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Saturday Summation – 23 November 2013

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

A few things I read this week really spoke to me:

Writing Stuff:

Editor Dave King wrote a post for Writer Unboxed this week about creating the “masterpiece” in which he discussed a lot of things including the 10,000 hours to expert theory. While he didn’t say the 10,000 hours had to be achieved in order to become a successfully published author, it was sound advice to at least talk of how difficult it can be to do so and really, it’s supposed to be. Many people talk about how anything worthwhile should be challenging – achieving vs simply doing. “Your current draft may be the best thing you’ve ever produced. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s your masterpiece. You don’t become a writer by writing a novel. You become a writer by learning to write. Your novel may only be a means to that end.”

I really got a kick out of this writer’s post of “10 Things I Hate About My Plot” – the writer pulled the idea from a #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) forum and the purpose is to find issues, describe the problem, but in so doing, journal out how you can fix them. This writer lists 10 things she hates about her current manuscript and I enjoyed reading her thought process, because I could relate all too well. If you are blazing through a first draft because you know a first draft needn’t be perfect and that you can’t edit what isn’t written, I think this activity could be fun and useful.


Reading Stuff:

Agent Rachelle Gardner writes an honest post about Amazon after reading The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. I respect her conflicting feelings, especially as I have them myself.  Recently I re-watched You’ve Got Mail and Kathleen (Meg Ryan) says to Joe (Tom Hanks) something like “I wish people would stop telling me it’s ‘just business’ when all they really mean is that it’s ‘just business’ to them, but for me, it’s also personal.” (Totally not a direct quote, but the essence is there.) I guess that’s how I look at Amazon – sure, what they are doing is good money sense business, but it might not be good business in general. Do I still shop at Amazon? I do. Obviously I like the deals, and there are still cool things that Amazon does, business-wise, as a whole. But I do have some misgivings – part of which match Gardner’s.

Miscellaneous Stuff:

I don’t have a link, but at some point this week, Book Riot threw out this “would you rather” question… what is YOUR answer? “In a given year, would you rather be able to read all the books you want, except never be able to read the last chapter of them, or only read one book all the way through?”

Video(s) of the Week

Y’all, there were so many good ones this week, so it’s hard to decide which one to feature. There was Goldie Blox’s ad that advocated for girls and engineering, Sesame Street’s Hungry Games, and Kid President back again with a Pep Talk. I’m going with the shallow one instead, the Onion reviewing the Catching Fire movie (assuming it embeds like I want it to):


The Onion Reviews ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

3 thoughts on “Saturday Summation – 23 November 2013

  1. I would want to read all the books I like, without the last chapter! Reading only one book for a whole year would make me crazy. I would keep a list of all the books I read that I wanted to finish, and go back in the following year to finish them. Plus, I often abandon books when I just can’t get into them or sympathize with the main character. so it might not be as bad as it sounds.


    1. Me too! I couldn’t possibly just stick to one book. Plus, sometimes the last chapter is just an epilogue, right? In some cases it would be hard, but harder than not opening the books at all. 🙂


  2. Missed this Rachelle Gardner post – and I love her blog and often read it. I feel the same ambivalence about Amazon. Living abroad, it’s hard to live without it. But they don’t actually care about books -they’re just one more product they sell. And I do hate to see how the competition hurts the bookstores I love. You may have seen that France is openly challenging Amazon France in order to stave off unfair competition for their bookstores. I’ll be interested to see where it leads.


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