12.15.2006

Nitwits 46 Miss Snark 0

Well, 46 people so far have sent things to the crapometer.

Is there some sort of misunderstanding here.
The Crapometer opens at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.

I'm beginning to think, in the immortal words of Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias, that ya'll don't know whether to wind yer butt or scratch your watch.

Sheesh.

37 comments:

cm allison said...

I made reservations with the in-laws and hubby post work just to make sure I did NOT go home and gravitate to the computer! I have locked away the keyboard of my home computer and my husband is under orders NOT to let me have it until tomorrow evening.

Maybe that will work.....

Anonymous said...

I thought that the crapometer did not open until Friday 12/15 at 8 pm EST and that the rule was:

"Don't send early.
Don't send late."

Am I wrong? Does this mean that along with not being able to write, I can't read?

Sincerely,

One reaching new heights of niwitery

Rashenbo said...

LOL! :) I can only imagine how many snarklings will be sitting anxiously at their keyboard. Each minute that passes their fingers will twitch. And they will wonder... now, what's the time difference between Pacific and Eastern?

Elektra said...

Alas, I am a nitwit.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I was just sitting here practicing my diatribe for the weekend. "Lady, I don't know who the hell you think you are, but you wouldn't know talent if it squeezed your ass! What the fuck do you mean my plot is boring? Dialogue? Dialogue? I'll show you dialogue bitch!" (By the way, the bitch was just for KY. Um, is KY a boy or girl?)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking some people were doing a "dry run" of sending, to make sure they had the email address right, that their email server was working, etc. Unfortunately, they suffered from premature emailation in their excitement.

I'm basing this on the insane questions (are you sure there's no such thing as a dumb one) lately. People are way more excited about this than makes sense, since it's not going to result in a contract or even a contact.

But then, I'm entering, too, because agents' policies have changed so much that now I don't get feedback after a full read; when I started, it was a guarantee I'd get a personal letter at the very least.

Anonymous said...

In defense of the Nitwits, it IS Friday already on the other side of the world, and I know Miss Snark has quite a few foreign readers. Perhaps this will help sort people out:

http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_US-NY.aspx

Kate said...

I nearly did this.

Restrained myself when I happened to glance at the clock on the taskbar.

Fortunately, I'm eastern time as well, so no worries about time differences

nitwitness said...

Maybe they just wanted to beat the Snarkmas rush.

xiqay said...

It's so hard being on this side of the international dateline. Really, please forgive the nitwits.

For example, where I live is 14 hours and a day different than EST. So if I've got this straight, my "window" of opportunity opens at 11AM Saturday my time.

Whew! Getting excited. It's noon Friday my time. Less than 24 hours to go! Does that sound right?

Anonymous said...

"People are way more excited about this than makes sense"

I disagree. This is a perfect, anonymous way to have someone eye your material, someone that's in the business and can spot flaws that you may not have seen. I think my stuff is wonderful, but them I've been soaking in it for so long that I need someone other than my wife to slap my hand and tell me something doesn't make sense. My wife won't let me wash my socks with her underwear and it makes perfect sense to her, baffles the shit out of me. Sometimes we need someone that unattached to see what's spliing out of our minds. Screwing the chance up because I was careless would suck. So I check and double-cheack mi hooook.

Kim said...

premature emailation...

hee hee... I like that!

blissbat said...

"Premature emailation" is very, very funny.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there's a correlation here between their early e-mails and the beginnings to their novels. I'm thinking they describe three days of activity in the plaza before the protagonist and antagonist show up for the openning scene shootout.

Anonymous said...

You better watch out,
you better not post,
gotta be good but not verbose,
SNARKY KLAUS is comin' to town......

Anonymous said...

It's an easy mistake to make if you don't live in the same timezone.

I live in GMT + 9:00. I had initially calculated that I had to send 14 hours EARLIER than Miss Snark's stated times. Fortunately, I realised yesterday I actually have to send 14 hours later, otherwise I'd have been one of the Nitwits.

Round John Virgin said...

There's a logical explanation. Just as I was about to click the SAVE icon, a fly lit on the SEND button and, silly me, I tried to zap the little bastard with the mouse pointer.

Oopa-daisy!

HawkOwl said...

If you really find time zones that difficult, it doesn't hurt to Google for help. Like this thing.

Kate Thornton said...

"You better watch out,
you better not post,
gotta be good but not verbose,
SNARKY KLAUS is comin' to town......"

OMG, Anon, you had me spitting my brekkies all over the keyboard!!!!

Poohba said...

I'm so glad I live in Miss Snark's time zone.

This way I can spend all my time clock-watching rather than making mad calculations on the fly. As my fifth grade math teacher can attest, I was never very good at those.

Chumplet said...

My brain constantly chanted, 'Friday, Friday, Friday...' Shortly after midnight I almost sent it because it was Friday. I prudently double checked the Crapometer FAQ and was reminded that the sending time is Friday 8pm to Saturday 8am. Good thing I looked.

Anonymous said...

Eeek! I almost made the same nitwity mistake. For some reason, I read the start time as 8am instead of 8pm. *hangs head in shame* Good thing I double-checked before I emailed...

Nubbin said...

I think I was the first nitwit. Husband explained later how it happened: my email preference settings automatically send and receive every several minutes, over-riding the "wait" status of anything "waiting" in my outbox(my "to send later" file). I prepared and stored my 250 words in my outbox. I took a gulp of gin,and it passed through my nose and onto my keyboard when I saw the hook moved from the outbox file to the sent file. Alcohol burns when it passes through your nose.

jeff resnick said...

I'm a total nitwit - thought it was 8AM!

Sten Düring said...

I think a few of us nitwits fall in here because NOTHING gets accepted.
I, for example, tried mailing something that had nothing to do with the crapometer at all.

I guess I'll simply wait until this is over, well apart from submitting my hook within the given timeframe :)

Sten

Rashenbo said...

Hehehe, I have been checking in periodically to see how the count rises!!! :)

Anonymous said...

IT'S A BLOODY SIGN!

Are you sure that all of those hooks haven't come from douglas.addams@cloud9.com?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Miss Snark will disallow the Nitwit entries. I think I hear the sound of tiny hearts crushing under her stilleto heel.

Miss Snark said...

Miss Snark has been mollified by her afternoon at the local gin emporium swilling hot toddies with her colleagues.

Deleted, not disqualified.

Anonymous said...

how many times can we submit an idea?

Anonymous said...

Did I read that correctly? We're supposed to submit 46 times?


LOL

M. G. Tarquini said...

For all who are staring at the clock. Five minutes from now would be about right.

Conduit said...

I heard engineers at Gmail are working overtime this evening. A sudden peak in traffic is expected just ... about .... now ...

McKoala said...

That's a scary number. And all before it officially even begins. Wonder how many you will get.

KingM said...

Golly, this is funny. The run-up to this has only been, oh, forever. You'd think the eager snarklings would have read, re-read, and memorized the rules. 46 early entries!?!

(And thank goodness I decided to pass on the Crapometer or I might have made the same mistake.)

Word verification: wwmsdwgc

"What would Miss Snark do with George Clooney?"

Anonymous said...

My deepest apologies for my nitwittery. My dyslexia caused the pm to appear to be am. The clue gun dust has effectively healed said dyslexia.

Midwestern Writer Wannabe said...

And of course, I have to go to a family event away from any e-mail capability the entire time the crapometer was open...

Such is life...