John Scalzi on publicists, publishers, making sausage, and--synchronistically--hot dogs.
I hit upon a metaphor today that pleased me. Writing short stories is like watchmaking. Every bit must be finely machined, take up no more space than it needs to do its job, and move precisely in counterpart with all the others--and it must be necessary.
Novels have room for cuckoos and dancing waiters and great big decorative pendulums and so forth.
Also: GO! opportunitygrrl!