2 August 2008

Catch of the week

Quote of the day:
The more things change, the more they remain... insane.
- Michael Fry and T. Lewis
1013735_curves_lines__3d__4This week has been a little insane, to say the least. In between the writing and the working I also wrote an exam on Monday (which I passed, thankfully) and had to prepare for the conference I will be attending from tomorrow.

I haven’t had much time to browse the internet this week, and thus didn’t have much time to discover new sites. I have also decided that writers have to take a break every now and again, and do other stuff, so this week’s Catch of the Week will not focus on writing-related sites. Well, not much anyway.

That said, Will Write for Chocolate is one of my favourite comic strips to read. Created by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, the characters and situations are familiar to anyone who does any kind of writing.

I have linked to Good Reads a couple of times in other blog posts, but it is such a great site, that I feel it warrants a mention again. It is a great tool for keeping track of the books one wants to read, have read and so forth. It is also a great way for authors to promote themselves, and for unpublished writers to get their writings read by people other than other writers. You can then make use of the widgets to share your reading habits on your blog (or Facebook, etc), like this:

 

I am completely addicted to music, and find it hard to write, breathe or sleep without music. What Good Reads is for books, Last.fm is for music. Compatible with most music players, a small plug-in collects your listening habits, and then builds personalised charts. It also recommends music based on your listening habits and connects you with other users with similar taste in music. You can then make use of the widgets to share your musical taste on your blog (or Facebook, or Beebo, or wherever you want), like this:

 

Lastly, I would like to leave you with this story that caught my eye of 12 year old Victoria who has already written (and published) 8 books. It also reminded me of this story of Millar Kaufman who, at 90 published his first book. It just goes to show, it is never too late or too early for any of us to start.

This will be my last blog post until Thursday (7 August 2008), when I should return refreshed and inspired to start the final edits on The Novel before I start querying agents. Until then, keep reading and keep writing.

 

Now Playing: Sara Bareilles - Fairytale

3 comments:

Emm said...

Um, have you not read And The Ass Saw The Angel??????????????????????????? Wait, where is my incredulous icon... It's brilliant V... You have to read it. It is similar to Perfume by Patrick Suskind but equally unique.
I might have to find it and post it to you. Damn, I actually saw it at a second-hand bookshop the other day.

Vanessa said...

@emm: Ihave read it, once, long ago. But I don't own it, which is why it is on my to-read shelf :)

Emm said...

Oh, okay...
*sigh of relief*

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