I apologize for the length of my last few posts. Obviously, I can be extremely long-winded. I realize that there is an art to writing blog posts, which I believe I have not yet mastered. I understand if you do not like reading my long-ass posts; I will not be offended.
Nevertheless, I will most likely continue to write such posts. You see, I write more for my own benefit than I do for yours, as I am sure we all do. I feel there is a lot knocking around inside my brain and I want to get it out. The beauty of our modern-day technology is that I am able to do so in a way which potentially provides me with interaction for my thoughts.
Therefore, my dear reader, I thank you for indulging me in my rambles and for engaging with me from time to time.
I take my long-winded habits as a good sign as we head into November. Apparently, as long as I have something to say, two thousand words come easily for me. I will try to cling to this knowledge during those dark moments in November when I am at a loss.
Sometime this summer I made a post about the new show “Beauty and the Beast.” It hadn’t started yet, but I had heard some things about it and it did not seem like it would be a very good show.
Well, I’ve given it two episodes and I can say with full confidence, it is not a good show… at all. In fact, I would go as far to say that it offends me and that it glorifies emotional abuse. Let me explain why. Continue reading
Awhile ago I decided to buy an e-reader. I figured if, one day, I end up self-publishing, I should know what is out there and how others do it. So, I did some research and I ended up buying a Nook instead of a Kindle. Here are some reasons why:
– It was cheaper.
– The cheapest version of the Nook seemed to be better than the cheapest version of the Kindle (I don’t remember my reasoning at the moment).
– But the number one reasons why I decided to buy a Nook over a Kindle was because I felt the Nook catered more towards the self-published author and Barnes and Noble were less interested in controlling the market like Amazon.
Let me explain. The Nook supports e-pub files. I don’t know if the Kindle supports these files, but I don’t think so. This file is the format that is not associated with any particular apparatus or company. It is the generic file. This means that the Nook supports platforms such as Project Gutenberg and Smashwords. If you are not already aware of Smashwords, you should check it out – it is awesome. And, it is the e-publishing platform that provides authors with the largest royalties and control over pricing. Of course, Smashwords’ audience is much smaller than Amazon, but publishing on Smashwords means your book is distributed to and can be read on a number of different readers, not just the Kindle.
Secondly,as much as I love Amazon, I really do not want them to rule the world, which is Continue reading
That’s all I’ve been seeing lately while surfing the creative writing blogs here on WordPress, so I figured I may as well write my own NaNoWriMo post. I’ve also added the 2012 Participant badge so the whole world (all three of you, that is) knows I’m doing it.
I have never participated, so I have no idea how it will go. I have a story in mind, though, and a writing buddy to keep me accountable. And I really, really want to win this thing…but, I have a feeling about a week into November things will get really busy and I will have to set it aside. I know, I know: I should have a more optimistic outlook, but,
really, I am being optimistic, because it will mean I am that much closer to getting my doctorate. (Then I’ll only have to face the horrors of trying to find a job.)
My advisor approved the draft of my dissertation. Woo hoo! Her revisions were minimal – it only took me a day to finish them. This means, of course, that I could possibly be defending by the end of November, which means I have a LOT of things to do between now and then.
In the meantime, I have some class prep to finish up and then I look forward to doing some research for my NaNoWriMo story.