Man Picks Up Tab
If you, a friend, or a family member has ever received that dreaded phone call about a diagnosis that's going to change your entire life, you'll understand this article to which I'm linking. A guy in Boston was sitting next to two women...mother and daughter...and he overheard them actually get a diagnosis on the phone and saw them break out on tears. And what this guy did after that is amazing.
This account comes from the waiter:
The single guy who had been sitting next to them had been friendly to me all evening, making jokes and such. When he was finished I gave him his check, and inside the billfold was his credit card and the note that I took a picture of. I combined the 2 checks, and he paid for both. I waited until after he had left to tell them their check had been taken care of. The mother was overwhelmed with gratitude, as was I. It was a great evening.
You can read the actual note and see the photo here.
A friend e-mailed me about an award recently called the Epic Award. I know nothing about it, I'm not entered in it or associated with it in any way, I've never heard of it, but I wanted to pass the information on to anyone who might be interested in entering next year's competition. Or, to see if anyone knows anything more about it. When I did a search I couldn't find much information other than posts and articles about winners and finalists, which all seemed more promotional than descriptive. And these days it seems quasi book awards are going along hand in hand with fake paid reviews to promote books and highly aggressive authors. So I don't think you can blame anyone nowadays for being wary and doing a little fact-checking.
In any event, you can check out the web site here. There are guidelines to follow for the award, and you can join Epic and become a member if you are so inclined.
As I said, I know nothing about them and couldn't find much info out there. But I did come across a thread at absolutewrite. Keep in mind that anything on the absolutewrite comment threads is opinion and may or may not be accurate...or viable to your own personal experience as an author.
Here's the link to that comment thread.
Job for Writers at The Next Web
I've always maintained that there are writers and there are authors. I've always considered myself a writer because that's the only thing I ever wanted to do. In other words, I love writing novels, especially gay romance. But if I weren't writing these novels I would be writing something else...anything else. That's because I'm a writer and the only thing I ever wanted to do was write. So when I think about my "writing career" I don't think of it in terms of book sales, conventions, book signings, and grabbing book reviews wherever I can get them. I think of my writing career in terms of being able to write about anything, on any topic, for any publication, at any time. In other words, writing isn't my hobby, it isn't my mid-life crisis, and it's not my dream. It's what I do, and have been doing for a very long time.
And when I saw this I thought I would pass it along to other career writers. I know authors will not care about it. But for those who are career writers, you might be interested.
The Next Web is hiring weekend writers.
Tech news doesn’t stop last thing on a Friday, it continues throughout the weekend. That’s why we want to hire passionate, skilled people to write for us on Saturdays and Sundays.
You’ll be someone who already writes about technology online (even if it’s on your own blog), you’ll have an eye for what makes a strong news story and have excellent written English. In addition to news, you’ll have ideas for feature pieces and guides that our readers will love.
You can read more here. I'm half-tempted to apply myself. These gigs don't come along very often.