Category Random

The Birth of the Kindle

Originally posted on David Gaughran:
The 10th birthday of the Kindle was on Sunday, which has been met with all sorts of retrospectives. Getting less coverage is that it’s also the tenth anniversary of Amazon’s self-publishing platform. In this excerpt from the forthcoming third edition of Let’s Get Digital, I argue that the real revolution…

#Holiday time! Touring the Outer Hebrides (the Western Isles, #Scotland )

October is holiday time, and this year we (that’s me and Brian) decided to see – you guessed it – a bit more of Scotland, but this time with a difference. We toured the Outer Hebrides. For those who don’t know, this is the outer chain of islands, also known as the Western Isles, off […]

Some great advice about how to handle reviews #authors

Click on over to Nicholas C. Rossis blog to see this great post on handling reviews 😉 via 7 Ways to Handle Reviews: Brought to you Buy Tongue & Cheek

Have It Haven’t Read It – The Never-Ending TBR

Originally posted on kirstyes:
I saw this tote bag from Daydreaming Designs and immediately thought ‘Jeez that’s one of my catchphrases’.? DD is a new venture by Faye Rogers (@daydreamin_star) with exclusive designs printed up once minimum orders have been reached).? Find out more, and pre-order your copy here. You only have until 29th October…

Nottingham University #ShortStoryCompetition #winner – yours truly!

A couple of months ago, my University (Nottingham) newsletter announced a short story competition for alumni. How could I resist? The story was to be set on one of the campuses, and had a limit of 2000 words. Quite a challenge for someone accustomed to writing fantasy novels of epic length, but I decided to have a go, and chose a […]

10 Hilarious Memes About Being Sleep Deprived from Reading

Originally posted on Capital Nerd:
If you love books, you’ve undoubtedly had to decide between getting some much needed shut-eye or reading just one more chapter — and by one more chapter, we mean the rest of the book. For those that tend to choose the “just one more chapter” option, check out these hilarious memes on…

You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
If not, why not? I don’t have time The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record…

How important is solid #Worldbuilding in a #fantasy novel?

I ask this question because I’m currently reading an Urban Fantasy novel that is causing me to scratch my head rather too often. I think the answer to the glitches in this specific novel is probably that it lacked beta readers to pull the author up over the many illogical facets of this world. If it […]

A much needed day out – Hampton Court #FlowerShow

The entrance to Hampton Court Palace, site of the flower show This has been a very strange week. My father died on Thursday – not at all unexpected – he was 98 and had been sent home from hospital over a year ago, to die at home. Their estimate of his remaining lifespan was short by about […]