Miscellaneous Links

Posted on 26 July 2010. Filed under: Interesting websites | Tags: , , , , |

I came across a few interesting websites last week. This one was sent to me by scifitv on Twitter. I was quite excited about this one, Frederik Pohl is a fabulous author and to have him write about Frank Herbert, my heart just went a flutter and I had to click through to look at it. I was excited even if others aren’t.

This next one was also exciting to me. It’s an article about offenders being given a sentence to read instead of going go prison. I’m lead to believe that one of the problems with offenders is that they’re not very educated and the theory is that they should become educated and they will change. Whether this will work is something I’m not sure of, but I reckon if it gets them reading then it has to be good. This leads me directly to another website. The Australian Prison Foundation is collecting textbooks, dictionaries and novels to send to offenders in Australian prisons to ensure they can educate themselves and change their lives. They’re in need of donations of books and also money so they can send the books to the right places.

This article could be the future of publishing. It’s a fabulous idea and ensures books are chosen by the many and not just for their money making opportunities. I’ll encourage you to look at the article as I can’t begin to explain it properly.

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50 Famous Authors and Their All-Time Favorite Books

Posted on 13 April 2010. Filed under: Interesting websites | Tags: , |

I love Twitter, it’s a wonderful invention, you can hook up with all sorts of people from all walks of life and get an absolutely amazing amount of such varied information. Just fabulous. This week I’ve been directed to a couple of interesting websites.

I got this website from Alyssa Milano, star of The Charmed Ones but she got it from LoriMoreno and Jason_Pollock. 50 Famous Authors and Their All-Time Favorite Books. It’s a fascinating little list and it got me thinking, I ended up with two questions.

How do you define famous? Famous generally means a great deal of the population has heard of them, well that puts me out of the running as no-one’s heard of me…seriously, though there’s authors on this list I’ve never heard of so I just stopped and thought about the definition of famous. Didn’t get any firm ideas so I’d be grateful if you’d leave your thoughts in the comments.

Why are there no duplicates on this list? Surely some authors have the same favourite books, it’s just impossible that out of 50 people everyone has a different favourite book. If I walk into a room full of people and do a survey I’m bound to find that several people will name a Twilight book as their favourite, others will name Lord of the Rings and others will name a Foundation title; in other words there will be multiple people with the same favourite book. So how do they get 50 famous authors all with different favourite books? Did they tell people ‘you can’t have that book someone else has already chosen it’? I hope not as it’s so childish. Did they ask more than 50 people and ignore those that named duplicated titles. I’d really like to know the answer to this question but I suspect they wouldn’t tell me.

The other tweet that caught my eye was from bookblog1 but they got it from FreshFiction and it’s Jaye Wells talking “Authors are Readers Too“. I read this and was dumbfounded. Authors also read books, wow, I didn’t know that…der, of course authors read books? how else do they get ideas? how else do they learn more about their craft? how else do…well, you get the picture. Having rubbished the title of the article you should read it as it’s a good article. I just wish they’d change the colour of the side bars so they’re not so fluoro green, it’s so hard to read.

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Australian Writers

Posted on 16 February 2010. Filed under: Rant and Rave Time | Tags: , , , |

I’m very passionate about writing…well, actually from my point of view it’s more about the reading than the writing but someone has to write so I can read it. I’m also very passionate about the Australian writing industry, if we don’t support them then they will go out of business and Australian authors will not be published as often, if at all and that’s not good. We have some very talented authors in Australia and I’m not going to name names here as that’s not what this post is all about.

We have some big problems with the Australian writing/publishing industry and some of those have been highlighted in the press in the past few months while some have not. The price of books in Australia is a big one, we are paying much more for a book than our counterparts in the US for example. Even if the book was written and published here we’re still paying much more for the same book. Another problem is our size, we’re just so small in comparison that we’re finding it hard to compete with the rest of the world, very few of our authors make it overseas.

