Goal digger - There's something I wish I had thought of myself. I found it on an old blog post, on another site.
How can you be a better goal digger?
We make goals for ourselves and then we either meet them successfully or we don't. Improve your success rate by actually digging in. Put work, hard work, into getting your goals but - make sure the goal is going to work for you. I don't mean you should pick something easy or simple and give yourself loads of time. If the goal is too easy you won't feel you really accomplished something to be happy and proud for yourself.
Are you putting in as much effort as if you were digging for gold, or a gold digger?
- Written by Laura Brown
- Category: Writing
I found a site asking Starbucks to add reading clubs/ books to their coffee shops. I think this is backwards. The book sellers need to bring in coffee, not the other way around. Coffee shops don’t have enough seating to really want a group of people hanging around and taking up space.
Smarter for a retail book seller to provide the coffee, books and space. Why don’t they evolve a room for public events? Make it cosy and enclose it (with glass doors to keep out sound but leave everyone a view). The store could promote the local book clubs. Offer members a discount on whatever the upcoming book is (and make sure they have it in stock ahead of time too).
The big chain book stores here (in Ontario) do have a coffee shop attached to them, a Starbucks. But, they don’t go the extra step of giving it a local group appeal. There isn’t enough seating and people are discouraged about shopping between the stores, due to theft, vandalism and accidents.
What do you think?
A day to celebrate the freedom of amateur radio online.
I have never tried a podcast of my own but, I have assisted with one. I’ve also been a fan of a podcast DJ. Sarah, who no longer does her podcast. I tried to interest my Aunt in taking her community TV show to a podcast, but I don’t think she wanted to start something new.
- Written by Laura Brown
- Category: The Internet Unplugged
Canadian resources/ organizations which send books (fiction and non-fiction in good condition, no hardcovers) to prisons/ inmates in Canada.
- Book Clubs for Inmates - Across Canada, from BC to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
- Books 2 Prisoners - Vancouver, BC.
- Greater Edmonton Library Association Prison Project.
- Manitoba Library Association - Prison Libraries Committee.
- Books to Prisoners - Ottawa, Ontario.
- Open Door Books - Montreal, Quebec.
You can find out more from the post on PEN Canada - Prisoners’ Right to Read. There is also a mailing label you can print out to go along with any books you send. Note - books can not be sent directly to an inmate, but publishers, libraries and organizations (see above) can do so.
Of course you can't send any book, on any topic or anything which describes criminal activity. However, you can send books which will help inmates learn (or improve) their reading skills. You can also send non-fiction. Think about all those gardening, cooking, history and science books which you haven't looked at in years.
Self publishing lets writers choose what they want to publish and... the format they will use. Most often the format is digital now. But... consider going back to print. You can print publish your own content without a big name publisher, or a literary agent. Self publish your own zine and distribute it online through Etsy (or other online stores like it).
I was surprised at how many zines are being distributed through Etsy, in particular. Most are sent as do-it-yourself publications, on paper and mailed out to buyers. However, there is the option of selling a digital copy which people buy and then print themselves. There are pluses and minuses for both. A digital copy is easier to distribute, no mail service involved. But, the print copy gives the writer options. A print publication can be mailed out with extras. I've seen publishers make their own stickers and buttons. You could also create calendars for yearly subscribers. There are a lot of extras you could do with your own print publication.
It's a new (retro) way of self publishing.
Link: Team Zine - Etsy Teams
I've noticed a lack of descriptions in print published fiction lately. Maybe they are already trying to write the screen/ script version of their story and expect descriptions of places and people will be covered by the set designers, costume designers and so on. The lack of descriptions is disappointing. Yet, it fits with the disposable, temporary and fast fry sort of culture we have these days.
I can remember reading descriptions I sank into, as a fiction reader. Descriptions which bloomed into an entire story, not just the background or setting for the events taking place. Characters who really had character rather than fast paced, smart-mouthed dialogue.
So, when I read this post about flash fiction I did not expect to see poetic descriptions encouraged. But, I was very glad to read it and pass along the advice.
A good, poetic description is not wordy. It's wordful - think mindfulness for words.
Poetic Descriptions Save Space
Poetic skill is a great tool to have in your arsenal. With it, you can capture memorable moments in a few words, while simultaneously conveying deeper levels of meaning. The English language is filled with nuances and subtleties that even the best poet can’t get a handle on. Take a chance and write some poetry in your pieces.
Write a great description. Pick something ordinary or fantastical and see if you can find the words, while avoiding long sentence length.
- Written by Laura Brown
- Category: Writing Exercises