Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Mish-Mash

If they're not "here" yet, ebooks are definitely knocking on the front door. Loudly. How much of an issue is piracy? Bob Miller of HarperStudio has a few thoughts (by way of Nathan Bransford). 

***crit guide

Last Wednesday's post took a few playful jabs at critique groups.   One of the commenters, Becky Levine, knows a thing or two (or two hundred) about them. In fact, she wrote the book on critique groups! It’s called, appropriately enough, The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide. Check it out here. Hope you had a great launch day, Becky!


Because I'll be attending the Malice Domestic conference, I get to complete an Agatha Awards Nomination Form. So many great books to choose from, so few lines on the form!


edamame I'm digging my new food for 2010, edamame. Sorry, fennel! Maybe next year.



Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Thanks for the links on Bransford's article on ebooks and piracy. I'll definitely take a look at it.

I love edamame! We get a large container at the Costco and eat it as snacks. Great health food.

That nomination form is my homework this week! Got to get it knocked out.

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Mason Canyon said...

I'm still not sure I like ebooks. I enjoy the feel and smell of a book too much.

Go luck on your world book tour and if you have extra time you're always welcome to guest blog at Thoughts in Progress. Love to have there.

Anonymous said...

Alan, Thanks so much for the link! I loved the lightbulb-joke post. :)


Galen Kindley--Author said...

eBooks are for sure on my horizon. Not certain what format yet, waiting for the technology dust to settle.

I'm intrigued by the idea of a critique group book. I've never been in--but obviously need--a critique group. Does this, I wonder, give guidelines about how to go about finding one and once in, how to behave?

Best Wishes Galen.
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Elspeth Futcher said...

I guess my novel should be published before I start having dreams of nominations...

Curses. Foiled again.


Anonymous said...

Edamame is great and so good fo r you.

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.

Alan Orloff said...

Elizabeth - Arrg! What be wrong with pirates? They wear cool clothes and have parrots.

I got our jug of edamame at Costco, too.

Mason - I like the way books feel, too. On the other hand, gadgets are neat...

I'd love to guest blog at Thoughts. I'll email you.

Becky - Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with the book--it's a great topic!

Galen - That would be silicon dust, right?

Maybe you should get the book, if for no other reason than to make sure you behave.

Elspeth - I do believe publication is a pre-requisite, but I'll have to read the rules again.

Carolyn - Well, it was either edamame or doughnut holes. Glad I picked the healthier choice! (Plus I was tired of powdered sugar moustaches!)

Lorel Clayton said...

I've never tried edamame. Gotta add that to my list. Just like you I've been trying new foods (fruits actually) over the last few years-- dragonfruit, lychee, custard apple, rambutan and persimmon. They're all wonderful, except lychee; it wasn't my thing.

Alan Orloff said...

Lorel - "dragonfruit, lychee, custard apple, rambutan and persimmon" Hmm. I think I need to do a little fruit investigating. I haven't even heard of dragonfruit or rambutan. Are they native to Australia?

Unknown said...

Sometimes I really don't like the *progression* of things. I don't like ebooks. I love holding a book in my hands! It's like a friend!

I hope you have your settings set to be notified when someone leaves a comment on your blog, Alan! Since we post on opposing days, I have to say that of all the blogs I visit I really miss yours on M, W and F!!

Alan Orloff said...

Crystal - I agree - books are like friends. I guess we'll just have to try to make new (electronic) friends!

I do get notified of comments, so feel free to visit any time you get a chance!

Lorel Clayton said...

Dragonfruit is beautiful (tasting and looking) and rambutan isn't as scary as it looks (check them out with a Google search). They're tropical fruits native to southeast Asia, but I think Dragonfruit also grows in Mexico and South America.