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You Know, That Thing About Google

Status: 15 days until we close the agency for the holidays. Oi!

What’s Playing on the XM or iPod right now? THE CHIPMUNK SONG (CHRISTMAS DON’T BE LATE) by Alvin and the Chipmunks

So right now I’m sitting here at home trying to think up a blog topic. My husband says, “why don’t you write about that new thing with Google.”

There are a million things daily about Google. Which one is he talking about? He says, “you know, the one about copyright.”

Well, that’s narrowing it down a bunch. Not.

My reply, “that would take some research and more brain power than I have at the moment.”

So gratuitous Chutney shot instead. This is what I should be doing right now.

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19 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    Your husband is referring to Google’s decision to, among other things, exclude piracy-related keywords from its autocomplete feature and expedite takedowns of infringing material. See here.

  2. Jen Zeman said:

    lol! So adorable… and yes, give yourself a break and take a glorious nap! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to adopt a more European attitude about life – relax, sit down, and enjoy life! The beauty of doing nothing (except finishing revisions on this manuscript!)! Happy holidays Kristin!

  3. John said:

    I’m a big believer that creative people must have pets. Who else can you talk to when writing, brainstorming, etc.? When I’m drafting a brief at home, I can talk to my dog, and she’s intensely interested. Or, alternatively, I could talk to my wife who says, “That’s nice dear,” and then falls asleep on the couch… Whioh would you choose?

  4. Marion Gropen said:

    Love Chutney. Warm, furry, and four feet — what more do you need in a “cuddle object”?

    As for Google, he may also have meant Google Editions, which is getting a lot of mass media play lately.

    Or even the Google Settlement (which seems to be stalled). I’m torn over it: it could do good things, but I see a whole big bunch of unintended consequences coming out of it. I can easily see it wiping out most of the small press publishers, for example.

    But really, you were right — stick with Chutney.

  5. Anonymous said:

    I’m a big fan of this blog and have been a long time reader. Your posts are always so informative that I view it as a comprehensive course in the publishing industry. But lately, there’s been more of these “I’m too tired to post” posts that don’t say anything or just include links to a funny YouTube clip. I’d say that if you’re too tired to put up something useful, it’s better to not post. It’s like receiving a query letter that says “I wrote a great book that you should represent, but let me tell you about my kitten that plays piano.” You’d pitch it right away because you’re reading it to conduct business.

  6. Anonymous said:

    That’s a little harsh Anon 10:19. Some of us appreciate the personality and non-business stuff (and gratuitous Chutney shots) too.

  7. Anonymous said:

    I assume that the sleeping dog is a symbol of the type of representation you provide to your clients.

  8. J. T. Shea said:

    Dog distraction! Brilliant! You should bring Chutney to meetings with publishers.

    Publisher:- ‘You want a $10,000,000 advance for an unknown writer!?

    Kristin:- ‘Look at Chutney. Isn’t he adorable?’

    Publisher:- ‘Yes, but he’s eating my copy of the contract.’

    Kristin:- ‘Oh, yes! Isn’t that adorable? But don’t eat the Most Favored Nation Clause, Chutney.’

    Chutney:- ‘Woof! woof!’

    Publisher:- ‘Ok, he’s…I mean you’ve convinced me. $10,000,000? No problem. But could you get my leg out of his jaws?’

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