Why is he giving $1 million to Indies?

Author James Patterson plans to give a million dollars to independent bookstores and Shelf Awareness asked him why.

I’ve become very concerned about the reading habit in America. I think e-books are a terrific development, but I don’t think we as a society are really thinking through the implications of our changing retail landscape. I fundamentally believe our way of life is at risk if bookstores disappear.

“This effort to help independents will hopefully be something of a shot in the arm for the book business. We need to do more than talk about this juncture. We need to do something about it.”

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Reading on TV

Some of my favorite TV characters actually read books. There was Rory Gilmore (well, I loved the show for the first season anyhow), the delicious bit of eye candy from Lost, Sawyer, and CSI’s Gil Grissom (the whole reason I watched the series).

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And don’t forget Jean-Luc Picard, a starship captain who actually read PRINTED books.

Huff Post gives us…

13 Bookish TV Characters

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31 Day Blog Challenge

FAVORITE BLOGS

I don’t really “follow” blogs on a regular basis, as such, but I do read a number of my fellow writers’ offerings – and in that category, the label of “favorite” tends to fall on what I am currently reading.  

All I can tell you is, if you have a writer you like, plug them into a search engine, and look  around. Chances are they’ll have a blog or a blog-like object somewhere. Go there, read, comment. Writerly people love readers interacting with them.

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“You just walk across thin air”

Maria Popova interviewed Neil Gaiman for Brain Pickings and came up with wonderful quotes from a richly creative man:

You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.

The process of writing can be magical — there times when you step out of an upper-floor window and you just walk across thin air, and it’s absolute and utter happiness. Mostly, it’s a process of putting one word after another.

Neil Gaiman says

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How to Reverse the Email Spiral

Rules to live by in the Age of Email

“We’re drowning in email….We can reverse this spiral only by mutual agreement.”

3. Celebrate Clarity: Start with a subject line that clearly labels the topic, and maybe includes a status category [Inf, [Action, [Time Sen [Low Priority. Use crisp, muddle-free sentences. If the email has to be longer than five sentences, make sure the first provides the basic reason for writing. Avoid strange fonts and colors.

Email Charter

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— Alma Alexander

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