|Subject: Hi Pin!|
Posted Apr 1, 2011 by Pinniped
This is a reply to this Posting
It's blanket permission - anything here on h2g2 that I've ever posted - but (for the time being anyway) it's only for that first 'prospectus' book of 42 Entries. It's also not a transfer of copyright, only my permission to print stuff that remains in my copyright (as well as the BBC's, of course - spit, curse...). And I would like to be credited (ie named as Pinniped), and I'd like to be notified of what's being used. OK?
You wanted a Mikey suggestion. Toughy. I think it should probably be A523405 (Cool Patron Saints), though I'm sorely tempted to suggest one of her gobsmackers, eg A471386 or A3913472.
That actually brings me to a point that you might like to diplomatically relay to Ben (because I can't pretend diplomacy any more. I seem to have permanetly damaged my credibility in that respect). We really need to fill the 42 with stuff that people will be drawn to read, and that they'll come away from feeling at the very least that their reading time has been well spent. A Wow Factor would be better yet, but a warm glow is the acceptable minimum.
I look at some of the stuff being suggested in the threads and I worry - because not everybody is recognising this necessity. I'm not really talking about the self-promoting second-raters (though there are some of those). I'm more concerned about sensible and credible counsellors who are nonetheless recommending pieces on the basis of the hard work put in by the writer. Writing effort has very little to do with readworthiness, and so it just shouldn't be any sort of a criterion.
So Mikey's bra piece might be a little further than Ben will want to go in terms of populism, but it's surely closer to the compelling-read territory that we need than for example A82116227, recently noted by anhaga.