What I’m Reading
I am still reading a non-fiction book called Reading by the Colors by Helen Irlen (ISBN: 0-399-53156-4), but I haven’t had much reading time, in part because of the focus I’ve achieved with my first steps in Irlen Syndrome correction. I’ll soon be jumping back on the reading bandwagon.
And I forgot to mention I read Winters Passage by Julie Kagawa as well, a novella set in between two of her YA books I haven’t read. It was interesting the hints at the greater picture and what has happened along with the troubles still to come. I’m not planning to pick up her full-length books at this point because I’m not really the target audience, but if these characters continue to linger in my back brain, I may change that plan.
A look at the various avenues open to selling short fiction:
What the author is responsible for when a work is published. Though mainly non-fiction items, some affect all writers and should encourage second thoughts on including quotes in your work:
A list of things to do to make sure you’re well rounded as a person and a writer:
Especially for writers, this should come as no surprise, but there is now compelling evidence that the dream brain is able to perform problem-solving tasks. So really? Just sleep on it :).
New research on Archimedes and how he set Roman ships afire points to steam cannons:
Is it just me, or is this a no brainer. We know teenagers need a lot of sleep. We know teenagers tend to the nocturnal. And yet, most high schools start at the crack of dawn. Maybe things are starting to change:
While I do not tend to put quotes in my reviews, overall, this list of how to review a book clicks with me and offers some interesting suggestions:
A clear explanation of the difference between plagiarism and similar ideas, even if those ideas were consciously inspired by an earlier work:
While this is about golf and should be in science, I think a little extrapolation makes it writing focused. The research found that repetitive tasks became rote quickly, so learning didn’t happen because the brain didn’t have to process. Maybe all those challenges and dares are a good thing, eh?
A good look at critique myths and critique partners:
Suggestions for ways to gain perspective on your manuscript:
It’s scary that this reminder is necessary, but at the same time, the reminder is a good one. This note speaks about the lack of control of email and texts after they’re sent: