The weekly links, opinion, and randomness post
1. Links of Interest
Books on the Knob is a good bet for finding out about free or inexpensive Kindle reads.
Another blog I have been enjoying is Conversation Reading. Check out this post on Negative and Short Reviews.
Romance Buy the Book has a good post on the class at Yale to be taught in spring 2010 by alums and romance authors, Lauren Willig and Cara Elliott. I had the pleasure of meeting Willig at the PCA conference in April and I’m betting that’s a terrific class.
The whole health care “reform” situation is too upsetting and too much like work for me to blog about (the blog is my happy place), but I had to share this from David Waldman as quoted by Ezra Klein in his WashPo piece on the abortion compromise:
The problem with leaving the decision up to the states, he says, is that it doesn’t go far enough. “I think states should leave the abortion question up to the counties,” he explains. “Then I think counties should leave the abortion question up to municipalities. Then the neighborhoods should leave the abortion question up to each block.” And each block, as you might have guessed, should leave the abortion question up to each household.
Tumperkin is offering some thoughtful reflections, and hosting a great discussion, on reader beliefs and values and how they interact with the story.
2. Gifting e books
A number of the m/m books I have been reading (and yes, I will eventually post all of the remaining Ham/mukah reviews) are e-format only. I only just realized I cannot give those books to readers. Apparently Fictionwise has a “buy for a friend option” but other sites do not. Someone on Twitter said that she buys the ebook for herself and then sends it via email to the contest winner. Though this is a violation of copyright, it is hard to see what is wrong with it, assuming she has her own copy already. What do you think? Do you give away ebooks on your blog? How?
3. Merry Christmas!
Here’s a typical conversation in my neck of the woods:
Hair stylist: So, what are you doing for Christmas?
Me: I don’t celebrate Christmas. I celebrated Hanukkah.
Hairstylist: (long pause) But you decorate?
Me: No, I don’t celebrate Christmas. I enjoy other people’s decorations, though.
Hairstylist: Huh. So what do you put on your tree?
I hope everyone has a great time doing over Christmas whatever it is they plan to do, even if it’s nothing. My mother celebrates Christmas, and she was kind enough to retire and move up to the hinterlands to be near us (5 doors down actually) four years ago when she could see were were doing a rather shoddy job of trying to have careers and raise our children while staying sane. Since then, I have never had to worry about where the kids will go after school, what I will do if one of them has to stay home sick or on vacation and I have to work, and I have had free babysitting every weekend (the kids call it “Camp Grandma” and some weekends they go to her even when Mr. Racy and I are staying in). When I think about the blessings in my life, my mother is foremost in my mind, despite the fact that she just quit reading Outlander 1/3 of the way in, telling me “it’s awful”. We go to her house Christmas morning in our jammies and open presents and have a big breakfast. It’s very nice.
4. Coming up on the blog
More m/m reviews, a review of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong and Pleasure and Purpose by Megan Hart, and I feel a bout of ridiculousness coming on, so stay tuned for silly posts.