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#WDYTWed: required reading

January 15, 2020

#WDYTWed: required reading

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…although I missed some recently due (at least in part) to the holidays

Yesterday, a number of classic book titles were trending on Twitter, and I was curious to see why. Well, apparently, it was people objecting to having to read the books as required reading in school.

As regular readers know, I’m not a big fan of required reading. I totally understand the idea of analyzing a book, and of course, it’s only really possible to do that in a school situation if the teacher is familiar with the book…and makes the most sense if you are doing it in a group. That not only allows a clearcut curriculum, but it helps for students to hear other students’ opinions.

On the other hand, I greatly prefer (and preferred) to make my own reading choices. While I can’t help but analyze everything I read, I don’t want to approach a book as an assignment.

Let’s start with some (there are many others) commonly assigned books to get you thinking about it:

Now, how do you feel about having had assigned reading?


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.

:)

Shop ’til you help!

:)

 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: Amazon’s 3 pillars

December 18, 2019

#WDYTWed: Amazon’s 3 pillars

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…

Today, I wanted to check something with you which Amazon has done that I really admire. They have three pillars: Selection, Service, Price (I’m summarizing these myself, that might not be their exact words). I loved when Jeff Bezos was asked if they had to do things differently in, say, China (this is from my memory). His response was that logistics might be different (more bicycle deliveries, perhaps), but that the three pillars were consistent. Nowhere in the world do people say, “I wish you had fewer choices, it took longer to me, and it cost more.” 😉


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.

:)

Shop ’til you help!

:)

 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: author interactions

December 11, 2019

#WDYTWed: author interactions

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday, although I missed a couple recently. Good reason, though: a happy family event…

I read a lot of posts from the “writing community” on Twitter. I’m always surprised at how much shared language and how many shared concepts there are. There can be very shorthand references to tropes and terminology, and most people seem to know them. Perhaps that’s through higher education, with people taking similar courses? Maybe that’s from popular “how to” books? Not sure…

Anyway…

One thing that comes up for me is the amount of social interaction encouraged between authors and readers.

No question, when I have had some interactions with authors (as a reader), it’s had a significant impact on me.

So, for today’s poll, what kind of interactions have you had?


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.

:)

Shop ’til you help!

:)

 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: post-mortem continuations

November 27, 2019

#WDYTWed: post mortem continuations

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday, although I missed a couple recently. Good reason, though: a happy family event…

I’m really curious about your reaction to today’s question!

It ties into a lot of things in society, and in the visual arts, as well as the literary ones.

When a creator (an author, for purposes of this poll) dies, what, if anything, should be done to continue the worlds they’ve created?

It’s pretty common in the literary world. Many more James Bond books have been published since Ian Fleming’s death than the original author wrote. Dune, MIddle-Earth, Sherlock Holmes…sequels to Gone with the Wind, War of the Worlds: while certainly, some readers don’t like the idea, they appear to be in the minority and the books can do very well financially and be popular.

The only series I regularly re-read is the Oz books. I read an e-book version before falling asleep in bed: a few “pages” a night. That’s only the “Famous 14” by the original author, L. Frank Baum. However, I have other books in the series by other authors.

I particularly enjoy the ones by Ruth Plumly Thompson (at AmazonSmile*), the first author to wear the post-mortem mantle. Thompson’s Oz books shifted in a lighter direction, with more puns and less slavery and torture (both of which are prominent in Baum’s works).

I’ve also liked some of The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage (at AmazonSmile*). There is a significant difference to those, since they are being published under the “house name” of Kenneth Robeson, rather than the names of the new authors. That’s not hidden at all, and it’s the way the books by primary original author Lester Dent were also published.

Clearly, I’m comfortable with post-mortem continuations.

However…

There is something on the horizon.

It’s starting to happen in movies and TV.

Continuation via AI…artificial intelligence.

“James Dean” will appear in a Vietnam War movie.

“Carrie Fisher” has appeared in movies after dying.

“Peter Cushing” was also in one of the recent Star Wars movies.

That’s not entirely AI, not out of whole cloth…er, bytes. Humans are involved in the creative aspects, and for Fisher and Cushing, actors will also involved.

There has been a lot of pushback online on the James Dean story (Dean would be computer generated).

My response to it is a bit different. The family reportedly approves of DigiDean.

If the family approves of it, why should fans have precedence? Oh, I think we should have a voice, certainly, and we will at the box office (or by whether or not we stream it), but my guess is that Dean would appreciate that the family is still being supported. Well, maybe not James Dean, necessarily, but there are a lot of other actors who would.

Digital author recreations are inevitable. After Stephen King is unable to write works, let’s say it’s at least ten years in the future, there will be software which will analyze all of King’s works and be able to produce something which, at least on the surface, reads like it was written by King. That can be done now, but it will get to be much better. More data helps in a situation like that, and that’s one reason I picked King (along with the popularity). It would be harder to credibly emulate someone who only wrote one short story.

