Monthly Archives: July 2011

Kindlegraph

I find the kindlegraph an interesting item, who wouldn’t? I love the idea of an author being able to send a personal message and electronic signature to a reader for an e-book they have purchased, BUT there is nothing like the real thing…waiting in line to meet an author and receiving a physical John Hancock and not some digital copy sort of thing. Somehow the experience won’t feel as magical to me. There is something about watching an author whip up a pen, gently press pen to paper, and allow their signature to flourish the pages you have read.

Technology continues to amaze me by creeping its way into our lives, forever changing the the publishing world, changing the way we view books…it is endless really. As much as I like having the technology available for when I want to take my books on trips and vacations–bringing books along on a kindle is much easier than packing books in a suitcase or sack I’m sure–I can’t help but wonder what will happen to the disappearing medium of a physical  hard copy of a book.

I love feeling and turning the pages of a book. I love the smell of books. Will my future grandchildren (goodness this is a long ways away, ages) relate to books as I do? Must all good things come to an end? Really must they? I feel like…with many Borders bookstores closing, which bookstore will be next? Will smaller independant bookstores crop up as many speculate they will? What if they don’t? Will libraries become more popular or less popular?

Are we all just becoming a  bunch of fear mongers over the whole thing? I’m not sure what to think, other than: I want my own library! At least if I have my own library I can keep books alive for myself and for generations of  family who may never know the delight of holding a REAL book in their hands.

What do you think? What are your thoughts on the whole thing?

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Critique: Never An Amateur Move.

No, I didn’t jump off the edge of the Earth…

Or go on a fancy schmancy vacation or one of those fabulous writer’s retreats. I wish!

And… *cue the orchestra*

 I have NOT forgotten about my poor poor neglected blog…

Okay maybe a little. Okay…

A. LOT. *pause for acceptance*

BUT…

I was going through a p-h-a-s-e. (yes writers have these)

I didn’t make a run for that fabulous job I was so excited about. I never made it off the runway. I saw a detour and I took it! Pitiful I know…unless I can get you on my side of the fence. It will only take a few minutes of your time. Really!

So in fact, I’ve spent gobs, an insane amount of time,  with a wonderful group of ladies…they really make my day. I’m lucky I don’t have a hemorrhoid from the time spent, butt in chair, over critiques and exchanges during the last several months. *happy dance*

My Inbox has never been happier…and what do I need a runway for when I have this group of women to back me up and cheer me on? I’m giddy just sayin’ so!

I ♥ my critique group! I feel like I know these ladies well by now. I’m loving their feedback and can’t get enough of them! They are AWESOME!

 I have been popping out revisions like crazy! I’m so amazed at my own progress.

So when I came across Writer’s Relief and their post here:

 http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2008/04/how-to-get-your-work-noticed-writing-that-screams-amateur/

I realized how incredulously lucky I REALLY am to have a group that already functions as a checklist for these hilarious mistakes…AND so much more! Heaven forbid I EVER make those amateur mistakes!

It is rockin’ fabulous to have the support that I have from this group! ‘Nuff said? Not quite yet!

So if you are lucky enough to have a critique group like this, one that goes above and beyond the call of duty, please SHOUT IT OUT! They deserve the praise.

Yours Truley,

One VERY grateful writer clearly addicted to her, AHEM, fabulous critique group

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