“Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts—only in the truth. You get the facts from outside. The truth you get from inside.” --Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Skip the Coffee Today, Go Straight to the Margaretta

John was having tea with his great-grand-mother.

“So tell me John,” she asked, “what is this course you’re taking?”

“Psychology, Granny,” replied John, “I’m a writer, and psychology is very useful for building strong characters.”

“Psycho what?” asked Granny.

Psychology. Psychologists try to understand men and women’s brain functions and also their behaviors, such as perception, attention, emotion, motivation, personality, and interpersonal relationships. They do this so that they can better understand how someone acts; why he says what he says; and why he does what he does.”

“Oh, I understand,” said Granny. “Why, when I was a young girl growing up, my parents called it common sense.”

On e-readers:

Authors Who Insist On ‘Traditional Publishing’ Risk Becoming Invisible

Every author who cares about their sales should pay very close attention to what’s happening to children’s eBook sales – and understand what this means for the future of all books.

According to Digital Book World’s latest report The ABCs of Kids and eBooks’, over half of all U.S. children aged two-to-thirteen are not only reading, but 85% of them are using eReaders, with tablets being the preferred choice.

This is more than double the number of U.S. adults e-reading, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

…If children are the future, then ebooks are the future of the publishing industry.”

P.S. I want a margaretta to drown my disappointment that good ole paper, smell good, feel good, snuggly books are being replaced with electronic versions. And speaking of margarettas, last week in San Diego celebrating my birthday, daughter and I had a Prickly Pear Margaretta with sugar on the rim--Yum!