Wednesday, January 28, 2009

(Don't) Keep It To Yourself

Yay, it's Wednesday! My week is flying by in a good way, hope week is as well.

Some things you keep to yourself:

Revealing book spoilers. Yesterday's One Campus, One Book discussion with Hector Tobar on his novel, The Tattooed Soldier. First question, this poor star-child of God probably who had probably never been to a book reading before proceeds to give away the ending. Not cool for those who were just pages away from finishing the book (like me!) What's a reader to do? How does a teacher teach how to ask better questions? One bookclub shares etiquette for discussing endings and plot points.

Complaining about your day job. In this economy, and with jobs disappearing, it's a Manager's Market. This is not the time to be a "regular" or a "clock watcher" -- it's a time to SHINE and go beyond expectations on the job. The Onion shares a bit of sarcasm: Incompetent Staff Feels Underappreciated. It's funny, I think. Maybe because I don't consider myself a "regular" or "clock watcher."

Things to share:

How President and Michelle Obama are making it cool to be smart. NPR shares Obama's Impact on Black Achievement. They're also making it cool for black-on-black love again. MSNBC on the Obama Marriage.

New book alert! Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo. I've been hearing lots of buzz on this novel. It flips the African holocaust and slave trade, and addresses the premise -- what if Aphrikans enslaved the people of Europa and shipped them off to Amerika. This is definitely going on my list.

You're a writer with low-to-no funds? Paperback Writer shares publishers who take query online from unagented authors.

OK. That's all. Happy day!

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