How to Write a Blog vs How to Write a Book

After writing a blog for half a decade now, you’d think that the transition from blog to book would be effortless; and if not that, at least somewhat intuitive. You’d be wrong. It’s kind of like saying, hey, I walk my dog every day, I’m totally up for a triathlon.

Some of you have asked how it’s going or what it’s like. It’s not easy, but really, what good things in life are? I’m enjoying the process immensely. I’m Ralph Macchio currently getting edited by my very own Pat Morita. We are on our way! The first draft of (who knows how many versions of) All Dogs Go to Kevin is complete, and I’ve learned a lot along the way.

How to write a blog:

1. Get a WordPress account.

2. Write something.

3. Edit (optional)

4. Publish.

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5. Repeat for 5 years or so.

How to write a book (Option 1):

1. Adopt a funny looking animal.

2. Join reddit.

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How to write a book (Option 2):

1. Write a blog (optional but strongly recommended)

2. Write some stuff. Show it to an agent.

3. Trash what you wrote in Step 2. Repeat step 2 and 3, eight times.

4. Take a break and wallow in despair at your crummy writing skills.

5. Write some better stuff. Now you have a proposal. Agent shows it to a publisher.

6. Don’t forget to blog about steps 1-5

7. Publisher gives you a contract longer than your actual proposal, plus a deadline for an actual book consisting of a whole lot more words than you’ve ever strung together in your life.

8. Write some stuff. Show it to no one.

9. Write some more stuff. Panic a little. Read, a lot.

10. Attempt to edit, get paralyzed with inability to see beyond current sentence. Decide entire thing is a steaming pile of garbage but now it’s too late to turn back and all you have is a deadline and some roadkill.

11. Hand manuscript to editor with the same apologetic smile you use when you give a dirty diaper to the flight attendant.

12. Wait, breathlessly. Blog a little. Wallow some more in the certitude you are no Maya Angelou, no Stephen King, no Harper Lee.

13. Pick up 50 Shades of Grey and Snooki’s latest book, then feel better about Number 12. Maybe it’s doable after all.

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14. Open up envelope with your first draft manuscript, neatly evaluated by an editor kind enough to use a pencil and not a big red crayon for the comments. You’re the before scene in an 80′s teen flick. All you need is some tough love and a montage to get into shape!

15. ??? That’s as far as I made it as of today. I’ve got one year to fill in the rest and then we can all pretend it was an effortless endeavor.

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Check back in a month for coffee rings, notes written in my own blood and perhaps some tooth marks from a neglected dog.

All that being said, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t deliriously happy. I love every moment of the process.

 

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Nice Dental Bone photos

A few nice dental bone images I found:

Trepanation
dental bone

Image by Travis S.
This is one of many skulls found in Monte Alban. This one, however, was subjected to cranial deformation. This probably led to issues later in life that led to this surgical trepanation. Note all the drill holes, possibly to relieve the pressure on the brain from having a modified skull.

The sign for explaining this particular skull is in Spanish. A rough translation reads:

Intentional cranial deformation was practiced among children, forever being marked. This could be done in two ways: a type of "erect tabular" achieved by pressing the frontal and occipital portions of the skull together with two tabular boards; the other is done with a tight band around the frontal and parietal portions of the skull creating a conical effect.

Monte Alban is the only major center known in Prehispanic Mesoamerica where trepanation was done. There have been cases of trepanation found in more than 20 burials in the Epoch IIIB-IV. The individuals were worked on surgically using drilling techniques, cutting or scraping the bone to perforate the skull, probably with the intent of curing an infection, as the skull shows signs of skull modification by disease and trepanation.

Dental mutilation was practiced with fine aesthetics, in young people around the ages of 20 to 25. This includes several types of incisions and cuts on the edges of the teeth. Some clay figurines show the same patterns of mutilation. There was also the practice of inlaying magnetite or jade into the teeth by drilling holes into the incisors.

Cranial Deformation
dental bone

Image by Travis S.
This is one of many skulls found in Monte Alban. This one, however, was subjected to cranial deformation. This probably led to issues later in life that led to surgical trepanation.

The sign for explaining this particular skull is in Spanish. A rough translation reads:

Intentional cranial deformation was practiced among children, forever being marked. This could be done in two ways: a type of "erect tabular" achieved by pressing the frontal and occipital portions of the skull together with two tabular boards; the other is done with a tight band around the frontal and parietal portions of the skull creating a conical effect.

Monte Alban is the only major center known in Prehispanic Mesoamerica where trepanation was done. There have been cases of trepanation found in more than 20 burials in the Epoch IIIB-IV. The individuals were worked on surgically using drilling techniques, cutting or scraping the bone to perforate the skull, probably with the intent of curing an infection, as the skull shows signs of skull modification by disease and trepanation.

Dental mutilation was practiced with fine aesthetics, in young people around the ages of 20 to 25. This includes several types of incisions and cuts on the edges of the teeth. Some clay figurines show the same patterns of mutilation. There was also the practice of inlaying magnetite or jade into the teeth by drilling holes into the incisors.

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5 Compelling Reasons to Read the Bible Today (Guest Article)

5 Compelling Reasons to Read the Bible Today By Wayne Davies Are you looking for motivation to read your Bible today? There are many good reasons to do so; here are five. Any one of them should provide the inspiration you need to take action and follow through on your desire for some quality Bible-time. Read…



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18 Weeks of Essley

Back in March, I told you guys about a little project I’ve been doing, where I take a picture of Essley once a week, every week for the first year.  Babies change so drastically so quickly, and it’s an easy way to document the subtle transformations that we’d otherwise miss. 

Essley turned 18 weeks old this past weekend.  Below, I’ve added the above photos to an image of the entire first 18 weeks together (I posted the initial 12 in March).  When I look back at the first few weeks – which in the grand scheme of things, was not that long ago – I can’t believe she’s even the same person.  Seeing these pictures triggers so many memories.  Each one makes me think of a special period of this brief timeline – the day when she first began to keep her eyes open for several hours at time, the week she grew out of newborn diapers, the time when she began to hold objects on her own, the moment she first rolled over. 

She’s my kid, so of course this is amazing to me. But even if you’re not a baby person at all, you have to admit it’s kind of cool to see how much tiny humans transform in such a brief period of time, right?!  I also think it will be fun for her to get to see these images together like this when she gets older.  Thanks for letting me share with you guys as well.  I love her so much.

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Hilary Swank Receives Petco Foundation’s Hope Award

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Pet Owners Say Dogs Shouldn't Have Died After Spaying At Animal Clinic

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Are computers, dogs and dead people taking over the voter rolls?

It seems that every snafu today is blamed on computers. A hapless computer who couldn’t defend itself was blamed when 8-year-old Zeus the Rottweiler was given the right to vote in the forthcoming British election on May 22. Zeus’ owner, Russell Hoyle, 45, from Norton, Stockton-on-Tees couldn’t believe it when the voting card addressed to Zeus Hoyle came through the mail. Said Russell, I can remember when the people came round to do the census…
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