Just a general announcement:

I’ve been working pretty much non-stop since the New Year (and for quite a while before — but I’d rather not think about that). Regular work weeks, followed by “weekends” where I end up working a few hours here and there as well.

Given the fact that:

a) Burnout is a bad thing,

b) I’m not planning on releasing any further product before the end of the month (Friday),

c) I’m finding that my patience for aggravation (see the Freelancer post, earlier today) is at a serious ebb, which has the potential to lead to…. bad things,

I think I’m probably going to step back and take the rest of the week off. I could use the reboot.

Of course, by “off”, I mean “still working, although on fiction rather than Adamant stuff”, but still.

Betcha This Doesn’t Get Reported Here….

From the Guardian in the UK–

Prozac Does Not Work.

A major scientific review studied Prozac and similar drugs in the same class, examining all available data on the drugs, including results from clinical trials that the manufacturers chose not to publish. The study covered fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Seroxat), venlafaxine (Effexor) and nefazodone (Serzone)….and the trials showed that these drugs did not work any better than placebos.

Given the amount of effort given in this country to selling us perscription medicine — especially antidepressants — I seriously doubt that this study will even get mentioned over here.

EDIT: According to comments, it is being reported here. Color me shocked!

Dear Prospective Freelancer;

When answering a call for freelance writers that specifies the publisher is looking for pitches, it is probably not in your best interests to do any of the following in your contact email:

1) Use emoticons and text-message spellings

2) Ask what a pitch is, and how you send one

3) Go on at length about how you’re concerned that the publisher is “going to just read my pitch and give it to another writer or write up something based on it yourself”, becaused you’ve been “screwed” before.