As much as I love the convenience and ease of e-readers, there is something special about the way things used to be.
I remember wondering what all the other people who had borrowed the book before me thought of the work. (Sometimes I would get to see, because the buggers left annotations in the text.)
And then there was those super-cool times when I was the FIRST person to borrow a book.
Terrible reasons for becoming a writer #1.
This is missing the scotch-drinking-crying-softly-underneath-the-desk phase, but otherwise, pretty accurate.
Sharing this here for all the "dead tree" bookworms :)
Readers rejoice -- a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine suggests that you'll live almost two years longer than non-readers. And books are even better!
Quite often I find that when writers write about writing (yes, I just did that) the advice is prescriptive, and so, useless. These folks, however, just get it:
And in some glorious future, we'll be able to replace the novelist with some kind of whisky-fuelled story algorithm machine. Ah, progress!
The last one is especially true ;)
"Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them." ~Flannery O'Connor
Very chuffed to have a short story published by The Saturday Evening Post. The near-300-year-old magazine has printed stories by some of my idols, including Kurt Vonnegut.
This is a bit more sentimental than my usual fare, so it's a bit off-brand, but I'm still pleased with how it turned out:
Having my novel next to Kurt Vonnegut's masterful Slaughterhouse-Five on the Amazon bestseller list for satire and humor is an early Christmas gift.
Vonnegut is my literary hero, fyi :)