High-speed tour

As usual, I am on a very short time window, having been out for most of the day. I’ll post very briefly to some postings on the blogs that I’ve found interesting (if you want more, go to Books, Inq. where there are loads, every day!).

Philobiblon ticks off the Med’s ancient sites. Natalie has italicised the ones she has seen, which is an impressive number, but as she says, it is an idiosyncratic list.

Splinters says Spike Magazine is 10 years old. Whether or not you’ve ever read or even heard of Spike magazine, it is a readable and intimate post reflecting on setting up this (strictly amateur) publication and the intervening 10 years.

Crimefic reader at It’s a crime has found a newspaper article on the top twenty nouns used in the English language. Read her succinct analysis. I’m too time-strapped to write about it here 😉

In a post called Storm Warnings, the inventive Paperback Writer identifies ten signs that your personal problems are taking over your novel. "1. Anyone in the novel who lies to, cheats on, divorces, or is prettier/skinnier/more popular than your protagonist dies a horrific and pointless death." Read on at PBW’s blog.

On the Rap Sheet, Linda Richards’ post Real life is messy dissects the very true (in my experience) observation that people who like crime fiction don’t read "true crime" and vice versa. (She also links to some apparently good "true crime" sites, but I’m not looking.)

Publishers Weekly daily news reports on some new, updated e-book standards. PW has also just "updated" its own "privacy policy", so in case you can’t go to the link, the drift is that there are no industry standards, so you can’t read a Palm e-book on a Microsoft reader, and so on. So not one, but two working groups have been set up to establish specifications. This is where the big money is going to be in book publishing, many predict, so let’s hope for their sakes that they don’t take too long over it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s a killer year says Sarah Weinman on Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind. An "official" (?) website for "mystery, suspense and thriller authors whose work debuts in 2007 – has launched, complete with a member list, faq and of course, a blog." See more at Sarah’s post, including a link to the site.

If you have the sort of blog where you can play around with the html and hence customise the heading of your blog, Weblog wannabe links to a site of free web page headers. Mind you, the comments are what I’d call weird.

Annie Mole shows a bizarre picture of a Batty tube map — a London underground map where all the stations have the word "bat" in them– as designed by a team of international architects. The world is getting weirder by the paragraph.

Old Words: the Lady in the Van. At The Penny, London you can read a retrospective of this famous piece (later collected into a book) by Alan Bennett. Gloucester Crescent has certainly come up in the world since those days.

That’s enough links, ed. As I mentioned at the start of this post, Books Inq. is always worth a visit for all things literary, including a wide range of poems.

4 thoughts on “High-speed tour

  1. LOL, you are too time strapped to write, right now…
    Thanks so much for the link.
    20 words – hell, I’ll do my own.
    “Get reading – all you out there.”
    Dip into a book and make it worth your worthwhile.

  2. I found the “Lady in the Van” article interesting, Maxine. Tell me, is this vignette fact or fiction?

  3. Thank you everyone for the comments, very kind of you.
    The Bennett piece is true, Susan, if you can find the original it is lovely, as with most of Bennett’s acerbic yet human observations. He has also done the most wonderful recording of Winnie the Pooh, his reading whereof (thereof?) was a West End hit for many years and is/was available on audio.
    Crimefic reader, great that you have visited, I love your blog.

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