What Stace had to say on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Odds and Ends

Have you all entered the Ginormous “preorder SHADES OF GRAY” contest yet? Go do that!

Also, the other day I had a really cool (I think) idea, and since I know there are several booksellers who read this blog I’m going to go ahead and mention it here. There are all sorts of dating services and things like that all over the internet, right? And bars with Ladies Nights and organizations that do Singles Nights. Well, why not do a Singles Night in a bookstore?

Think about it. In looking for someone to date or whatever, don’t you want to make sure it’s someone who reads? I can’t imagine being with someone who doesn’t read. Not to mention, if you have someone who regularly buys books and hangs out in bookstores…perhaps it’s wrong of me but I can’t help thinking readers are a superior class of person.

And it doesn’t just have to be some sort of hook-up thing. Why not do a book club for singles? Think about moving to a new city, say, where you don’t know anybody. One of the first things you do is find the nearest bookstore, right? What if that bookstore had some sort of club or group for single people to make friends? Friends who read.

It may not be the greatest idea, sure. It’s probably not going to change the world or anything. But I think it would be fun; I’d like to see bookstores bring in more customers, and become, I don’t know, bigger parts of the community and peoples’ lives. So I think all of you should think about this, and suggest it to your bookstore, and see what they think.

Also. I know I mentioned the other day that I was considering entering this year’s Blogathon? (The site is still set for 2009, but they’ll be updating it and opening to registrations soon.) Anyway, what you do is update your blog every half hour for 24 hours straight. And the reason why you do this is to raise money for charity. I’m planning on blogging for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

And I’m really hoping some of you will help me, either by signing up to blog yourselves, or by sponsoring me with donations. You can donate a lump sum or an hourly sum (like, a dollar for every hour I manage to stay awake).

I’ll post more detail after registration is opened. But please consider it. Also, if the Blogathon people give me permission, I just *might* be inclined to do a couple of short stories for the ‘thon–Megan and Greyson’s wedding, perhaps, or a short Downside story–if I get enough interest. Either way I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and I really hope some of you will want to participate too.

Now, on to new reviews! From Sara’s Urban Fantasy blog:

Chess was a very unique individual. I’ve never before read about a main character that was also addicted to drugs, and it was a very fresh idea for the urban fantasy genre. In a genre full of kick ass bounty hunters and assassins and law enforcement officers, it was a breath of fresh air to read about a less than perfect, flawed character that read almost like an anti-hero.

From Buckeye Girl:

I think that this book should have come with a do-not-read-before-going-to-bed-or -you-will-be-up-all-night disclaimer. I didn’t want to put [it] down once it got going. There were so many twists and turns! There just aren’t any boundaries in this book…this book is utterly compelling.

Oh! I almost forgot a really important thing! I’ve begun the rather long and slow process of going back through all of my old blog entries and tagging them. (See, I used to blog on Blogger–until just last year, in fact, when this site opened–and while all of my old entries were imported, none of them were tagged.) It’s made a bit more complicated by the fact that I’m trying to keep the tags consistent with my Livejournal tags, so need to have the post up in more than one window.

Anyway. I’ve gotten a bit of it done so far. I’m creating a new Category–For Writers–to put all of my writing/publishing type posts under, so you can look in that category as well as just clicking the tags. Also, you’ll notice quite a few new tags over there, which I used on lj but not over here.

So I’m hoping to have that finished at some point, maybe by the end of the summer. There are some good posts back there, stuff I really enjoyed writing and am still proud of, so I’m glad they’ll be easier to find.

5 comments to “Odds and Ends”

  1. Jennifer
    · June 16th, 2010 at 4:55 pm · Link

    I’ll glady donate money and, if the Blogathon people allow, I vote for a downside story. (On the assumption they allow it: If you truly want to be evil, you could post a paragraph of the story every hour along with blog related bits. 😈 )

    Do they have requirements of what you can and can’t blog?

    • Stace
      · June 16th, 2010 at 5:01 pm · Link

      It’s not really requirements of what you can/can’t blog, but you’re not supposed to use the ‘thon to promote yourself or try to make money for yourself out of it. So that’s why I’m a little unsure whether they’d let me post stories, you know?

      Either way, I think if we reach a certain level of donations I’ll post a free short; I can always do it *after* Blogathon. It would just be more fun to do it a thousand words at a time or whatever over several hours. Torture, muahaha!


      • InkGypsy
        · June 17th, 2010 at 5:03 pm · Link

        Ooh! Short hourly serial story! (I can’t believe I’m asking to be tortured. 😛 )

  2. synde
    · June 16th, 2010 at 7:13 pm · Link

    OH wow A Downside short story would be amazing..or a wedding story for M&G..looking forward to it.. I might have to save up something to donate.

  3. Betsy Dornbusch
    · June 17th, 2010 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Ugh, tagging. I need to do that as well. I keep putting it off. I think it might be beneficial for me to do it liquored up. If I do, I’ll let you know. We can have a tagging party.

    Speaking of alcohol, I think bookstores would do better if they sold some.

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