Category Archives: faffing around

The digital word

I have a bit of a teetering-on-the-fence opinion about ebooks. I cannot deny, as someone now trapped in a daily commute, that I look on enviously as people hold on with one hand while they gaily “turn pages” with the other on their e-reader (especially when we are both reading something like Reamde). The sheer portability of an entire library is the most blatant invitation to covetousness.

The reason I have hesitated in jumping on the electronic-reader bandwagon is that I really, really, really like physical books. I like having them. We designed our house to have one room with a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall bookcase, because it will just look fucking beautiful (once we finally get the damn thing installed). And unlike with music, I cannot have my cake and eat it too: there is no way to rip a book I own to digital format, though some make-do options exist for “burning” digital prose to a physical copy.

And now I have been informed of another fundamental problem with the whole concept of electronic libraries; as discovered in sad circumstances by Kate Griffin (an author whose brain is an unending delight to me), Amazon will not permit (or, more accurately, honour) the bequeathing of virtual libraries.

I have philosophical Opinions about this )

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Today's moment of cynical hilarity

In The Age today, Clare Cannon believes that young adult readers are unable to engage with the moral complexity of The Hunger Games as well as she can, a view which I should think anyone who's ever been a young adult reader might find a bit patronising.

What I found a little irritating and disingeuous was that she doesn't mention that the site of which she is an editor – goodreadingguide.com – is dedicated to culling the available body of literary work down to those compatible with Christian values.

In visiting the site to confirm my suspicion of this fact, I noted the point that was actually hilarious, however: goodreadingguide.com endorses The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. I am now extremely curious about where the recreational use of cocaine fits into Christian values, and why this was never raised during the seven years I attended Sunday School. (Though I do note that apparently the stories that comprise this volume may have been carefully selected so as not to include any untoward material – a story containing adultery was apparently pulled after the first imprint. So maybe it is the sanitised version of Sherlock's adventures, for those of a delicate and impressionable intellect.)

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Not sure what this is, so putting it here for a time when I need it

There are tales about birds who push their hatchlings from the nest to teach them to fly.

I have never understood why these stories do not include the hatchlings returning on the wing to attack their parents. Are we to believe that such birds have sufficient language to communicate the dire necessity of this action? Is the moment of flight so transporting as to instantly forgive the machinations that led to its discovery? Or are these animals simply so stupid that they will forget this betrayal? Birdbrain.

Sorcerers have excellent memories. It is one of the required attributes.

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Less a new chapter, more a redrafting of familiar material

All right, let's try this cross-posting malarkey.

An orientation note to start: my dreamwidth journal is for writing. I discuss original things I'm working on, the process of writing, media consumed as it relates to the general business of creativity. I will also begin using this for general life-updates, in the hopes of inculcating in myself a mindset where writing is intrinsically tied up with my life. (Yes, I do play these mindgames with myself. What's more, I win.)

Recent renewed productivity (post wedding/moving/lifestyle-change-panic) has been assisted by everyone's new favourite thing, 750 words. Though I'm not really using it the way it says on the box. Personal ruminations on the Artist's Way )

…and on ruthlessly exploiting tools for your own uses )

And the most important thing, of course, is summed up nicely by this wonderful piece of advice.

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