October 21st, 2007


[process] More on competency

A fascinating subissue is emerging in the "competency" discussion. Some observers, including fjm  and goulo, seem to define "competency" as "excellence." Others, myself included, define it as a midpoint between mediocrity and excellence. The difference seems to be whether one views "competent" as the minimal state or the maximal state of writing quality.

A quick poke at dictionary.com, following "competency" to "competence", reveals this definition:
1.    the quality of being competent; adequacy; possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity: He hired her because of her competence as an accountant.

2.    sufficiency; a sufficient quantity.

This in my opinion could be read to support either the minimal or maximal position.  So it all comes down to connotation.  And since fjm  and goulo are from opposite sides of the Atlantic (though both reside on the eastern shore now), I can't blame it on the Anglo-American language divide.

Poll #1074998 The meaning of competency

When discussing writing, does "competency" imply minimal acceptable quality or maximal desired quality?

Minimal acceptable quality
Maximal desired quality
Some intermediate state
Something else I'll explain in comments

[links] Link salad on the day of rest

TSA screeners miss 75% of bomb part test runs

Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding PlaceThe New York Times imitates The Onion. (Thanks to danjite.)

Ship of Fools Caption Contest — (Thanks to tillyjane.)

Petrol Powered Boots — Seven leagues in a single groin stretch!

A reader responds to Trial of Flowers Powell's | Amazon ]

Name the 51 countries of Asia — I named 44 in 10 minutes, without resorting to anything but my brain. I wouldn't have considered two of the missed answers part of Asia in the first place, I had several brain farts, and missed two answers with a strong political bias which I don't happen to share.

[child] the_child's 10th birthday party

Though her birthday is actually Monday, we had the_child's 10th birthday party yesterday. It was ChildCon, more or less, her version of JayCon. lasirenadolce took some lovely photos, the kiddo harvested plenty of loot, and a great time was had by a whole lot of people.

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All photos by lasirenadolce. As always, more at the Flickr set.

[movies] One line movie review

Signs imdb ]: Aliens with the will and capability to cross the vasty deeps of interstellar space are defeated by advanced human doorknob technology and the miracle of potable water — I'm guessing they can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, though!
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[audio] Podcast updated 2007-10-21

There's a new podcast up today. This is a recording of the introductory remarks for a panel on fiction and autobiography at the 2007 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference. I speak first, followed by authors Susan Bono, Inez Castor, Joseph Millar, and Derrick Jensen. There's some nice stuff there, and it's also interesting in the sense that I am the only fiction writer on the panel.

RSS feed is here or here, depending on which one your reader likes better. The iTunes feed is here. You can also simply search for "Jay Lake" or "Lakeshore" in the iTunes store, under the Podcast category.