Books vs Kindles

Had an interesting chat, yesterday, about kindles vs books. My friend, who has spent years teaching reading, said she wondered whether our brains were wired to cope with only reading something off a screen. She did concede she might be influenced by her bias towards the traditional book, and her struggle to fully take in all the information presented on a computer or phone screen. Perhaps the younger generation, with their i-phones, i-pads and i-pods permanently attached to their eyes, ears and hands, may not have the same struggle. I think there’s something about the delicious tactile sensation of opening a book that just can’t be duplicated by a machine, no matter how technologically advanced it is. I love the way a brand new book creaks as you open...

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How to spot spam.

How do you spot a spammer on your blog? 1. They use terminology which implies you’re a man, when your name and photo clearly show you’re a woman. Unless, the unplucked hairs on the upper lip are causing some confusion! 2. They thank you for the information, which is just what they’ve been looking for, when you’ve written about the dog disgracing himself on the living room carpet. Unless, there really are hundreds of people with computer software/diet programs/methods for penis-enlargement that are desperate to know how I react to my dog’s lack of control. 3. They use the same message for every single post. ‘Hey bro/man, my sister/husband/brother/cousin showed me this post. It’s just the information I’ve been looking...

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Tips for newbies.

Tips for beginners/self-publishers. 1. Don’t leave a double space between each paragraph. It screams “AMATEUR!”. It might look good when you’re writing an email, or posting in a blog, or some other venue on-line but it doesn’t work in print. A double space between paragraphs is a literary device to denote a shift in time (a reasonable period, not two minutes later), or a change in point of view; that’s all. 2. Please don’t leap from head to head within the same few paragraphs. Pick one person to tell the story and then remember that they have no idea what the other person is thinking or feeling. You, the author, can show the reader the other character’s response by what they say or what they do. If it’s...

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The Wonder Dog is in Disgrace.

As I’m typing there is a small, high-pitched whine coming from the direction of the kitchen door. I’m choosing to ignore it. Rex the Wonder Dog is in disgrace. It doesn’t help his cause that I am already seriously sleep-deprived due to his nocturnal habits. He’s been whining for the past hour, non-stop. I am a block of granite. I am carved from stone. I am…oh good, he’s stopped. I can’t bear to hear him cry. (But don’t tell him!) R the W D lived with an old lady for the first two years of his life. I can only assume that the woman paid numerous visits to the toilet during the night. As a result R the W D can hold on for 6 hours or so during the day and then take himself out to the loo, when he needs to, through the...

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