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October 30, 2007

An Index to the Light
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 09:45 AM * 25 comments

Kelly McCullough has done a clever thing: An index to a deal of Making Light.

  • Making Light General Index
    Administrative/In the Beginning
    Backups Through History
    Civil Rights and Liberties
    DIY A Myriad of Odd and Sometimes Useful How-Tos
    Ghosts of the Great War
    Grammar Geeking
    Internet Discourse
    Iraq War
    John M. Ford Misc
    Linky Posts
    Lord of the Rings
    Mary Sue
    Medicine/Emergency Response
    Security Theater
    Tragedies, Great and Small
    Uncategorized (Thus Far)
  • A Writer’s Index to Making Light
    F&SF As A Genre
    Grammar, Punctuation and the Copyeditor
    Literary Scams
    Publishing Industry
    Submission, Rejection and the Slushpile
    Vanity Press
    Whining About Publishing
    Writing Craft
  • Making Light Indices Jul-Sep 2004 Update
  • Making Light Indices–Oct-Dec 2004 Update


Comments on An Index to the Light:
#1 ::: John Houghton ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 10:26 AM:

Way cool. Our thanks and praises!

I'm sure one of our poets will be along with a verse or two shortly....

#2 ::: Beth Friedman ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 10:43 AM:

Thanks for doing this; I'm sure I'll use it.

ObCopyeditor: "Hoarding," not "Hording"

#3 ::: Evan Goer ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 10:48 AM:

No no Beth, you're forgetting about Making Light's extensive series of posts about World of Warcraft...

#4 ::: CommunityRadioVet ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:05 AM:

The writers index is invaluable! Awesome...

#5 ::: Kelly McCullough ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:16 AM:

Thanks, Jim.

@2-Thanks, Beth! and...doh. Off to fix it now.

BTW, to all, I'm hoping to keep the updates coming at a 3+months a week till I get up to date.

#6 ::: Mygaera ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:17 AM:

This is (in WoWspeak, tagging on the theme of Beth@2 above) made of God and win!

#7 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:34 AM:


So much has been said, both the wrong and right,
in this warm place within the internet;
things worth much praise, and things that we regret,
and many a muse has here taken to flight.
All of us read, and, my god, do we write
not for acclaim, nor even on a bet;
for thought and pleasure, and we do not fret
since, night and day, we are all making light.
Now Kelly's given us a chance to see
all that we've written in his neat index
laid out like sheets upon the riverbanks,
all that we've said about words, thoughts or sex,
and for this effort we all owe him thanks.

#8 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:34 AM:

Off to fix it? I'll fix it in the post, too....

#9 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:51 AM:

May I suggest an index for bread-making? And one for zombies?

#10 ::: Matt ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:53 AM:

That's a good point, Serge.
In the event of a zombie apocolypse, we will have precious little time to search the entire ML archives for the posts we will need to save our lives (and braiiiiiiins)

#11 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 11:56 AM:

Matt @ 10... One must be prepared for all eventualities, even zombie dragons. That being said, my congratulations to Kelly.

#12 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:03 PM:

If you didn't already believe that internet faux pas are impossible to live down, you will!

(Thank you, Kelly! This is awesome. Also addictive.)

#13 ::: Kelly McCullough ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:08 PM:

Frangano @7 that's a lovely bit of praise and poesy. Thank you!

One minor note, and not one that I'd expect anyone to know about without having done at least a bit of digging--it should be "his" and "him." The gender mistake isn't one that bothers me in the slightest but I've found that if I leave it uncorrected, people who meet me in person tend to be shocked by the result since I'm bald and built like a gorilla.

Beth @2, I forgot to say: I love obsessive copyeditors. They have saved my bacon on a number of occasions and I praise them with great praise. Again, thank you.

#14 ::: John L ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:13 PM:

Phoo. It's a shame I didn't find ML back when you were discussing superheroes and relationships; there was a Marvel annual a few years ago where Janet VanDyne (Wasp) and her
ex-husband (Yellojacket) were reliving their old, wild days. She was full sized, he wasn't, and she was Having Much Fun.

#15 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:30 PM:

Praise to Kelly! I'll find this very useful the next time I'm trying to apply clue to someone re: Money Flows Towards The Author, and sundry other good advice handed out here over the years.

#16 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:32 PM:

Check date/title om the second Ghosts of the Great War entry.

#17 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:33 PM:

No dinosaur sodomy entry?

#18 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:49 PM:

Kelly McCullough #13: You're welcome. Unfortunately, I can't edit the text. I apologise.

#19 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:52 PM:

Zombie dragons make mighty good eating in an emergency situation. Breaded, deep fried, and served with habenero oil.

#20 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 12:53 PM:

#18: You can't, but I can. Shall I?

#21 ::: JulieB ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 01:17 PM:

*Clicks on Bookmarks in browser menu*


#22 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 01:26 PM:

Jim Macdonald #20: If you'd be so kind. Thanks.

#23 ::: Kelly McCullough ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 01:49 PM:

Frangano Ledgister @18, there's really no need to apologize. I consider having a gender-neutral name to be mostly an asset. Since it is most often given to women in the US at this time, the mistake is quite common, and it's one that hasn't bothered me since I grew out of my adolescent insecurity phase 20 years ago.

Jim McDonald @20, thanks from me as well–per Frangano Ledgister @22.

Dave Bell @16 got it. Thanks

All, I'll keep an eye on this thread and fix things in the indices as I see the notes here but probably won't acknowledge each one individually (or at least not until the flow comes mostly to a halt) in service of not adding to thread clutter. Thanks in advance. I'm glad people are finding the indices useful.

#24 ::: Bruce Adelsohn ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 03:30 PM:

These are wonderful; thanks!

If I may, I'd recommend their being placed into the sidebar, adjacent to the archives links, so that when this post scrolls out of view, the indices can continue to keep us informed and fascinated.

#25 ::: ema nymtonsti ::: (view all by) ::: October 30, 2007, 05:13 PM:

My goodness, what a wonderful thing. Thankyou!

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