There are 9 topics below. You know the drill. Respond to whatever moves you.
1. THE REAL YOU?
How much of yourself do you share in your blog posts? When I say “yourself,” I’m talking about your personality and opinions. Author/blogger Josh Lanyon had this to say about what he shares:
“Do I care if everyone likes me? No. Obviously not, or I wouldn’t continue to shoot my mouth off. But I do worry that Josh the web personality [will] eventually flavor the taste of my fiction for some readers. Because, speaking for myself as a reader, I don’t want the distraction of the author’s personality. If the author as character is too vivid, I find it’s one more obstacle in crossing that suspension-bridge of disbelief.”
Do you worry what your readers might think about some of the stuff you blog? I admit that I have stopped buying some authors because of something they might have written on the net. One author in particular was an auto-buy for me for years, and now I won’t buy anything she writes. Why? Well, let’s just say her very strong opinions against e-pubbed writers repelled me.
I caught this by way of Laura Vivanco at Teach Me Tonight.
The picture on the left is the UK cover. The one on the right, they did for Australia. Have we not gotten beyond this … &^%$ yet? BTW, I like what the author had to say about it.
Karin Baine wrote to me on Twitter and said this: “Just finished ‘The Highest Price to Pay’ you really made me wanna cry for Ella and Blaise- poor tortured souls! Really moving.” And also: “‘The Highest Price to Pay’ – Love is colour-blind and so is a fantastically-written romance” I really loved that quote. Partly because there has been a bit of controversy regarding this book, the cover, either the UK cover for its boldness, or the AUS cover for it’s less-than-bold approach. But just as a hero is a hero, not because of the color of his skin, or in spite of it, but because of the characteristics he possesses, I hope this book touches people, not because of the cover, but the contents. Unfortunately, some (and by that I mean one person who wrote me claiming to represent a group of readers) were put off by the fact that I have a character of African descent in this book. To that I say: Sidney Poitier came to dinner in 1967. Why are we still having this discussion?”
Hear hear! Well said!
3. WHICH KIND OF WRITER ARE YOU?
I snagged this from a Slate article. Psychologist Ronald Kellogg believes writers fall into the following categories :
“Some writers are “Beethovians” who disdain outlines and notes and instead “compose rough drafts immediately to discover what they have to say.” Others are “Mozartians”—cough, cough—who have been known to “delay drafting for lengthy periods of time in order to allow for extensive reflection and planning.” According to Kellogg, perfect-first-drafters and full-steam-aheaders report the same amount of productivity.”
Frankly, I think I’m a mixture of both. I do outlines sometimes and other times I just sit and ruminate for days … sometimes weeks at a time.
4. MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR
5. BOOK PIRACY
A confessed book pirate offers the following as a way to stem the practice:
“I guess if every book was available in electronic format with no DRM [Digital Rights Management; the ability to choose on which devices you can read and share a book -- Books Editor] for reasonable prices ($10 max for new/bestseller/omnibus, scaling downwards for popularity and value) it just wouldn’t be worth the time, effort and risk to find, download, convert and load the book when the same thing could be accomplished with a single click on your Kindle.”
What say you?
6. SPEAKING OF STEALING
Plagiarism … AGAIN.
Author Cynthia Eden (the injured party) describes the situation below:
“I was alerted that a person using the online name of Misconception76 had posted a story called The Devil’s Dance on fanfiction.net….At the beginning of her work, she includes this disclaimer: “The Twilight Series character names belong to Stephanie Meyer. No copyright infringement is intended.”
You see, she’s renamed my characters Edward & Bella. My SSD Agent Kenton–he’s Edward. My tough female firefighter? She’s Bella. She changes the names, acknowledges that she’s using them from the Twlight books, and then Misconception76 goes ahead to use my entire Deadly Heat story. She changes the POV (using “I” instead of 3rd person), but everything else is the same. For pages and pages and pages. She adds comments at the beginning and end of each chapter–talking about how hard it is to write. How the characters can be difficult. And she steals my work.”
The thief has since fessed up, but her excuse is laughable:
“Okay…confession time. What people said I did, I really did do. It was an experiment with a friend of mine. Her mom is totally addicted to the site, and it made me wonder. How many people actually copy other stories and claim them as their own. Well, now I know. Probably not many at all. I’m sorry for all the crap that I caused, and I promise to never show my face again. When my mom’s friend found out what we did, she was livid to say the least. I don’t blame her, or you for any words or actions you brought my way. I totally deserved it. Once again, I’m sorry.
FWIW, Cynthia Eden doesn’t appear to believe this tripe either. Thank goodness.
7. LETS PRETEND
Barnes and Noble has an article up titled:
Growing Up: Favorite Book Character You Most Wanted to Be
I didn’t really have to think about it, because I *still* wanna be Alice (in Wonderland). I remember listening to the recording of the movie on an lp and letting my imagination fly. I also had 3-D pictures of the movie on one those old View-Master thingies. I’d sit there for hours looking into them, imagining myself in that crazy beautiful world. How about you? What book character from your childhood did you want to be? According to the Barnes and Noble poll, here are the top choices folks made:
Boys chose: The Cat In The Hat
Now for the girls:
Go HERE to see the honorable mentions. Alice made that list, btw.
8. HE’S NOT A WITCH!
Check out book critic Ron Charles’ hilarious video:
9. HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU
Jane over at Dear Author asked a very interesting question, one I never really thought about before:
“Which is harder: Warning a reader off or making a recommendation? … For me, it is harder to make a recommendation than to warn a reader off. The reason is because if I make a recommendation and the person acts on that recommendation, I know she has spent time and money based on something I said. Whenever I give a recommendation, I am thinking that this book is worth it to me and I hope it is worth it to you. I know that everything that I like isn’t going to appeal to everyone else. (cough * Caris Roane * cough).”
Well, I make recommendations–general recommendations–all the time. On here, I’ll recommend a book or a movie, and I trust whoever reads the recommendation will have the foresight (from my descriptions) to know whether it’s for them. However, on a personal level, like Jane, I always take into consideration what a person likes. I mean, I wouldn’t recommend a romance novel to my male cousin who hates them, or a cookbook to my aunt since she avoids walking past a kitchen, much less going into one. So I’d have to say more effort is given to recommendations (at least for me) than for warning someone away from something. It’s easy to tell somebody something sucks, than to suggest something you think they (personally) might enjoy.
What’s your take?