Brave New (E) World
A little over a week ago, Marielena wrote about the challenges facing today’s writer – that of keeping pace with the changes taking place in the publishing world. It is, as a well-known writer so aptly described another time of change: “the best of times, the worst of times”. Indeed, like the time portrayed in that book, a revolution is occurring and it is involving people who, a short time ago, did not imagine that they would be swept up in its swirling currents.
I was a bit late in joining the revolution, but am now committed to the cause. As recently as a year ago, I had never read an entire book on an electronic device. That changed one afternoon when a dear friend gave me a kindle. He, being a real techie and knowing that I am not, handed it to me with a sly smile. I thanked him, looked at the thin rectangle, and was not particularly impressed. It seemed rather anemic compared to the heft of a real book. However, not having spent the past few years under a rock, I understood that I needed to get to know this little gadget. With my friend looking on, I opened the cover – and had no clue what to do next. He showed me the switch and spent about five minutes demonstrating how to operate it. It was easier than I had expected. After playing with it a few minutes, I downloaded a book, thinking this is fun, but doubting that it would ever come close to the pleasure of holding a book in my hand and turning pages as a story unfolded. I was wrong. I discovered that, once I’m immersed in a story, I’m not aware of how that story is delivered to me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a complete convert. Given a choice, I still opt for a print book – probably, at least in part, because that’s how I learned to read. So – book or electronic device? For me, it’s not an either/or question. I love both them both.
Once I was an e-reader, it didn’t take long to decide to become an e-published writer. The learning curve here was a bit longer. I struggled to master the formatting. (It’s clear to me that the brains of writers who compose instructions work differently from those of fiction writers.) As I said, it was a struggle; it still is sometimes, but I don’t intend to give up. I firmly believe in the survival of the persistent and have managed to produce offspring to attest to that belief.
The life of a disillusioned peace activist takes on new meaning when she takes a day off to visit a small town Folk Festival – all because she can’t ignore a creature in distress. Finding Peace is my firstborn; it was originally written as a prologue to the novel, Love and Not Destroy. This story is free on smashwords (downloadable to any computer). http://bit.ly/ozDnRW
A baby is found in a basket during a museum’s annual Folk Fest. Twenty-two years later, a homeless man is murdered in exactly the same spot. The foundling, now an adult working at the museum, can’t believe it’s a coincidence and thus begins a search for identity that explores the nature of family, of loyalty and responsibility. http://amzn.to/wxIV81
Does familial love bind us or set us free? Or both? This trio of short stories explores those questions. In A Perfect Wedding, a mother longs to pass on the traditions that have made her happy to a daughter who is determined to forge her own traditions. In Generation Unto Generation, a young woman comes to terms with the loss of a beloved family member. In Next Time – The First Time, a free spirit finds himself in a trap from which there is no escape. http://amzn.to/z5Dko7
What happens after “I do”? Does “happily ever after” mean “always and forever”? In Beyond the Fairy Light, a child looks to magic to heal her troubled family. In All is Calm, a young woman longs for a harmonious celebration in a family made up of proud Irish rebels and Jews savvy enough to get out of Babi Yar before the arrival of the infamous killing squads. Best Laid Plans starts out simple, but is anything simple in a marriage? This collection is free through Friday. http://amzn.to/HYZREn
My e-babies are only part of the Birth of a Novel family. They have a cousin, the child of my blogging sister, Sharen.
Events that occur throughout the years during the month of September connect the interwoven destinies of two women, born a generation apart on different continents. Amanda and Rani both grow up in South Australia, but never meet until their paths finally intersect in New York where they are caught up in the September tragedy that will change the world. http://amzn.to/HOsBN2
Sharen, Gretchen, Marielena and I are all proud of our little family and expect to announce an addition soon, one we’re quite excited about. We’ll let you know more as our due date approaches