Social Media for Writers

I’ve found this excellent web page to help writers to make the most of social media networks to promote themselves and their work, looking at each of the big websites and how writers can use them to their advantage. You can have a read of it here: http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2014/01/22/making-the-most-of-social-networks-as-a-writer/

It doesn’t include ALL the  different social media websites, like Google+, in the main article but have a look in the comments where  Google+ is discussed and all the websites are compared.

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Happy Holidays!

christmas tree

christmas tree (Photo credit: fsse8info)

Yes I am aware it is Christmas Eve but since I don’t know how tomorrow will pan out (or even if I am going to be able to watch the Doctor Who Special as it is broadcast), I wanted to post now and say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and, to the How To train Your Dragon Fandom, Happy Snoggletog to everyone reading this, either by the blog, e-mail, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn or any other way you follow me.

This year has been an, interesting, one. I’ve graduated university, started volunteering at a local National Trust property, gained a puppy to look after, have a novel that still needs major rewriting and editing but in general is in good shape and have been overwhelmed admittedly by how quickly this blog has grown since I started it in May.

On the downside, I have had a bad knee injury and problems with job hunting which have mired the end of this year. Hopefully, things will improve in the new year… Well, I guess I can live in hope that things will improve.

I hope you and your families have a good Christmas and New Year and a great 2014.

Welcome To Night Vale by Commonplace Books

Okay, so I think I am becoming somewhat obsessed with this brilliant PodCast.

I am not one for listening to radio normally or radio dramas or anything like that if I am being totally honest but after seeing people posting about it on Tumblr , particularly from one of my real life friends, I thought I would at least give it ago. That, I think, might have been a mistake.

I am now in LOVE with Welcome To Night Vale. It’s weird, its bizarre, it’s creepy, the characters are fascinating and the stories are amazing. Cecil’s voice, oh Cecil’s wonderful voice! So smooth! And the Scientist Carlos, beautiful Carlos, beautiful, perfect hair Carlos… I am in love with these characters (and I am shipping them so hard!)

Prior to listening to episode 25, I didn’t realise just how much I had begun to invest in these characters and how fascinated I was with it but after listening to the episode, WOW! Just, WOW! The writing, the description, the acting… The only word I can offer is WOW! If anyone can help me deal with my feels, I would be very grateful to hear from them!

Now I know I am in love and obsessed with this series. I think it’s why I haven’t been posting on here and why I am distracted from the Autumn/Fall Writing Challenge I should be getting on with and the planning for NaNoWriMo next month.

I think I am just accepting that I am going to be joining the challenge next month. I must be a glutton for punishment as I have job hunting to do, possibly some voluntary work if I am needed by the National Trust plus other bits and bats to do in November as well. Oh God!

So, uh, if anyone can help with actually getting on with my writing instead of listening to the soothing voice of Cecil, his perfect relationship with beautiful Carlos and the weird and creepy events in that small town of Night Vale in a desert somewhere in America, I’d be grateful to hear from you!

 

Excerpt from Skulduggery Pleasant: The Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy

I will be reading and reviewing Landy’s latest book as soon as possible when it is released (Waterstones is offering a release date of 29th August, 2013) but in the meanwhile, Aiden Bracher on YouTube has recorded and posted a video of Derek Landy reading a chapter from The Last Stand of Dead Men.

No Skulduggery. No Valkyrie. Just Scapegrace and Thrasher and an old Chinese mentor. Prepare to laugh! I was crying with laughter watching it. Here’s the video:

Thank you to derek-landy (just a fan site) over on Tumblr (http://derek-landy.tumblr.com/) for posting the video on their account for us Minions to enjoy. Much appreciated!

EDIT 15/08/2013: Just to make sure everyone who visits this post is aware, I have posted another video of Derek Landy reading the first chapter of the next book here.

Book Review: Texts from Dog by October Jones

Since I have just reviewed 364 Days of Tedium, the Santa comic, I thought I would review this book which is in a similar vein and would possibly go together with the Santa book as a gift for someone.

Texts From Dog is similar to the Santa book in that it is an adult comic though it can be read by teens and even some of the texts and jokes could actually be shown to children. Having started a blog on Tumblr (and continuing on today), October Jones’s dog has a mobile phones, he is not afraid to use it and often texts his owner to reveal what he is up to, whether it is running around as BatDog and trying to defeat his nemesis CatCat (basically a cat but evil) or refusing to take a bath to protect the Fleatles. He also texts his owner with typical dog behaviour, like hearing his owner opening a bag of crisp and saying he is going to find him just to stare at him.

Unlike the Santa comic, there is no toilet humour but there are texts with sexual themes and some expletives but mostly, it is a laugh out loud look at what dogs would probably text their human owners, you know, if they ever did develop the ability to text. This book is much easier to read on the Kindle, unlike the Santa comic, mostly because the texts are shown as being on a touch smart phone screen and the only drawn pictures are those which would normally fill a page in a physical book, large and yet simplistic. Admittedly, I like this book far better than the Santa one, mostly due to the lack of toilet humour and I think the jokes are funnier and it is a better premise.  It’s audience is men and women, twelve years and above and the humour is more far ranging so giving it a larger appeal.

I have sat reading this book on the bus before and had to quickly stop as I found myself constantly bursting into giggles and having to hold down great big belly laughs at the jokes. I therefore don’t recommend reading this book in a public place, unless you don’t mind getting stared at for laughing out loud too much!

In saying that, I would recommend this book more than the Santa one due to it’s humour, the pictures and mostly because it is very much a laugh out loud, extremely enjoyable book.