Note to readers: tips for writing to Fr. Z

I get zillions of e-mails every day.  

Many people want me to post this or write on that.

Some tips for writing.

If you want me to look at something, then please:

  • Provide the text
  • Provide the link 

If I have to go hunting for it, I will move on to something else.

Providing the text in a usable format is the best way to send it.

If you send photos, please:

  • Do not embed them in the e-mail
  • Send them as attachments

Also, keep it short.

If by the second paragraph I don’t know what your point is, I will move on.

Before you send recent news, check to see if I have already posted about it.

Finally,

  • I won’t help you with your school homework: I already did that.
  • I see your e-mails as invitations to read: I try, but I don’t feel obliged.
  • I find it in my inbox and it’s mine: I can do what I want with it.
  • I won’t help you name your baby or pick a confirmation saint: pick a saint’s name, spell it normally, and go for it.
  • I don’t want your junk mail too: I get enough.
  • I don’t know why you had the dream you did last night: over the last two nights I have spent time playing Mahjong with Chris Wallace and fighting the Aliens.  Why?  No idea. 

 

 

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10 Responses to Note to readers: tips for writing to Fr. Z

  1. Jacob says:

    The ‘Aliens’ as in the movies? Whoa!

  2. Diane says:

    I don’t know why you had the dream you did last night: over the last two nights I have spent time playing Mahjong with Chris Wallace and fighting the Aliens. Why? No idea.

    Next time I won’t have a mouth full of coffee when I read such posts!

    I’m just glad I don’t remember my dreams.

  3. Chris M says:

    “fighting the Aliens.”

    Did you win?

  4. Nathan says:

    Father, I guess this means that you haven’t been recommending baby names like “Saydeblack Doodered Smith?”

    In Christ,

  5. Chris M: I’m still here, aren’t I?

  6. Rachel says:

    People email you to name their babies and interpret their dreams? How can I attain such power?

  7. Matt Q says:

    LOL. First of all, Father’s Tips are pretty fair and quite sane. Secondly, Father’s dreams are a hoot. Mahjong and Aliens. I love it. :)

  8. Lucy says:

    Could someone help me find a place that supplies beautiful lacy surplices for boys/men serving Mass ? Some of our boys at our EF are in need of them. I need websites…….. Thank you !!

  9. Melody says:

    Hm… perhaps your subconscious remembered that it is only two more months until the conclusion of Battlestar Galactica.

    Am I to understand that you want all text as part of the email? I sent you a link to a news story last month about England banning Latin words in official documents, but I just posted a link with a summary.