Daily Archives: September 12, 2008

Writing: Cone Zero Reviews

Following are three reviews of Nemonymous 8: Cone Zero. I still cannot reveal which story is mine until March 2009. It’s fun to play the guessing game and see if you can match up the authors. I’m as unfamiliar with most of them as they are with me. Many are Brits because this is a British anthology. I’ve done some snooping to try and match up the stories and writers but it’s hard, not knowing their style.

I did read the full anthology and overall liked most of the stories. The caliber is quite high. There are a few that could have stood a bit more editing and I dislike red herrings that don’t go anywhere but the majority read very well. They’re engaging and encompass quite a range of worlds.

Before the review though, here is a little You Tube piece I found titled “Cone Zero.” I think it must be by someone involved with the book (writer, editor) because it certainly captures the feel of some of the stories.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtUetTd8iU

This review does not list every story but mentions some of the thematic aspects of the book: http://www.magicalrealism.co.uk/view.php?story=89

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2008/07/magazineanthology-review-nemonymous.html

The Fix’s review give a synopsis of each story and sometimes a critical comment. It’s very thorough. http://thefix-online.com/reviews/cone-zero-nemonymous-8/

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Politics: Is This What We Can Expect?

This was recently reposted from Craigslist to one of the writing sites I’m on:

Reply to: gigs-834027754@craigslist.org
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Date: 2008-09-09, 12:47PM CDT

College News site is looking for a Republican political blogger for its site. You need to have some experience in the Republican movement (College Groups, Org. acceptable).

You will be required to post a daily basis until the election. Compensation is $35 a week.

Please reply with your credentials and a possible mini-post.

* Location: Anywhere
* it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
* Compensation: $35

PostingID: 834027754

Excuse me? Credentials? For the whopping sum of $35 for a week’s daily posts! Say it’s just five days. That’s $7 per post. Wow. Can I just call that slave labor instead? But then, maybe this is the sign of the times. If the Republicans do win they’ll just be popping babies sitting at home barefoot, in the kitchen, fixin’ their man some vittles and posting a nice little bog piece every day.

Maybe Senator Palin could fit this into her schedule since she thinks VP won’t be a very hard job.

But I have to say I guffawed when I saw this Craigslist post as one of the most ludicrous writer jobs ever. It’s not worth the effort to write for someone for that cost. Might buy you a big Mac and fries but that’s about it.

Maybe this College News site (sic) thought Republican writers wouldn’t notice the lack of real money, and do it for love of country and dumbasses. Credentials, puhleeze. I’m sure the quality will be stellar for $7 a pop. A great part of the unofficial campaign and really makes me want to vote Republican.

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