Amazon (Photo credit: edgeplot)
I’ve been too busy with a family wedding and a staycation for a proper post. But since I’ve written previously about the Dorchester Publishing bankruptcy, I wanted to mention this news: Amazon Publishing buys 1000 titles from Dorchester.
The best news for the authors involved is that Amazon is going to pay the authors their back royalties. This is about the best case scenario for these authors. Amazon could probably have negotiated to avoid this if they wanted to (they were the only bidder).
I’m sure this will buy Amazon much goodwill. I’m curious to see if there’s any way that the anti-Amazon crowd can spin this into something negative. I don’t see how, but they can be quite creative.
Migraine (Photo credit: librarygrrrl)
In my previous post on managing my migraines I mentioned briefly about sleep and exercise, but didn’t go into a lot of detail. This past week I’ve had a reminder how important these are.
You see, we’ve been renovating our kitchen. This took three weeks start to finish. Most of the work was done by contractors, but I did what I could myself, including ripping out the old cabinets, and repainting the the walls and ceiling. I enjoy projects like this—it’s a nice break from sitting in front of the computer all day. And the final result is beautiful.
The problem is that this took away the time I would normally spend exercising. Continue reading
Mount Despair 7292 feet (2223 m) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Do you find those motivational posters annoying? Perhaps even nauseating? If so, here’s the perfect website for you: Despair.com
I particularly like their collection of Demotivator posters.
I’m tempted to order one, but I can’t make up my mind which one. Certainly there’s the one on Blogging. It’s so true. Or how about The Road Not Taken? Teamwork would be great for the office. On the other hand, Priorities might be good for a writer.
What do you think?
Or to be more accurate, our local “neighborhood” of the universe:
To put this in perspective, it shows the closest 400,000 galaxies to our own, out of an estimated 100 billion or more. Each containing as many as 100 billion stars. Is that not humbling and mind-boggling?
With thanks to the blog Worlds Without End where I found this.
Urrghh…. by Sarah G. Courtesy of Flickr.com
I’ve suffered from headaches since my preteen years. I learned about medication overuse headaches the hard way as a teenager. Back then there was nothing to take for headaches other than Aspirin or Tylenol.
Over the years the headaches became less frequent and less severe (not counting the self-induced ones, particularly during my university years), so I didn’t worry about them.
But as I moved into my 40s they got worse again. During the last couple of years they became a real disability, causing significant lost work time and productivity. Continue reading
In Profiling Your Characters, part 1 I briefly explained the Five-Factor Personality Model as described in the book “Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality” by Samuel Barondes. Now I want to show how it can be applied to characters in our stories.
Profiling a Personality
An informal assessment of someone’s personality (yourself or someone else) can be done simply by considering the traits listed in my previous post and rating each on a low-medium-high scale. But profiling tools provide a more accurate assessment by asking a series of questions that have been precisely worded, organized and statistically tested to avoid various forms of bias (e.g. some people tend to answer yes too easily, so essentially the same question is typically asked twice with the opposite sense to detect this). Continue reading