In Issue 1345, I said I “should” have some news about the True Stella Awards “by late next month.” That would be late …April. When COVID really geared up I wasn’t sure how my schedule would be affected (etc.), so I paused. I’ve now unpaused! Instead of working on a podcast last week, I finally finished up the setup work for my Stella plan.
Newer readers may not know much about the True Stella Awards: it was a spinoff from True that ran from 2002 through 2007, and covered crazy lawsuits. My premise was, if there is a problem with frivolous lawsuits in the USA — and I thought there was — why should anyone use bogus cases to illustrate that problem? If it was true that there was a problem, surely there would be current and True cases that I could find. And if it was really a problem, I should be able to find an example case every stinkin’ week!
Well: I launched, and virtually every week that I published (I took time off here and there), I actually ran two cases.
Book publishers and high-level literary agents quickly started calling. The result was my True Stella Awards book. When it went to press I removed all of the cases from the Stella site. Not because my contract required it: I just thought it was best to only have them in one place.
Well, it’s well past time that those cases should return to the Internet!
Posting the Cases Online
Yet there’s no sense in just posting the cases one by one with no context: by now, many have updates and conclusions! And shouldn’t I also publish some of the more interesting letters that made it into the newsletters? So that means I need to spend some research time, which means then some writing time, make choices on letters, etc. And design an attractive page presentation. (That part’s done. 🙂 )
I’ll have a classic case ready to publish each Wednesday. I’m not planning to write any new cases: my book says everything I really wanted to say on the matter. The discussion and conclusions written specifically for the book won’t be included on the web site: I figure that part “belongs” to the book publisher, in an exclusivity sense. But the cases and letters? They were published online long before I even had a book contract, so I figure those “belong” to me, especially since the contract didn’t specify I needed to take anything offline.
I actually don’t know how many cases there are — and some came out after the book was published. I expect it’ll take about two years(!) to get them all online at the rate of one/week, but I’m not going to try to hurry things up since I’m already pretty busy with True, the podcast, volunteer work, and more. Thus, if you’d like to get an email notification when a case is posted, you can sign up on the Stella site; see the footer or the sidebar. Meanwhile, Wednesday’s case is already posted to get you started. Enjoy…?
Update: The “best” comment on this page was turned into a blog post about the obliviot who made it. Meet Big Bad Joe.
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