Monday’s Top 5

For as long as The Happy Logophile has existed, I’ve been wanting to write an article on the rise and rise of ebooks, and what I think it means for the future of publishing. Up to this point, I hadn’t managed to work my thoughts into any kind of sense. So I’m pleased to say that Katy, the Storytelling Nomad, has done the job for me with her post The Dangers of eBook World Domination. She’s done a great job of expressing everything I wanted to say, so now I don’t have to do it at all. Thanks, Katy!

Billie Jo Woods of Out of the Woods wrote an interesting piece about Embracing her Style. Along with her own opinions on this, Billie Jo references another post related to an interesting online tool, which you’ll find here. Simply cut and paste a piece of your writing, and the I Write Like analyzer will tell you which famous writer you write like. It’s a bit of fun if nothing else, and I’d love to hear who you write like. (Apparently my unedited work is like J.D. Salinger, and my completed fiction is like Isaac Asimov or Margaret Atwood.)

Max Barry has a great post about why male writers are often taken more seriously than female writers. (And why male characters are often taken more seriously than female characters.) It’s all because of Dogs and Smurfs.

The space shuttle era came to an end this week with the lift-off of Atlantis. I read quite a few accounts of this momentous occasion, and the emotions that it brought with it. I am a few years too young to have really been aware of the first space shuttle launch, but I’m pretty sure that I visited every space-related museum in the US as a kid, and I have my own feelings of nostalgia and sadness in relation to the event. Of the blogs I read, the person who captured those feelings with the most beauty and simplicity was Stephen A. Watkins of The Undiscovered Author with his post To Boldly Go…

The world has been abuzz this week with the name Casey Anthony. Even over here in Australia, her name and face have been plastered across every TV station and newspaper. The overall message seems to be that even though a jury found her “not guilty”, everyone knows that she really did it. The public backlash against Casey Anthony has been so extreme, the jurors in the case have been warned that they may be in danger. Amidst the flurry of mob-mentality hate-mongering, it was great to read the balanced viewpoint put forward in Defending Casey Anthony on Twinisms.

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  1. Thank you for the shout out Jo! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Thank you! I was worried when I wrote the post that I would have readers hitting “unsubscribe” before they finished the first sentence. To my surprise, people are more sane than the news makes them appear;)

    • Maybe you’ve only got the ‘cream of the crop’ reading your blog? 🙂 It was a fabulous perspective, and one sorely needed right now. Well done again. (You see, you *can* bring balance to the Force…)

  3. Thanks for the inclusion this week and for pointing out some fabulous posts that I missed reading.

  4. Thanks for the link, Jo. 🙂

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  6. A good collection of links, as usual. Especially the last one, since sanity on that topic is rare these days.

    I did the “who did you write like?” a while ago and got Stephen King, which is pretty go0d. I wrote about it here:
    http://u-town.com/collins/?p=869

  7. Interesting. I put a few paragraphs of a post from my blog and the analyzer said I write like Cory Doctorow.

    Then I put a scene from my novel in, and it said I write like Vladimir Nabokov. I put a few more scenes from the novel in, and each time: Vladimir Nabokov.

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