So, apparently, there are still adults and school organizations out there who honestly believe that telling young readers what they can and cannot read is actually going to stop them from reading what they want.
I have been both a young reader and a parent, so I can tell you that, the second you tell a child or a young adult they can’t do something or can’t have something, they will find a way to do it or have it just because you forbid it. Just a strategic thought for those self-anointed school orgs to ponder: you might achieve better success at keeping students from reading the books you’ve ‘deemed’ unworthy if you simply don’t mention them, and hope that the students never hear about them by any other means. But, of course, we’re smack in the middle of the Information Age, so let me know how that turns out.
I’ve offered up this request more than once to any school board or organization that honestly believe they have been given the right to decide what others should and should not read: PLEASE put ALL of my published works on your list! Thanx in advance for all the extra attention and sales.
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Here is a selection of links about books: who writes them, where you can find them, and where you can put them after you buy them.
The Incredible Eccentricities of 20 Great Writers
We writers are not weird. We just have a different way of seeing things—and doing things—than everyone else.
Interesting. Two of the libraries on this list are in Austin Texas, one of the cities on my short list of places to relocate to.
Bookshops in Australia
I have no desire to move to Australia, but visiting to check out some of these places in person sounds like a good idea.
And, of course, if you’re going to add all these cool new books to your collection, you should have a cool place to host them. This week’s construction material is what also brings us the same material that brings us the books.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have this weird urge to go book shopping.
I decided it was time to begin working on a new story, so I picked one of my ideas-in-waiting, and dove in.
The original idea for this story is about four years old. I’d already written a few keystrokes over two thousand aimless words before I decided my premise, along with my Vision for the story, were not nearly as clear as I wanted them to be, so I put it aside.
And, sort of forgot about it.
Then, just recently, during one of my walks, I made a few stray and seemingly unrelated ramblings about a similar topic, then realized I just uncorked the perfect Vision for this story I was looking for.
And the clearer and more interesting premise came along for the ride.
I’ve been developing the story’s concept ever since.
I’m currently working on the character sketches. Main characters one and two are already on paper. Main characters three and four are still in my mind, and will soon be transferred to the minds of characters one and two.
Yep, this is the second time I’ve ‘officially’ finished this flash fiction tale. Simply put, I wasn’t as thrilled with the original version as I first was, so I did something about it.
|Charles had to learn how simple this really was: those who shotchange themselves usually get treated the same was in just about every aspect of life.
Stay tuned for updates when it finds a good home!
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