This and That on July 17
- Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Vanilla Heart authors’ chat on Facebook yesterday. I think I’m getting too old to keep up with the fast pace of busy FB or Twitter threads. Needless to say, I have no clue how to make texting work on my cell phone.
- On a somber note, as of the moment, it appears that the Malaysian Airlines plane that crashed in the Ukraine today might have been brought down by a missile. Both sides in the civil war claim they’re not at fault. Meanwhile, 295 lives have been lost and many more have been impacted by the loss of friends and family members. If, in fact, a missile brought down this plane, it was a cowardly act. Some say the shooters thought the plane was a Ukrainian military aircraft. That’s inept and illogical thinking. Any aircraft at that altitude, position and speed would be inside Russian airspace within minutes: hardly a destination for the a Ukrainian military plane.
- A book reviewer and an author in a Facebook thread today discussed whether or not a reviewer should mention the name of a publisher in a review and further whether the reviewer should remove the publisher’s name if the author of the book asks for it to be removed. The author (not the same one who wrote the book) said the publisher’s name shouldn’t have been included and that it certainly should have been removed at the author’s request. I see that as absurd. It’s standard practice to include publishing data and certainly unethical to change a review in any way at the author’s request. (The book’s author wanted the publisher’s name removed because she didn’t want everyone to know the book was self-published.)
- Now that the cover art for my novel The Sun Singer is complete, the type is being added to it. With luck, maybe the book will be released in August. If so, that will make up for Georgia’s hot weather.
- I’m pleased to see that my old friend Diana Gabaldon’s latest book in the Outlander series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood got a great review at AudioFile Magazine. It’s nice to have a narrator who brings a book alive for the ear. Now, if only the film version of Outlander, the first book in the series, weren’t on a premium channel (Starz). It debuts in August, I believe.
Those are my thoughts for today. What’s on your mind?