I'm pretty much convinced you can find people on the internet with interests in anything and everything possible. When I find this stuff, I just have to share it. Will you forgive me?
Take, for example, a blog I found the other day (I think I was sent there from a comment in Making Light, but I'm not sure how I found it now - Edited to add: the board administrator over at Absolute Write posted the link. Sorry CC!!) Dr. Toast’s Amazing World of Toast. Wherein we learn about the number of things the blogger has put through toast, National Bread Month, toast recipes, etc. Yep, it's almost all about toast. I'm sure if I went back in the archives I'd find stuff about the Miraculous Image of the Madonna Toasted Cheese Sandwich. He (she?) even has his own Technorati tag. This is a person after my own heart. (after writing this I went and made some toast - really. It had no divine images at all upon it.)
My friends, together we've explored the world of folk who dress up and film their Roombas, cats in sinks and people who knit things you wouldn't expect to see knitted. I promise to continue looking for links where obsessing about the wonderfully weird, often trivial and mostly obscure are the whole point, here at NVNC ID VIDES, NVNC NE VIDES. Which I hope you all agree, is also wonderfully weird, trivial and out here on the long tail, definitely obscure.
NVNC ID VIDES, NVNC NE VIDES means (loosely) "Now you see it, now you don't." Isn't that the very essence of the internet? It's such a hyper-dynamic medium - stuff moves off the front pages of sites in the blink of an eye. Of course, you can look for yesterday's news and you can research through billions of web pages for information about past events, but really, for the most part the web is about what's going on right this second - and if things on one link haven't changed since the last time, folk move on looking for something new.
I didn't consciously use that phrase as the title of my blog because I'm subtle or clever. I've had this blog for quite some time and just now figured it out! Truth is, I'm a Terry Pratchett fan and it's the motto of the Unseen University of the Wizards of Discworld. If I had been looking to say something about blogging and the blogiverse, I couldn't have done better anyway. Maybe I have a really clever subconscious? *shrug*
Moving on to the category of "stuff writers need to know" there's a post at At Last! Writer Beware Blogs! A.C. Crispin and Victoria Strauss Reveal All! where Victoria Strauss says to Cris Robins " Go Ahead. Make My Day." The 'agent' in question has one sale listed on her site - her own book. She charges a fee of approximately 3k to 'represent' you. Read also the thread about her in the Absolute Write "Bewares" forum.
Well, I'm in a real "nesting" mood - the office needs a good re-organization and I need to update the 'bookshelf' here as well as my real one. Have a wonderful weekend.
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