Rethinking Books (I) – Book Love Good or Bad?

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As a writer, my whole job is centred around books. To make a good writer,we have to be a good reader too. Which comes very easily for most of us. We love words, so we read, and then we write, and read some more.

But today I had an epiphany, thanks to an online news article. Today, I began to rethink my love of books, and see them as – dare I suggest it – clutter! It’s a love that can go bad, just like any relationship, and one which is better off managed.

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Crime Book Club

Rebecca Bradley is running a Crime Book Club. You can signup for this by finding her on Google+ and asking to join. Also join the newsletter to get current information.  The book club meets the third Wednesday of the month (or Thursdays for my Aussie timings) on a Google hangout chat – which for those unable to attend, will also be streamed into YouTube.

Crime Book ClubThe Crime Book Club details can be found on Rebecca’s blog – post explaining it here, a Facebook Page, and via the #crimebookclub hashtag on Twitter.  September’s book club has us reading The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. October’s list of three books is now up ready for voting.

Note: the graphic used for this was created for my blog post. The Crime Book Club may well have a different blog badge with time.

#ROW80 Writer’s Emotional Thesaurus

I’m bogged down in self-editing this week. This is the first real opportunity for me to develop an editing process – as against a writing process, and it’s taking me a little time to come up with a schedule and pattern that works for me.

Additionally, I’m also confusing myself by looking into the many opportunities for publishing, trying to decide indie versus submitting to a local or international small press or self-publishing website, how on earth to afford a professional editor, blah blah blah.

But one of the things I got out of this – my editing, that is – is the fantastic reference tool that is –

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