I realised I haven't blogged much this week: I have been reasonably busy with one thing and another that hasn't necessarily included writing. But here are some general wonderments from the last few days.
Thought 1: It is rather unfair that book sales have to suffer because a wunch of bankers couldn't do their sums properly. If I stopped being able to spell, it wouldn't affect their careers, would it?
Thought 2: Why when I have the Firefox English Dictionary installed does the spellchecker still try to correct my British English into American?
Thought 3: Spike celebrated his third birthday on Friday. Okay, all right, I celebrated it for him. At least I stopped short of making him a cake.
Thought 4: A week tomorrow I'm off to Center Parcs for my birthday, and I know I'm getting old because I made a shopping list on Tuesday.
Thought 5: I have been informed this week something that I kind of suspected anyway: that editors and agents will Google authors who have submitted their work. What are they looking for? Evidence of a professional web presence? Past scandals that might be stored in online news archives? Photos of the author looking young, gorgeous and marketable? And if your book is subsequently rejected, does this mean they didn't like it, or you're just too ugly?
Thought 6: I think I was happier before I considered the prospect of being Googled before I even sold the book.
Thought 7: Re: Thought 5. If you're an agent or editor to whom I've recently submitted, forget you read this post.