I would think it will be very difficult (but not impossible) for AI to innovate as humans do. DigiKing won’t be likely to surprise with a complete left turn and, say, write a Stephen King regency romance. Writing new contemporary horror with convincing suburbanites encountering something outré? Yes, I think that will happen.

That’s the set up: let’s do the poll.


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.

:)

Shop ’til you help!

:)

 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: books from your childhood

November 20, 2019

#WDYTWed: books from your childhood

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday, although I missed a couple recently. Good reason, though: a happy family event…

Just one today, and something on my mind:


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Bufo’s Alexa Skills

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.

:)

Shop ’til you help!

:)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: “paranormal” non-fiction

October 30, 2019

#WDYTWed: “paranormal” non-fiction

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…

Before I start: so nice to have our power & internet back! It could go out again, but my best guess is that we are probably okay for a week or so. Many people had it worse than us, including people I know well (and certainly, there are people still affected). We’ve smelled smoke from the fires and we have our go bags ready (many Californians have them all the time…we used to think of them for earthquakes, but fires are more likely). Best wishes for everybody affected!

Okay…

Given that this is the day before Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve Eve?), I thought I’d go with something that was popular when I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore (including big bestsellers).

However, while people have a hard time defining what science fiction is, people have a hard time even settling on a term for this topic…and it can be very emotionally charged as to what to call it and what to include.

Broadly, it’s reputed non-fiction about things which “mainstream science” (if there is such a thing) considers to be…highly improbable (real science, while there are agreed upon highly likelihoods, is willing to challenge any existing assumptions through rigorous testing).

In many stores, it might have been labeled Paranormal or Occult or New Age. In some, perhaps, Forteana (named after author Charles Fort). Well, “paranormal” now often means fiction, “New Age” became about music and movies (among other things). I don’t see the “occult” term much any more. Oh, and some stores would put it under Spirituality or even Religion.

It’s a very broad category! There are books about UFOs, for example, which could easily go into science: hard speculation with testable theories based on mainstream science. On the other hand, there are books about UFOs which do have a religious orientation.

I used to be very cautious about including those topics in this blog, but this seems like a good time. 🙂 I’m not an advocate or a skeptic, but I used to really be focused on this. I appeared on radio and TV, wrote about it, had a very brief column in a national newsstand magazine. I was the Education Director for a 501(c)3 non-profit that dealt with these topics.

Recently, in the extensive writing community on Twitter, someone asked for areas of expertise (so authors can ask questions). I could have offered a few, but if someone was writing fiction which included a character who was interested in these sorts of things, I could review something to let you know it reflected the “community” beliefs (although I’ve been out of it in any serious way for a while).

Broadly, the poll questions below could involve cryptozoology (Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, chupacabra…), UFOs, parapsychology (ESP, telekinesis…), ghosts/hauntings, real magic/witches, ancient technological civilizations, fish falling from the sky, and so on.

Here we go!

Please note: I could have easily listed 100 for the next poll, without looking up anything…I inevitably will be leaving out many popular and significant authors, even ones I’ve met. I decided to just cut it off at one point, or I’d be here all day! Please feel free to comment with others.

I know a significant number of you won’t appreciate the association of at least some of these topics with this holiday…but regardless, Happy Halloween, and if you don’t celebrate that happy Thursday tomorrow! 😉

I’m expecting some interesting comments on this one!


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed (on Thursday): buying books as gifts

October 24, 2019

#WDYTWed (on Thursday): buying books as gifts

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…

Unfortunately, yesterday, I didn’t have time to one of these…so that “just about” comes in handy. 😉

In an exchange with an author, the idea of how important it is that books are published as gifts for others was being discussed. Of course, Young Adult books, for example, are often purchased by adults for younger people (many are purchased for the adults to read for themselves, but that’s a different story).

As a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I can tell you that the success or failure of those stores relies heavily on sales at the end of the year, when people are buying more gifts.

So, this week, I thought I’d ask you some questions about buying books for gifts (including contrasting that to buying books for yourself).

Looking forward to seeing what you say!


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: how much does a book’s genre matter to you?

October 16, 2019

#WDYTWed: how much does a book’s genre matter to you?

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…

Today, let’s talk about genres.

I managed a brick-and-mortar bookstore. One of the first things you might notice in a traditional bookstore is that the store is divided into sections.

That might be done by signs hanging from the ceiling, or labels in the aisles.

I’m talking about a new bookstore, by the way. Used bookstores are sometimes just a jumble of everything, with no organization. Not always, of course.

Some people find the latter a thrill…it’s that sense that you’ve discovered something someone else might have missed.

Others, I would guess most, find that uncomfortable. They want to get into the store and know where they are going and what sorts of books they’ll find.

Why?

Why go to a romance section, or a science fiction section, or a mystery section? Why not just look at a shelf of random books, with everything all next to each other?

That answer probably seems obvious: there are different types of books and within those categories, there are similarities. If you already know that a particular type of book appeals to you (and perhaps that other types don’t), you have a better chance of finding a book you like.

People commonly call those groupings of books “genres”.

That’s a slippery term, though.

