Sunday, October 8, 2017

Watt? Wattpad

IMAGE: By Wattpad Technology Inc. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A few years ago a student of mine introduced me to Wattpad, a reading/writing/share site. I joined but didn't do much with it. Now that I am working on my second fiction book, I thought, why not share the first one on Wattpad?

It helps to see that highly respected authors like Margaret Atwood are using Wattpad for that same purpose.

Also, this would be an easy way to share the first book with some of my students, so that they won't have to buy it. It's not that it's not worth buying; it's just not every person has the money to do so.

I am a little worried that I'll get those nasty troll comments that sometimes happen on some websites. We'll see what happens.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: Long After Midnight

Long After Midnight Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if you thought that everything you ever wanted could be found inside a blue bottle? What if your first few weeks on the job as a policeman found you questioning your profession, and by extension, society? What if a woman frozen in ice offered you the perfect life, absolute love and immunity from everything painful, but the requirement was to marry her, sight unseen? What if the scent of chocolate in a confessional box reignited the passion of a grumpy priest, to save someone's soul, and thereby save a little bit of his own?

You almost can't go wrong with a book or story by Bradbury. He is truly an artist with words and the imagination. There were multiple flavors in this collection: science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, horror (Yes. There is a horror story). Each story had a unique message for the reader and you always came away a bit more thoughtful or curious about the world we live in. I also rediscovered the joy of the short story format.

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