View Full Version : Writing as Punishment

06-10-2009, 03:28 AM
Figured this (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/09/business/09bristol.html?_r=1&ref=business) might interest some folks:

On Monday, Judge Ricardo M. Urbina (http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/urbina-bio.html) of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, sentenced a former senior pharmaceutical executive to write a book.

Earlier this year the executive, Dr. Andrew G. Bodnar, a former senior vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/bristol_myers_squibb_company/index.html?inline=nyt-org), had pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the federal government about the company’s efforts to resolve a patent dispute over the blood thinner Plavix.

The judge sentenced Dr. Bodnar to two years of probation during which he is to write a book about his experience connected to the case. Dr. Bodnar must also pay a $5,000 fine.Nice to know that doing what so many of us love to do so much can be a punishment for others. Maybe if Kanye gets in trouble with the law the judge will make him read Bodnar's book!


06-10-2009, 03:34 AM
He should send the judge some of our typical questions.

"Should I write a prologue or not?"

"Should I name my chapters?"

"Courier or Times New Roman?"

"Should I do an outline or just wing it?"


06-10-2009, 03:41 AM
Do you want this in 1st person present tense or past?

How do you feel about flashbacks?

Is it okay if I insert a few chapters of violet-hued lines about the really cute research assistant in my office?

Is this supposed to be non-fiction, sci-fi or straight out fantasy?

Do I get to keep the rights once my sentence is served? (though it's illegal for him to profit off a sentence, I think...)

I got an offer from PublishAmerica...

( he should be good with the no profit, thing)

Wayne K
06-10-2009, 04:35 AM
I got an offer from PublishAmerica...


Matera the Mad
06-10-2009, 06:12 AM
:ROFL: @ the FAQ
(Frequent Annoying Questions)