Technology: an art-forms killer?

Technology, aint it grand! When it comes to todays tech stuff, I’m seven scats behind. I’m not one to purchase every new gadget that marketing and advertising tell me I absolutely need and if I don’t purchase it along with a million others I won’t survive etc. I have what I need and I’m happy with that, I personally feel a lot of these must have life improving gadgets are rather superfluous. I can to some extent see the appeal with some products, however I feel that iphones and other things are geared for people that need to be constantly entertained 24 hours a day, and this to me is quite sad.

However, I digress and shall return to my original point. With the rise of all this technology I feel like art-forms are being forsaken. The many e-books/ e-readers available are where my issues lay. Yes, ooo lovely don’t they look flash, and oh wow! they light up and I must have it cos the t.v said so etc etc but at the end of the day you are reading your favourite book from a screen this makes me feel disconnected from an authors work. I don’t find it very comfy reading a book off a screen, don’t get me wrong I read a lot of stuff on screens, blogs mostly but not for one second could I read an 800 page novel on a screen.

Reading is a thing of great comfort and whether it be sprawled out on your sofa, or tucked up in bed with your new book its such a heavenly thing but with a screen, it loses that cozy feel. Yes again I can see the appeal with e-readers they are great for people on the go and its a fantastic demographic for many self published indie authors and great for readers to discover new works. But I can’t help but feel the pure art of a real physical book is being forsaken for a lit screen. Books are very important to me, I love the look of them old and new, the feel of the cover and pages, and of course the cover art; the smell of books is amazing, not to mention when the book is being read whole worlds are laid out for you. in a lot of ways e-readers disconnect us from the beautiful art of books.
To me books are art in its purest form and its something I feel very strongly about. You can’t beat a good physical copy of a book, not only does it look great on your bookshelf but it will last years whereas if anything goes wrong with your e-reader or if you drop it, you have just lost a lot of money and I may be mistaken (I don’t own an e-reader) but you may lose all of your downloaded books.
Stating the obvious a good old fashioned hardback, won’t shatter into a million pieces; so you can save yourself a few bob.

So will it be that technology finally makes such a magnificent art-form extinct? Hopefully not, and as long as we can support our amazing independent book shops and also libraries, then art in its purest form will always have a place on our book shelves and not on a screen.

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Rituals of a writer

Writers are funny creatures really; I mean this in the kindest sense (of course), we are creatures of habit. This is something I have recently discovered for myself (being an aspiring writer). What do I mean by writers rituals and habits?
A lot writers I know personally, and have read about all have certain things they do when writing their next bestseller. This maybe something as simple as having your desk in front of a window; so when inspiration blocks, you can gaze at the tranquil scenery (or a brick wall). It is also things like listening to a certain genre of music, or having complete silence. One writer I know said, that he would prefer to write in the depths of the Alaska. Others have all types of things going on I.e music and television simultaneously. Stephen King (you all have heard of him right?) Writes about habits/rituals I believe in ‘Misery’ where the main character has an old beaten up satchel in which he carries his finished manuscript, and again in ‘Bag Of Bones’ where at the end of each completed novel the main character and his wife dine on oranges, and drink champagne. It is a subject that fascinates me. Although I have to be honest I have not yet come across some really weird ones like a quick rain dance before writing. Its usually things that writers believe will bring them luck and or success; this could be something like using the same pen you wrote your first novel with or having the novel that influenced you most next to you on the desk. I think you get the idea.
My writing habits are pretty normal (no I do not write in a clown costume, sorry) I usually have a coffee at hand, some music (mostly prog and various types of metal and possibly some other genres and sometimes when I’m struggling with an idea or plot fluency, I may have a cigarette (I do not condone or suggest that you do this, smoking is bad m’kay!) And when I’m really struggling with an idea etc I will take my canine friend for a walk, sometimes I may even talk to the dog about character motivation hoping that he will say “why would an android do that? you silly human!” Alas he does not but just by voicing it out loud you may procure the answer yourself. I digress however, I would love to hear some really odd habits that writers have (nothing unpleasant though like listening to that Bieber chap.) So if you, or anyone else you know that writes; has peculiar writing rituals/habits or even celebrations, do let me know, I would love to hear some.
Till next time insomniacs!

