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Recommended Read: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson Notes: Since I first heard of him, a few years ago now, Peterson has since become something of an internet and media sensation. So any encounter with this book is bound to be coloured by what preconceptions the reader has of him from what they’ve seen and read about him in the media or what his now legions of followers say about him. Both of which often distort what he says more than clarify it. As I said, I came across some of his video lectures and interviews…

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Sometimes, the Story Is You…

Where those story ideas come from: I have this very handy app on my phone called MightyText. You put it on your phone, link it to your computer, and you can answer texts directly from your laptop without having to pick up your phone which of course also displays the messages. Texts people send you show up on your computer screen and you can read scan them while you are doing what are (usually) more important tasks or answer them right away. Source: Sometimes, the Story Is You…

Earth and other unlikely worlds: What Is The Clarke Award For?

Paul McAuley writes: It seems quite simple. It is, according to its simple self-description, an award for ‘the best science fiction novel published in Britain in the given year’. A measure and celebration of achievement in science-fiction writing that isn't limited to novels published within the science-fiction genre. But what is meant by 'best'? and what is meant by 'science fiction'? Source: Earth and other unlikely worlds: What Is The Clarke Award For?

GoodReads really wants authors to spend money

  GoodReads really wants to start making money. The social book discovery network has unveiled a copious amount of new initiatives in the last year to make this happen. They are charging money to authors and publishers to  orchestrate Kindle Giveaways, promote books on the site with Sponsored Books and now GoodReads wants to send an email directly to your inbox and tell you what books you should buy. (via Goodereader) Source: GoodReads really wants authors to spend money

Make ‘Em Laugh? Pretty Much Only If You’re A Member Of The Species ‘Homo Sapiens.’ | Big Think

Cartoonist Robert Mankoff, also Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker, explains laughter: Humor — more specifically, humor done standing up in front of an audience — is something that humans can claim all to their own. Source: Make ‘Em Laugh? Pretty Much Only If You’re A Member Of The Species ‘Homo Sapiens.’ | Big Think

It’s Time to Ditch Discoverability |

James Scott Bell on getting the elusive attention of readers: Ever since the self-publishing boom took off, authors and industry types have bemoaned the “discoverability problem.” How can a new author, especially a self-publishing one, possibly get discovered in the tsunami of content flooding the market? Source: It’s Time to Ditch Discoverability |

Author Chat – Michael Brookes – Kath Middleton – Books

Hi Michael. You have a new book out – The Church of Virtual Saints. You seem to be drawn to religious and metaphysical subjects. What are your inspirations? I’m drawn by the great mysteries in life – why do we exist? How did we come to be? What makes us who we are? Such questions have no simple answers, but the journey in exploring them is never wasted. By nature I appreciate the process of science in exploring how things are, although it is a little lacking in the why. Although I’m not a religious person I do have a…

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