Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mars - my current favorite planet

Mars on a Shoestring?

And the Chinese are sending a probe to Mars.

On the Awesome Lavratt front: Just found out my trade edition from createspace is spineless! Or rather, it has nothing printed on the spine. Ahhh, the joys of publication.

The Word by Word radio interview went well on Wednesday night. Aside from a couple of bonehead slips, I sounded reasonably intelligent. I'll be posting it on my site eventually. Or at least excerpts.

I attended the monthly meeting of Redwood Writers today and I think we must have had 60 people in that room. We had to keep fetching more chairs. If you're a Sonoma County writer or want to be a writer and live in the county, this is a hoppin' club and the best place to start.

Also, I want to plug LinkedIn again. There are groups there for everything. There's at least one sf group. Lots of writers groups. You can visit my page to see links to all the groups I've found helpful so far.

My favorite word this week was abyss. Perhaps if we intentionally come up with favorite words and intentionally use them to death for a while, we won't be doing it on accident? Worth a try. Anyone who has ever had to edit their own or someone else's writing, knows what I mean.

And we all have favorite words we pepper our speech with.


L.C.McCabe said...


I am sorry to hear about the trade version being without any writing on the spine. That is awful.

I am of the opinion that spines are more important than covers. I may be one of the few people that think that way, but it comes from my days of working as a bookseller. I just find it umm, er, INCONCEIVABLE that any printer would deliberately leave printing off a spine.

If it is any consolation to you, Karen Batchelor's book Murder at Ocean View College is the same way.


Ann Wilkes said...

So, here's the trade-off. Create Space is owned by Amazon so that gives me more exposure. But, apparently, they don't print on spines of books that are under 130 pages. They also don't provide an author backdoor for reselling on their own.

Lulu, on the other hand increased the font size on the back cover and now there's no barcode. We're going to see about getting that fixed, though.

Ahh, the joys of the world of publishing...