he refers to the National Transportation Safety Board as the "National Transportation and Safety Board."  I mean, for heaven's sakes, he's writing a book about planes and most of the protagonists work for the NTSB and he gets that stuff wrong in the first two chapters.

I mean, it's just annoying.  So sloppy.  Pathetic.  Did I mention annoying?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Trip to the Library

A trip to the library these days is rather depressing.  There are two reasons for this.

One is that that library is haunted by old people, wrinkly-skinned near-wraiths with their gigantic Coke-bottle-lensed glasses and their sweaters covering them up against "the cold," and this is what their life has come down to, this is their entertainment now, their version of clubbing -- a shuffle into the library with all the other elderly to see what new books are on the shelves, because they have all this time on their hands now, waiting to die.

It depresses me because that will be me in fewer years than I care to think.  I'm practically a geezer already.

The other reason, of course, is that there are all these new books on the shelves by all these no-talent schmucks...  I read the liner notes (remember: this is basically your query!) and think to myself, Who would want to read this drivel?

But what I'm really thinking, of course, is Why are these worthless hacks published and I'm not?

So, what's lifting your spirits these days?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

QueryBomb Duds

A couple of form rejections have sashayed into the in-box in the last week, but nearly three-quarters of QueryBomb(TM) inquiries remain unresponded-to orphans.  This has bothered me from day one of AgentQuest(TM).  I just don't understand why it's so hard for some agents to set up a form-rejection macro.  Hell, I don't know anything about computers but even I could do that.

I have absolutely no other news of note, except that last week, my 11-year-old but precocious daughter, speaking of her attributes, declaimed, "Yeah, I'm the complete package."  I almost crashed the car I was laughing so hard.