(P.S) one other thing I have noticed is that most writers are very animal orientated. Cats seem to be the species of choice

Time Team, a legacy of wonder

So after 20 years of being on the air, Channel 4’s cancellation of the best archaeological television show; Time Team is beyond baffling, and really rather sad.
In my opinion this revelation heralds bleaker times for factual historical programmes on British television.

The Sunday Tea time slot on Channel 4 (that’s evening meal if you are American) was a perfect time for the archaeology show. We all tuned in to see Tony Robinsons fantastic presenting, and the rest of the teams terrible jumpers (yes, I’m referring to Mick Aston’s multi coloured knitted number). Most of all the fantastic discoveries the hard working team made, and seeing their utter delight at finding a piece of Norman pot. It all made you feel like you were a Time Team member; when little was found you could feel their disappointment and hoped they would find Saxon gold or something.

20 years is a long time for a show to run, especially these days; most shows don’t run past season. So you could say “well to be fair Romeo, they have been going for a while etc” to this I would say yes you are right, they have been going a good while but they have broke boundaries in the name of history, they have changed perceptions, they have made us all wonder what lies beneath our feet. I know there are a few specials planned for 2014 BUT ITS NOT THE SAME!!!! And I know that we can watch the repeats and on 4od or whatever its called but to this I refer you to my former statement.
So join me in raising a glass of mead, to a wonderful British institution that in the hearts of its loyal fans will never die!

(Also a worthy mention to Phil Hardings Hat that I believe has not left his head for 20 years, God bless him)

The Indie Writers Show

Calling all Writers! The brilliant Stephen Gordon has just started, The Indie Writers Show. Each episode deals with getting the most out of being an indie writer in todays publishing mindfields.
Its frank and honest and very useful advice to those who want to write Stephen will correct me if iam wrong but I think there will be a new video every two weeks. Episode one deals with What is A Indie Writer to being able to run it as a business etc.
The link to episode one is here

Also sign up to Stephen’s mailing list to get great stories and also his top 5 Geekertainments which is always a great read

Stephens site is
http://www.stephengordon.org/

Till next time insomniacs

An Ode to Edgar

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So this post will serve as a brief glimpse of what is to come. Ssshhh you! I can see you groaning in the back row!
So for Christmas I received this marvellous book from my amazing wife. Being familiar with a few of Poes poems and even fewer short stories, I couldn’t wait to delve deeper into his wonderful use of the written word. I can assure you, I was not at all disappointed.
Firstly the amazing leather bound cover is rather striking and looks amazing on ones book shelf, then upon opening the book you are immediately drawn in to Poes world. His poems fill the first part of this collection, with the amazing “Tamerlane” a poem that calls to be re-read many times “I reach’d my home – my home no more – For all had flown who made it so.” Such lament can be felt throughout a lot of Poes works but the melancholic aspects of his poetry (and short stories) will strike such a chord within ones soul.
Of all his poetry It would be unfair to choose a favourite as they are all magnificent in their own way. Before reading this collection my favourite Poe poem was “The Raven” but that has since changed, although it will always have a special place in my heart. The second and third half of this wonderful book has all of his short stories plus his only novel “The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket” (which I may add, I have not yet read; yet.) His short stories are so compelling to read, just last night I finished “The Gold Bug” a marvellous tale of buried treasure and just had to read “The Black Cat” next even though I was planning to get some sleep (which is rare).
Although “The Black Cat” deals with some rather unpleasant animal cruelty, the ending is rather rewarding. I have to mention the character of C. Auguste Dupin the character seen in a few of Poes short stories “Murders In The Rue Morgue”, “The Purloined Letter” among others.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stradovarius playing sleuth ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is a slightly diluted version of Dupin (plus a scientist iam told).
Poe was/is seen as one of the masters of mystery genre with this statement I highly agree, also he is noted for writing (possibly) the first science fiction story “The Unparalleled Adventure Of One Hans Pfaall” which just makes Poe an even cooler writer, in my opinion. Edgar Allan Poe a true rockstar of American Literature died in 1849 of mysterious circumstances I believe but his wonderful works will forever live on. I advise anyone who has the slightest interest in reading to pick up this collection, or any collection of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. You will not regret it I assure you.

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