Wednesday, 11 August 2010

How to be popular

Because I’ve been extra cranky this week, I didn’t feel like going to spin class yesterday. Instead I did my arms and core routine. Passing over cardio for strength training? Me? It’s amazing what this exercise streak is doing to me.

Two weeks down, one more to go.

Sell yourself
A while again some fellow nerds and I chatted about getting our dissertations published and how to make them palatable to a wider market. Most publishers will request a catchy and/or straightforward title, preferably with a buzz word or two so that the book will be easily brought up in online searches. We then proceeded to try to ‘popularize’ our diss titles.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I work on ancient construction. While everyone else was coming up with interesting titles referencing modern politics or global issues, I came up with this title for my work:

Huge Roman Erections

With the possible subtitle of:

How They Rose and then Stayed Up for So Long*

Since my work deals with a very specific time period, I could even go with this title:

The Emperor’s Many Erections and the Thousands of Men Needed to Make Them Happen

These have potential, no?

All right, I need to get back to work. I’m still trying to edit this godforsaken chapter. Since it’s taken me so long already and I really need to finish it, I’ve banned myself from the blogosphere (after I post this of course) until it’s completed. Hopefully it’ll be done on Friday, but possibly not until next week.


So until then,
  • cross your fingers that Barefoot Josh steps in poop today (must. win. contest.)
  • sign up for MCM Mama’s virtual race (that is if she’ll still let you)
  • enter one of the brazillion blog giveaways that seem to happen whenever I’m away
  • run like you stole something
Later gators.

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*Answer: Roman Viagra.


Jamoosh said...

It appears you have the female and gay audience covered with your title.

Viper said...

Those are some nice titles you got there. Here's my submission: Erections That Outlasted the Roman Empire. Good luck editing. Cheers!

Pam said...

HA!!! Love the titles!

Lily on the Road said...

LOL at Viper!!

Go for it....what can you lose???

Haliku said...

Maybe the archy in me is showing with: Architectural Wonders of the Romans: Their Importance to Society from Ancient to Modern Times. Or just go with Viper's idea... Cheers!

Jamie said...

Love those titles!

Deb said...

Colossal Erections, and the Popes Who Loved Them.

Good luck on your chapter!!!

Mary said...

OMG!!! Huge Roman Erections- LOVE IT.

Keith said...

I would at least browse those books. I'd probably buy them.

No comments from GQH; he must be off having a spasm, or something.

The Romans: from Maximal Erections to Cloaca Maximus.

The Merry said...

Longer and Harder: secrets of ancient Roman erections

Dunno about dissertations, but you could make some money selling that tome on the internet. Follow it up with volumes on ancient Roman secrets for a flat belly, white teeth, and working from home.

SteveQ said...

"How big a staff do you need for a huge erection?" - but only if you publish in Cosmo.

joyRuN said...

I'd read anything with those titles in a heartbeat!

So are you not done with the editing? Maybe beer would help?