Thursday, January 10, 2013

Linkage

There's been a few blog posts/articles I wanted to link to.  Each of them has given me things to think about, and I like to think. 


First is a post at the Blood-Red Pencil where she speaks of the novice writer's tendency for repetition.  It's always good to be reminded of some of these craft issues. 

Next is Writer Unboxed where Juliet Marillier gives us nine gifts for the new year to help us be better writers.

Nancy Thompson posts about how we should all get along.  I totally agree.

Tyner Gillies posts about reaching out to touch someone.  With our stories of course.  His posts are always well written and thought provoking. 

Last but not least there is this article in the New York Times about bedbugs in libraries. I'm not going to lie to you, this one kinda freaked me out.  My book budget is not near big enough to support my book habit so I make good use of the libraries.  I check out ten books a week for my kids alone.  Since the libraries in middle Georgia are fairly small I also make good use of inter library loan, which means I often don't know where my book is coming from or how many libraries it's paused at on the trip here.  I may be overreacting but the book I picked up from ILL this week went in a Ziploc bag and into my freezer for a few days before reading. 

Hope you find something that  tickles your fancy.

31 comments:

  1. Ohhhh nooooo. Bedbugs and libraries??? The hotel ones freak me out enough. I can't click on that link. :-)

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  2. Thanks for the links, Sara. Who would have thought bed bugs could be so creative with their travel plans.

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    1. I hadn't even thought about it before. I think that made it even more terrifying.

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  3. True confessions: I didn't read the article on bedbugs but my first thought was, 'conspiracy to get people off paper books and more into ereaders.'

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    1. It's a possibility, but I think it's too easy to verify the libraries that have been closed for pest control.

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  4. Scary taking bed bugs home in books. We'll have to rename them book bugs. They'll change - evolution.

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    1. Book bugs. They don't sound quite as scary as bed bugs.

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  5. Great! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to check them out!

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  6. I think I might've seen a link to that article on bed bugs from Nathan Bransford's blog recently. It's scary, isn't it? I'll check out that post by Nancy later.

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  7. Uh-oh.
    Bedbugs in my beloved library?? *shudders*
    I just read Nancy's post... she nailed it!

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    1. It gives me the creepy crawlies.

      Yea, Nancy's post was pretty awesome.

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  8. Bedbugs?!? Yikes! I guess I'm glad I can't stand the air freshner my library insists on using. That's why the books reek of fake flowers and my asthma insists on going boinkers. Now I can list possible bedbugs as a reason for not using the library.

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    1. I think this is going to hurt libraries pretty bad. They may start going the way of book stores.

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  9. Thanks for the great links, Sara. Since I volunteer at my local library every Tuesday, I'm going to do some further investigation about the bedbug issue!! ^_^

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    1. Let us know if you find anything useful!

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  10. Great links. Thanks. Hmmm, maybe those bedbugs have simply been visiting their bookworm relatives?

    What part of middle Georgia? We're about 17 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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    1. We're in the Macon area. So a good hour and a half south.

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    2. Not all that far. We've been there a number of times at the invitation of the former sheriff and EMA director.

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  11. he he. You can do Cool Links Friday now. Your links are great.

    I love the library too. I'm trying to use it more now. Before, I loved buying books so I could reread them. But I don't have time to do that anymore.

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    1. I don't reread near as much as I used to either. I use the library generally because I've been burned too many times with ebooks. It's so easy to buy them and some of them are so inexpensive but then I read it and, meh. I wish I had my money back to buy books I know I love. So I use the library as a filter.

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  12. I'll bet that was a really COOL book :) I used to use my library, but now with my Kindle I can afford books and support writer friends. I read a lot, but not too fast, so it's not a budget buster for me.

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    1. Ebooks do make it so easy to buy them. I definitely spend more than I ought on them. But I read around 100 books a year (I used to read a lot more but now I have toddlers) so I go through a lot of books.

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  13. Bedbugs in books! *shudder* Yep, I'm going to be making a lot more use of my library's ebooks!

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  14. So what are you telling us? Bedbugs are literate now? ;-)

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    1. If they were would they stop eating us?

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  15. I saw that news item. Seems the library wasn't that concerned about the bugs. Apparently it's a normal occurrence. Yikes! Yuck, I'm with you, Sara. Bugs--no thanks.

    Thanks for links.

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    1. Really? Normal? Ewww. I'm terrified of the little critters.

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