“I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
~ Pansy Schneider-Horst
EBook reading devices are like telephones in call centres. Sometimes you want to throw a book across the room and sometimes you want to slam the phone down in an arseholes ear. With eBook readers, like call centre telephones, you just can’t get that satisfaction.
I’ve blogged before about my diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
It’s a contentious condition. Some believe it’s nothing more than an excuse for drug companies to medicate children.
I used to think that it wasn’t a real condition and the symptoms came on when kids were on lifestyles high in sugar and low in physical activity.
Some research and the risk of losing my job sent me to a specialist who agreed with my doctor’s diagnosis and I’ve been on Ritalin since November 2014.
The difference is remarkable. I can focus now. I can do things. I am no longer like Ozymandias, in Watchmen watching all those televisions at the same time.
Ritalin is a stimulant, it’s an upper. It boosts your brain’s feel-good chemicals – which you would think is the last thing someone with hyperactivity issues would need. Right?
“But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.”
~ Agatha Christie
Debate rages, it’s what debate does. People like nothing more than debating stuff. Debate leads to all kinds of silliness and the only thing I feel we can be sure about is that there is always evidence for both sides of any argument.
“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”
~ Fulton J. Sheen
This story is true. The reason for telling it is the same as the reason for telling any story. It deserves to be remembered. I’m tellilng what I remember of it, though when it was told to me it took an entire afternoon and a battered leather satchel of black and white photographs to back it up.
It’s a long story – so I’ll make it short, for the Internet generation. Though I hope you get the gist.
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde
Back covers and front covers of books are a lot like movie trailers. They show you the best bits and get you to engage with the story.
This leads to you buying the book and reading it. The disconnect that so often happens is between what the book promises and what it delivers. If I’m reading literature, like, proper literature, I expect it to be a trudge. You know that this book is going to pay off somewhere – you just have to let it roll out and keep reading. The really good literary novels will drag you down to your doom without you even realising you are completely lost in the story.
“Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.”
~ Fred Hoyle.
I live, at least according to the Rolling Stones, in the arsehole of the Universe. Technically, they were speaking of Invercargill (New Zealand’s southernmost city).
Therefore I guess I live in the Sacral Cleft of the Universe.
New Zealand/Aotearoa is about as beautiful as you would expect a dark, moist, and hidden from polite society, place to be (now I’m wondering about plumbers…).
“From my close observation of writers… they fall into two groups: 1) those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review, and 2) those who bleed copiously and secretly at any bad review.”
~ Isaac Asimov
Bad reviews, I’ve had my share.
They are a rite of passage for anyone who puts anything into a public domain. Be it writing, art, performance, film, or an opinion.
“The mind I love most must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.”
― Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield Notebooks: Complete Edition
So the way this blog hop works is tagged authors answer four questions about their writing process, and then tag one or more authors themselves. I was tagged by Debbie Cowens
With the announcement today that Sir Terry Pratchett has been forced to cancel his appearance at the upcoming Discworld convention, it reminds me that we are on track to lose one of the best writers of the last 120 years.
Every fan of the Discworld and all the other wonderful stories of Terry Pratchett has their own memories of him.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
There are millions of authors in the world and millions more who are “just” writers. Among the multitude are the self-publishers, the traditionally published, the hybrids, the indie-published and the unpublished.
No matter what kind of writer you are, or the kind of writer you know (and you probably know at least one, even if they don’t admit it) there is one thing common to all writers. We all need people to read our books.