Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pasta violation

INTRIGUING HEADLINE: Important unanswered questions from Oklahoma’s self-reported pasta violation

The key words for me were "pasta violation." How can you violate pasta? And why would you do it? Did pasta ever do anything to you?

It turns out that three players for the University of Oklahoma football team were given what someone decided was excessive amounts of pasta at a team meal. And the UofO decided to report it to the NCAA like a violation. The offenders had to pay $3.83 each to the charity of their choice.

What kind of pasta was it? What do they consider excessive pasta for a 300-plus-pound lineman? And is there a charity called Feed the Pasta?

You can see the full story here.


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Anecdotes by Tom Gillispie
• Yer outta there!

He said, said he

Said he: I'm reading an old book that bothers me. In every bit of dialogue, the writer uses said Tom or said Helen or said Mom.

"We're doing OK," said Tom. "I knew we would," said Helen. "But I worry enough for all of us," said Mom.

It's a small distinction, but I like Tom said or Helen said or Mom said. It's tough to read a book with something small like that irritating you.

Oh, one other thing: The writer keeps writing postoffice. I prefer post office.

More editing from the same book:

"Of course you did," said Mrs. Blair. "It was dangerous but I'm proud of you Helen."

Here's an edit:

"Of course you did," Mrs. Blair said. "It was dangerous, but I'm proud of you, Helen."

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Editorial group: If you're a freelance writer or editor, you might check out my Freelance Writers and Editors group on Yahoo! We're really active, and I think we've become useful to each other.

Writers' guidelines: If you want to write for magazines (or book publishers), check out the writers' guidelines on my Freelance Writers and Editors group on Yahoo!

Check it out: You might look at Funds for Writers, which specializes in grants for writers.


Contact: Reach me at tgilli52@gmail.com or nc3022@yahoo.com.


Anecdotes by Tom Gillispie


Entries from The Dog Blog

Blog entries from The Auto Racing Journal
(a book of great stories about the Intimidator)
(the book of great NASCAR stories)