27 May 2014

Into the depths of the author's brain

I read great post the other day by Lydia Kang on Buzzfeed & I just want to dump it out in it's totality for you - it really hit me close to the bone - but I'm only going to give you the skeleton - I really think you should read the original, this is just a selection from the list. In fact, I've omitted numbers 1 & 2 just to taunt you :)  

18 Weird Things Authors do:

1. ....
2. ....

3. Pretend we don’t read reviews, when we do.

4. Pretend we don’t get upset by reviews, when we do.

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

5. How we deal with #4

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

6. What we use for sustenance while writing.

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

7. When we just wrote an awesome scene:

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

8. When we reread the scene later and realize it sucks:

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

 9.  ....

10. ....

11. When we get a shiny new idea:

12. When we start writing the shiny new idea:

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

13. When we’re halfway through writing the shiny new idea:

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

14. ....

15. ....

16. How some people see us:

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

17. …How we really feel:

18 Weird Things That Authors Do

18. How people react when we tell them about our newest, latest, craziest novel idea.

18 Weird Things That Authors Do
Via persephonemagazine.com

Thanks Lydia Kang who compiled the list & Buzzfeed for putting it out there

20 May 2014

Drinkable book

Official world wide release for EMBRACED BY FIRE.
This means it'll be available print & eBook from retailers other than Amazon, so non-Amazonians now's your chance :)

Now on with our scheduled program...

Over the years I've linked to some very fancy books:
Books as fashion
Crazy designs - like a recipe book printed on sheets of fresh pasta
Edible books
A 16th century book that opened 6 ways

But this next book though is something special. It provides safe drinking water. The book itself is a guid to safe drinking water - the kicker - the pages can be removed and used as filters, thus creating safe drinking water. Water is Life is a charity organisation that focuses on safe drinking water in the developing world. This book is a project that seeks to combine an educational resource with a practical tool.

How does it work: "Each page is impregnated with silver nanoparticles (which gives the paper its distinctive orange colouring). The nanoparticles don't quite work like a traditional filter. Rather than providing a barrier, they actually kill the bacteria as they pass through the paper. As the water runs through, the bacteria absorb the silver ions, which kill the bacteria." 

The book has enough pages to last about 4 years (depending on usage). So, next time you take a nice cool drink of water, think about the people who aren't so lucky. Then, raise your glass to the people who are trying to make a difference (or become one of them.)

(Full article here)

13 May 2014

Weird Covers

Anyone who's hung out on my blog for a while knows I like cover posts :)
Bored Panda complied a list of 40 that caught my attention that seemed perfect - weird covers. Here are a few that really caught my attention.

Apologies in advance if anything here goes a little to far for you.

05 May 2014

Library Love

According to a recent study going to the library makes us happy. Or rather a happiness money can't buy. How much money? Happiness equivalent to a £1,359 pay rise. A least that's the results of a recent study commissioned by Britain's Department of Culture, Media & Sport. They wanted to know which activities have positive impact on people's wellbeing. 

Another study shows that libraries make help create stronger communities. They are places to socialise, places to learn, and they are often physically in the heart of a community. 

With eBooks and the internet gaining in popularity libraries are taking a hit. But we need to remember what they bring to our communities. A place to gather, learn, connect with events and people in out communities. Libraries don't just have fiction and non-fiction books, they have noticeboards, guest speakers, and helpful librarians. 

Librarians you say, but those ladies are scary. So not true. Not only are not all librarians women, they are certainly not scary, they are people who love books and love knowledge and they want to share that with other. Don't believe me, here's a list of 9 reasons librarians are great

Photo: Jesse Fox: Music librarian Steven Kemple

 So the question you need to ask yourself is...have you visited you local library lately?

This blog post sound a bit biased? Well, it would, written by an ex-librarian romance writer bookworm   :)