A Moment in Time

Some stories are a moment in time, captured and played out like a piece of music. An introduction (maybe), a central section where all the notes are dispersed into the world, and into the finale, the wind-down. There may be no other structure to a MOT story, but they are usually well understood. A mother … Continue reading A Moment in Time

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A Moon

On Saturday (0500) I'll be getting up to look at the night sky. Why? For this. I'll be looking at the dark red micro moon at full eclipse. A total lunar eclipse. It will be beautiful. The super-moon eclipse was amazing, too, but when the moon is so big, so close, it feels ominous. The … Continue reading A Moon

This Is Roquette Science — Anthropocene

This is very interesting: https://www.youtube.com/embed/yGGVXu1yMfQ?feature=oembed FOOD This is Roquette Science How computerized arugula (aka roquette) farms take over the world By Nathanael Johnson The latest world-changing idea for agriculture sprouted three years ago, not from a field but from a computer lab. In 2015, Caleb Harper, an MIT Media Lab research scientist, wowed the audience … Continue reading This Is Roquette Science — Anthropocene

Loving reading and book wardens

When they first arrived to live with me, all my foster kids hated to have words shoved in front of them; when they left, it was to the beat of their own story-words …

Tyson Adams

When do people start to hate reading?

For us readers, the answer is “Never! How could you ask such a silly question? What’s wrong with you? Do you even book, bro?” But the reality is that a significant chunk of the population have not read a book in the last year, and/or aren’t regular readers. We have to admit: some people don’t like reading.*

I have a pet hypothesis** on this. During school, mainly high school, kids start to hate reading. This is because teachers, academics, literary people, policy makers, and general busybodies, start to decree what kids should and shouldn’t be reading. As a result, kids are “forced” to read books that they aren’t interested in or that have won an award or are a “classic” or that fill a certain level of appropriate snootiness that appeases book snobs.

Or as Blackadder put it:

In the…

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Engaging With Readers

Want to add your thoughts, contribute to the answer we all seek? Go ahead, make a mark … or a review

Stevie Turner

Countless times I have read the same thing – I as a self-published author must engage with readers.

This is common sense, and it does not take the brains of a rocket scientist to work out that it’s readers who will buy my books.  However, the way to go about this procedure is usually left tantalisingly out of reach just around the corner.  I’ve yet to read about a genuine strategy that doesn’t cost the earth and promises to connect authors with readers.

Here is another issue self-published authors face:  When it seems the whole world population has written a book or twelve, how does one actually go about finding readers that are not authors? 

We as Indie authors have a tricky problem in that our books are not usually on the shelves of large bookstores for the reading public to peruse.  Therefore we tend to have to part with…

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Travellers – a Short Story

Journey! As if there was a defined destination, as if there was a chance of returning. Journey, be damned. Exile. And now the last stage: execution, dismissal. If one thing remained, it was the capacity for revenge. The long-term strategy of the betrayed was something Juno was good at. Retribution. Punishment. Retaliation. She had plans … Continue reading Travellers – a Short Story