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McDonalds and Taco Bell Still Don’t Let Cyclists Go Through the Drive-through During a Pandemic

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In an effort to blog a little more consistently, I’m going to blog about whatever is going on with me once a week, or every few days, or at least more than once a year. These blog posts won’t be the greatest literary pieces or anything, but they’ll be something to hopefully get me writing more again. I’m so busy with work and grad school that I’m afraid I won’t write if I don’t at least blog. I’m not sure what to call this, so it probably won’t have a series title, either. I hear that’s not good for SEO anyways. So this week, I couldn’t ride my bicycle through a drive-through during a pandemic, I found a lost uncle named Ralph, and thought I was in the middle of a national emergency outside of my apartment for about 10 minutes.

You Still Can’t Go Through A Drive-Through On A Bicycle During A Pandemic In A City

The first thing that comes to mind to talk about was the most recent thing that happened. I wanted to do some Uber Eats deliveries on my bicycle so that I could make some coffee money. It had been over a year since I’d delivered an order on my bicycle. I received an order for a Taco Bell delivery. Taco Bell has the lobby closed due to COVID19. That’s completely understandable. However, they still continue to have a policy that doesn’t allow cyclists to go through the drive-through. They weren’t prepared for the idea of a cyclist picking up an Uber Eats order, even though Louisville is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Kentucky.

These tweets represent my thoughts on the subject of drive-through windows and banning bicycles. The policy discriminates against people with disabilities, low-income households, and other communities that low-income disproportionately affects. Taco Bell is not the only fast food chain that does this; McDonalds and other fast food chains also have similar policies. It’s time to stop the madness and let people on bicycles pick up a drive-through order during a pandemic.

I Found A Long-Lost Uncle In A Painting At The Speed Art Museum

Okay, so I don’t really know if I’m related to him or not, but we have the same last name and we both have, well, a face.

Speed Art Museum September 2020

Meet Uncle Ralph of Wicklow, 1726-1786 ish (I think.) I forgot to write down who painted the portrait, which is super awful of me. (Update: actually the painting was painted by Pompeo Batoni.) Anyway, red is my favorite color, too. I will now refer to him as Uncle Ralph. If I ever get rich, I’ll commission someone to do a replica and hang it over the fireplace. I’d have also loved to get Uncle Ralph’s opinion on bicycles going through the drive-through during a pandemic.

An EMT stood outside my door and yelled “National Emergency”

That’s what I heard, “national emergency”. Or at least that’s what I thought I heard. After it was all said and done, I think what he might’ve said was “actual emergency”. These walls are pretty thin but I guess they are still walls. It was a light show for a while. I’m still really not even sure what happened. There was a guy with a stretcher outside my door, and there was a guy in a car on the other side of the street talking out of his car window. The EMT stood next to my door with the stretcher for about 10-15 minutes and then everyone left, without putting anyone on the stretcher.

And that was my week. How is your week going? Are you doing anything exciting? Did you by any chance try to go through a drive-through on a bicycle during a pandemic? Comment below and let me know what you’re up to. I’m stuck in my apartment all weekend working on a paper.

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I Got A New Job and I Started Making Candles

At some point, this blog post got deleted and lost forever. It was the only blog post I wrote in 2019, I think. I can’t find it. It’s the only blog post I couldn’t recover. I wanted to put a version of it back on my blog. I’m doing this because I hate that there’s a 1 year gap between blog posts. I’m writing this from the perspective of the COVID19 pandemic in 2020, but I’ll try to get the gist of what the post was about in 2019.

Anyway, I hadn’t posted in a while because I got a new job and started working a lot. Unfortunately I also got too busy for the literary magazine after the other editors moved on to other projects. I had to put it on hiatus, although I didn’t really make an announcement because I never really saw the point in announcing a literary magazine shutter when it probably wasn’t permanent anyway.

I also started making candles as a hobby, but that was all it ended up being because I was still too busy to run a candle store.

Also, I’m still hopelessly single and blah-blah-blah.

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Let’s Talk About Typos

Here’s the thing about me and typos.

I don’t see typos, at least not in my own work. I know a good editor should, but I don’t see them and I no longer care. At least not here on this blog. Do I care when I submit my stories to lit journals or my books to publishers? Sort of. Not really. It’s complicated.

We’re talking fiction here. I redraft and rewrite my stories so much that any typos or grammar errors or spelling issues are just going to go through one eyeball and never come out the other. The chances of me catching all my typos before I submit to a journal or a publisher are super thin. Should someone catch them before they hit the print button and make a boat-load of copies to sell or be read by the masses? Probably. But that button is so far away from the submit button that it doesn’t really matter. At least, in theory.

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When I write a story for my blog, understand that there’s a good chance that story is only ever going to be for my blog.

Once something is published to my blog, it counts as previously published and no literary mags or publishers are going to be interested, unless they specifically want to reprint it. I’m also writing stuff for literary magazines and collections and other things while I’m working my stories for the blog. If I do try to catch some typos throughout the week, it’ll probably be for those other things and not the stories for my blog. If I even do that, because like I said, I don’t really catch them very fast, if at all. Writers write. Editors edit. There are only so many hours in a day. Yadda-yadda-yadda.

So, you’ll see typos throughout my blog and in my stories.

I catch typos over time, eventually, maybe. I understand that some people have a problem with this and that’s fine, but typos are not what I’m interested in fixing when I’m working on my stories. Character development, structure, setting, and context are what I focus on. Typos, spelling, and grammar are the last thing I worry about. Editors, or pretty much anyone other than the writer, will see typos and fix them immediately. It will be fine.

I’m not suggesting that I don’t do a read-through to hunt for typos before submitting or posting, but If I worry too much about typos I won’t ever get anything done or submitted to literary magazines or posted to my blog. It also goes without saying that I don’t really care about typos when I read submissions for Likely Red Magazine, either. I get it; you were focused on the right things. Very good.

So, you know, just FYI. I’ll just leave this here. I’m sure there are all kinds of typos throughout my blog and in my stories. This blog is a creative space as much as it is a working, acting, living, breathing resume for me. It’s just not worth it to worry too much about the small stuff.

What is your typo-hunting process like?

Leave me a comment and let’s talk about typos. Don’t get me wrong, I’d much prefer the ability to see them quickly, but it usually takes about a month or so of letting the story sit, sometimes longer. Then I can read them back and see some of the typos. Definitely not all, though. I’ve submitted some stories for a year or so and only recently found typos in them. How embarrassing. Well, it would be if I still cared that much about typos.

Here’s a story I posted last week that might or might not have typos: Dialing For A Paycheck.

Also, here’s a kinda-sorta-recent rejection letter. This one is from F(r)iction.

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