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Quotable George Orwell

1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. 2. Never use a long word where a short one will do. 3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. 4. Never use the passive where you can use the active. 5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. 6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous. --George Orwell

Sorry, We're Over

I've got a back-up, but it's old... I think I'm just going to take this incident as an opportunity to start over. At some point I may put the old stuff back or I may put it in an archive or I might just leave it out. For now, I'm not going to worry about it. New stuff coming soon.

Creativity Inspiring Picture Dice

So I picked up a set of Rory's Story Cubes at my local Target. I saw them and immediately thought they'd be a great writing exercise generator. As you can see in the picture above, they're a set of nine standard board game sized dice with an assortment of pictures on them. They come with a dice bag, but I put mine in a cup on my desk. Nine dice is a big handful and the cup makes rolling them really easy. Now, I haven't done it yet, but I imagine rolling the lot of them and then cobbling a story together based on the images that show up on the dice. The images are iconic enough that they can be interpreted pretty broadly and seem to work together to really spark the imagination. If it's as inspiring as I imagine, it'll be well worth the $15 spent.

All Is Not Lost

I found a back up file from the way back machine, May 5th 2011. So using that I was able to save a lot of blog posts. And looking in my files I see that I have some pages from the old site, should be able to salvage them with a bit of reformatting. I'm not going to put a lot of effort into rebuilding the old posts, they're gone (or at least as gone as anything ever is on the internet) and I'm moving forward with the site.

all is not lost

I found a back up file from the way back machine, May 5th 2011. So using that I was able to save a lot of blog posts. And looking in my files I see that I have some pages from the old site, should be able to salvage them with a bit of reformatting. I'm not going to put a lot of effort into rebuilding the old posts, they're gone (or at least as gone as anything ever is on the internet) and I'm moving forward with the site.

arohen has fallen and will take some time to get up

Had a site crash and lost some data. Or maybe the site got hacked. Not sure which. I changed passwords and implemented some security and back-up procedures to keep this from happening again. I'm not sure what I have saved and w hat I don't. But rather than fretting about it I'm just going to take this as an opportunity to rise from the ashes anew. Not sure what exactly will be here and what won't. It depends on my mood and what's in my archive. Stay tuned.

Site Crash

The old site crashed or got hacked. Whatever the case I lost some stuff and then I deleted some other stuff. Not sure what all I've lost and what I've got back-ups for. I think this is a good opportunity for a relaunch of the site. Wish me luck and stay tuned for whatever comes next.

Quotable Ernest Hemingway

Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do? Hemingway: It depends, I re-wrote the ending to "Farewell to Arms," the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied. Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you? Hemingway: Getting the words right. --Ernest Hemingway