Books, Books, Books…

Well, it’s been a great year for movies AND books in my opinion – sure we got a FABOO Iron Man (insert RDJ fangirl swoon here) and looking forward to more excellent comic-based movies but there’s some great books out there for those of you looking for something a bit different.

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs is set in the Mercy Thompson world – and if you haven’t met her then you’re missing out on a wonderfully crafted world of shapeshifting, werewolves and magic. I just finished this one, the first spin-off so to speak, and I can’t wait for more. If you’re looking for a great way to spend some time in a different reality plus some hot sexy werewolf men… well, drop by the garage!

And I’m about to start on the newest Julie Kenner book, Deja Demon – her fourth in a series that started off with Carpe Demon. Imagine what would or could happen if Buffy, our favorite vampire slayer, decided to retire and get married and have a normal life. Except, as usual, things don’t always go to plan. With excellent characterization and dialogue that just won’t stop I’m dying to get into this newest book! And anyone who’s a Kim Possible fan and mentions it in her books, well… that clinches the deal for me!

I’m still slogging through The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, but that’s because it’s non-fiction and a bit hard to digest quickly. Although the audiobook is a godsend during my Wii Fit step sessions and I can focus in better on the concepts. Still highly recommend this if you’re looking for the future wrapped up in an easily understandable package.

Nothing more to report on the Blu Phi’er Publishing problems, other than a discussion on how the best of intentions can often turn a small press into a nightmare for the authors. It’s sad to see how many people get taken in by sweet words about how good their book is and how the publisher is right behind them… and then it turns out to be a horrible contract; lies about distribution and the like and the author is left holding the bag. 

The saddest thing is, to me, that these people aren’t evil. But they know little if anything about publishing and figure that because they can run a computer or a business in another field that it all translates over – and that’s just not true. Publishing is a full-time job with a whole lot of dedication needed and skills that can be only acquired through research and experience – andanyone who says otherwise is tooting smoke, IMO. Publishing companies have been started by housewives, computer programmers and disgruntled authors with no idea of how the system works or how they can make it work for them. And in the end so many of them fail that it’s sad. 

Again – check out your micropresses. Some of them may be honest, hardworking souls who really care about getting your book to the public. But there are those, and plenty of them on the Absolute Write boards, who don’t know what they’re doing and just want to play at being a publisher. Why give them YOUR book to play with?

 

drabbles of a broken finger…

first, the interesting stuff – purchased the audiobook of Thomas Friedman’s “The World is Flat” this weekend to go with the paper copy – and if you haven’t heard/read/listened to this, you need to. As in, yesterday. It explains a lot of what’s going on out there in the world and globalization and how it all fits together in a historical sense. I learnt/am learning a lot listening/reading this and I’m sure you will as well. 

and yes, it’ll affect your life. It has mine when I think about it – I work and live on the ‘net along with millions of others, not to mention found the Wook online when online romances hadn’t really started and weren’t the norm as it is today. And it really knocks down a lot of misperceptions and out and out lies that we’ve been told about outsourcing and how the world works. Not to mention the author’s other books are faboo as well.

still struggling with the broken finger. It’s annoying, VERY annoying and will be probably for another month. And having the parental unit comment about how it may not be healing properly and straight and all that does wonder for one’s blood pressure, as you can imagine.

speaking of, and of course, I’m about to purge the house of junk food from same since she’s gone back home. Love her dearly, but whenever she comes to visit we all put on weight. And the Wii Fit is NOT happy at the moment, since I’ve only lost two pounds since we started this dance almost three months ago. I am feeling better physically, which is what I remind myself when the weight count comes up and I start scowling at the screen. Not to mention that right now my left leg seems to be way out of balance, which I’m putting down to the broken finger. I’m thinking of putting a weight on it when I do my step workout in order to make it work harder and thus put it back in gear… but I dunno. Anyone with any fitness expertise is welcome to put in their two cents and advise me on that. My balance is way off when I try to balance on the left and it’s embarassing.

received a few rejections on shorts over the past week; going to round them up and send them back out again this week. Note to all you aspiring writers – they won’t sell if you keep them on your hard drive! Take the rejection and send it back out ASAP! Unless it’s reached the point of no return with so many rejections that you KNOW it’s got something wrong with it, of course.

for you anime fans – it’s AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER week on Nick, finally!The week’s full of new eps and the big finale this weekend… so don’t miss it to find out what happens to Aang and the GAang!!!! 

the Wook’s loving the Middleman, on ABC Family – if you haven’t caught one ep of this quirky new series, you have to. Think of it as a family-friendly Torchwood, if you can. Really.

saw the Dr. Who finale this weekend with a friend up in Erie. Won’t spoil it for anyone, but is there ANYONE Captain Jack won’t try to shag? Seriously? I mean… he’s just so greedy!

and… that’s it. Finger’s sore and in the splint and errors galore are being typed and fixed. Still a Tony/Pepper fanatic and thinking of fanfiction, but there’s so much GOOD stuff out there…

over and out, good buddy!