It comes from the same root as the word “genus” (as in genus and species), which would suggest a common origin.

Most people don’t use it that way, although some may still search for books by French authors, or written by authors of one gender, or religion…that suggests a common origin.

I’d say readers generally consider a genre to mean that there are books with similar content…although dictionary definitions will also cite style.

I’d go with content.

I wouldn’t define “sad” as a genre, for example.

Readers outside of a genre sometimes denigrate the very similarities which make them attractive to fans: golden age science fiction, with its rockets and BEMs (Bug-Eyed Monsters). “Bodice ripper” romances, with its dukes and stable boys…part of the appeal is those familiar elements.

I recently read a non-fiction book I found very insightful:

The Hitmakers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Probably the most important idea was that the brain’s favorite thing is to discover familiar patterns in unfamiliar settings (that’s my restatement of it). That makes sense: recognizing patterns is one of the ways that the brain earns its share of blood.

It explains a lot of things. Why do sequels do well? We can recognize something familiar (say, a character), but in something new (a different story). Too similar, and it seems boringly repetitious. Too different, and it’s jarring, “out of character”.

Genres, then, would be the norm because it helps us predict that experience: familiar patterns in unfamiliar settings.

Of course, the definitions of genres are imprecise and can lead to passionate argument. I’ve seen that many times with science fiction, especially when it gets lumped with fantasy (lumping is not an insult, by the way: there’s a division amongst people who define categories of animals and plants..lumpers and splitters. Lumpers like fewer species definitions, splitters like more). There were fans who were adamant that Star Wars was not science fiction: it was perhaps, science fantasy, or even just straight fantasy. Mainstream media tends to refer to it as science fiction, since it has…hey, rockets and BEMs! 😉

As a Fortean (a follower of Charles Fort), I don’t have hard and fast definitions: everything blends into everything else (that is, perhaps, the core tenet, if we can call it that, of Forteanism…except that all of the tenets and non-tenets blur). 😉

Now, let’s get to some polls!

I am already running a poll on Twitter, but as Lady Galaxy pointed out, not everyone can vote on Twitter. If you can, this one lets you pick between some genres:

https://twitter.com/bufocalvin/status/1184077464366043136

Here, let’s address some different questions:

Looking forward to seeing your responses!


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

Do you stick your head “out the window” or “out of the window”?

October 6, 2019

Do you stick your head “out the window” or “out of the window”?

Well, this has provoked a lot of thinking and discussion today!

I was reading something a while back, and a character was described as sticking their head “out the window”. I highlighted that: I typically take note of what I consider to be proofreading errors when I’m sight reading books, and I have sent them to the publishers on occasion (I’ve been thanked for that and actually seen changes in later editions…not saying I was responsible, but I like to think I helped). 🙂

Then, I thought that it might be a regionalism: maybe some places say “out the window” and other places say “out of the window”.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case either…and when I thought about it, it’s much more complicated than that. Sometimes I say “out of” and sometimes I say “out”. A person sticks their head “out of the window”, but a dog sticks their “head out the car window”.

This discussion has been quite robust!

For example, is it different for a hand or a head? Different for dogs and humans? Do you stick your hand out the car window to wave at somebody, or “out of the”?

One hypothesis: it’s just “out” if something doesn’t move all the way out of the container, but “out of” if it does. You take something “out of the box”, but not “out the box”. Something comes “out of left field”, not “out left field”.

That doesn’t work for me, though: I do say you stick your head “out of the window” and your hand “out of the window”, even though your whole body doesn’t leave the vehicle.

I’m running a poll on Twitter on this, if you’d like to participate. If you want to comment, feel free to do so here (or on Twitter).

Bufo’s “out of the window”/”out the window” poll on Twitter


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other organizations, begin your Amazon shopping from a link on their sites: Amazon.com (Smile.Amazon.com)

#WDYTWed: today’s Amazon announcements

September 25, 2019

#WDYTWed: today’s Amazon announcements

In the more than ten years that I’ve been writing this blog (the first post was August 28, 2009), one of my favorite things has been interacting with the readers.

That used to happen a lot more. When I started out, I averaged 1,000 new words a day, but in more recent times, I just haven’t been able to do that. I’ve been trying to write more narratives again, but without that, the blog doesn’t tend to provoke many comments…and I miss that. I think my long time readers do, too.

One of those long time readers and amongst my most frequent commenters is Lady Galaxy, who suggested that I write something once a week with the intent of increasing interaction.

It’s a good idea. 🙂

I think the best way to do that is to do one or more polls (which I’ve done throughout the past decade).

I’ve decided to name this series #WDYTWed. WDYT is an internet abbreviation for “What Do You Think?”, and I’m going to do them on Wednesdays. Hopefully, just about every Wednesday…

Amazon is making major announcements today, 25 September. This will be a bit challenging, but I think I’ll wait until those are over (which will probably put me into the afternoon Pacific time) and add a poll during my lunch break.

The Verge coverage of the announcement


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get.

:)

Shop ’til you help!

:)

 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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