I was given an idea a few months back and I’ve been working on it with the lady who gave it to me to try and bring it to fruition. So far, the idea is very small and I’d like to see it grow. Basically, it’s a forum for Australian authors to interact with the public. What we’re looking at is having a whole month devoted to each author, they get to choose the time and place of their postings as they can do it from home in the middle of the bath if they so choose, but we would expect them to check in and answer the questions for that month only. I would be trying very hard not to charge anyone for this as I consider it too important.

I have the forum and it has some people on it, I now need to take it to the next step and get more people and also some willing victim volunteer to take on the task of being the first authors to take on the public in this manner. I do have some ideas for who I could ask but have decided to open it up to volunteers. Here is the address of the forum if you want to check it and sign up now you can.

I’m hoping that by raising our homegrown authors profiles and making them more accessible to the general public then people will be more inclined to buy their books rather than imported ones.

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Richard Gordon – collection or not

Posted on 30 July 2009. Filed under: Collections | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Am I collecting Richard Gordon? It’s such a good question and I really don’t know. Let me ramble on about him for a bit and we’ll see where I end up.

Starting with a search on Wikipedia, it’s the first place I go to when researching authors. A very interesting search it brings up a list of 10 people with this name, my Richard Gordon just happens to be the first on the list although the other nine people have done interesting things including being an astronaut.

The man I’m talking about was actually born Gordon Ostlere on 15th September 1921. He was a trained surgeon and anaesthetist, writing several medical books under his own name. Richard gave up the medical profession in 1952 to focus on writing. I remember his books from my childhood as a couple of them were made into movies with the gorgeous Dirk Bogarde (more about him another time) and with a TV series following. Doctor in the House was first published in 1952 and is the story of Simon Sparrow’s beginning at St Swithin’s hospital. This book was autobiographical and I believe parts of the others were also based on his own life. The earlier books are fine but the sexual innuendo increases dramatically as the characters age.

On my shelf (in no particular order) the following titles can be found:

Doctor in the House
Doctor and Son
Doctor in Love
Doctor at Large
Bedside Manners
Doctor in Clover
Doctor on the Boil
Doctor in the Nest

Bear in mind I’ve been reading Richard Gordon for a good deal of my life and there are 25 books listed on his Wikipedia entry. Also bear in mind a sale I made the other month to someone who was collecting Richard Gordon. The buyer was looking for several of his books and I ended up raiding my bookshelf to help them out. On the other hand since that sale I bought the last two books on the list with the intention of putting them up on the website for sale but somehow they found themselves onto my bookshelf. I’d like to know how that happens as one of them was actually in one of my boxes and still ended up on my shelf.

I hope you now understand why I’m not certain if I’m collecting them. I’d like to as he is a really good author but on the other hand (how many hands have I got here??) I have so many books on my bookshelf that many of them are double stacked making it that much harder to find specific titles. Please don’t suggest I buy more shelving as the only space for it is on the ceiling. One day I might measure my shelves and scare myself silly with the measurements – although that would make a good blog post. Hmmm, let me dwell on that idea for a while. While I’m dwelling on thoughts for other blog posts I’d really like your comments on this as to whether you think it’s a collection.

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Jody Lynn Nye

Posted on 6 July 2009. Filed under: Authors | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been avoiding getting swept up by the whole Twitter thing until today. I noticed it was Jody Lynn Nye’s birthday on the 5th July and decided she would be a really good person to write about. She’s been a co-author with a number of my favourite authors such as Anne McCaffrey and Robert Asprin as well as writing some Crossroads books. I know it doesn’t have much to do with Twitter, but I happened to come across her Twitter page and was promptly captivated into reading her latest Tweets. Fascinating stuff, well, some of it. She talks about EE ‘Doc’ Smith’s Lensman being made into a movie by JM Straczynski and Ron Howard in her latest which is problematic for me as I don’t actually like the Lensman series. But I scrolled further down and she talks about writing and baby raccoons amongst other stuff. I was fascinated by most of this and it’s making me seriously consider signing up for Twitter so I can follow her and also look up some of my favourite authors to see if I want to follow them as well.

Just so you think this is about Jody Lynn Nye and not about me Tweeting I’ll give you some more information and a link to her webpage. You need to click through and look at the Applied Mythology icon, it’s just gorgeous.

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