Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
If you follow any news at all, you’ve probably already learned of how J.K. Rowling wrote a crime novel pseudonymously as Robert Galbraith. This news was not supposed to be leaked, and apparently there have been some honest admissions among her friends/colleagues etc of this egregious error. The fact of the matter is, though the novel earned some very positive reviews, interestingly it hadn’t been selling like crazy. Until Galbraith’s true identity was revealed, of course, at which point, sales on the same day the news broke skyrocketed. The whole thing is an interesting study of name/branding and simple writing. Here is Rowling’s brief notice from her website and here is a look at an “unknown” debut novelist vs. the wildly famous name from author Nathan Bransford.
The other big news which sort of crosses over with regular news vs. reading/book is me doing the sigh of relief that “Juror B37” caved to external pressure to not write her book (for now, anyway) about the “observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice”. I had to stop reading articles all around about this juror who just needed to Stop. Talking. Period.
Moving away from headline news and simply into more interesting reader territory is this response that author Neil Gaiman gave to a reader about the idea of an author “owing” his/her readers with faster, or even better books. The asker of the question is referencing the idea that he is seeing George R.R. Martin online as doing everything “other” than write the next book in his Song of Ice and Fire series. While Gaiman comes across as a bit harsh at first, he evens it out and gives a good response overall in how/why authors do not “owe” readers in this way.
Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade mayor in Florida, cut funding to the library system, which will result in several branch closings. The takeaway quote from him? “People have said that the age of the library is probably ending,” Um, what? Y’all, I know that ebooks are a steady part of our lives these days, but in reality, the percentage of people using libraries not only for books, but also computers and classes is way higher than social media would have you believe. Anyway, it’s a shame.
Video of the Week
It was a tough week for me in dealing with both my reactions and others’ to the Trayvon Martin case and the myriad related issues. I think we all deserve a little music, don’t we? Michael Franti and Spearhead always release the best songs. This is not their latest, but works quite nicely this week.
We got shame, we got pain
We got blame, we all a little bit insane
So that’s why I sing this song ya know because
Everyone deserves music, sweet music.