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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 28, July 9, 2006, Article 12

LAST WEEK'S RECORD-SETTING E-SYLUM ISSUE

Dick Johnson writes: "Editor Wayne Homren set a record last week
with 51 articles in The E-Sylum. Readers may be surprised to learn
he did this after a week in which he and his family bought a new
house and took a father-in-law to the hospital.

Wayne, how do you accomplish all this?  I get tired just getting
out of bed in the morning. Ahh! The vitality of youth!  If you can
package that, I'm a buyer.

But when you set a record you really hit a new mark! Last week's
issue of 51 articles can only be compared with your previous records
of 40 articles (issue 24, June 11 this year) and 38 (issue 11, March
12th). You only hit 34 as tops the previous year (volume 8, issues 6
and 12).

And to think: You do all this for FREE!  Maybe we appreciative
readers can throw a house party for you and your family."

[My father-in-law is fine now, fortunately. The hospital trip is
what kept me from publishing the June 25 issue on schedule.  I
knew the July 2 issue was a whopper, but hadn't counted the articles.

As for how I do it, besides not wasting time watching television,
I set aside some time each day, usually at bedtime, to edit and
format the issue.  I also cut and paste text into the draft
continually through the day as email arrives.  I try to acknowledge
each submission, even if it has to be with a terse "Thanks" reply.

My constant goal is to keep the in-box empty.  Falling behind can
be a nightmare - it took a few hours to get through the backlog on
the 26th.  Here's the table of contents for that monster issue:
esylum_v09n27toc.html

Cut and paste is the key - the vast majority of E-Sylum content
comes from our readers or web sites.  I just stitch it together.
It doesn't take a tremendous amount of time at any one sitting,
but it does take some practice and experience.

On a good day, I feel like a sculptor.  Instead of starting with
a big block of marble, I start with a big block of raw text for
each article.  Then I hack away at it, first with a chainsaw,
then with a chisel, cutting away everything that doesn't seem at
least somewhat useful or interesting.  What's left is hopefully of
interest to enough of our readers to make it worthwhile. -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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