Writing Frustration and Blog Books.

I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: – ‘No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.’Eleanor Roosevelt

Isn’t that just the best? I was obsessed with her when I was younger and read every biography I could. I was torn between thinking her husband was the biggest jerk ever or the best friend she ever had. And I doubt I could ever be as saintly as she was. I have a hard time with the whole volunteering thing and don’t really know about spending my life in service to others. I also don’t think I could spend hours a day writing letters back to people either. Don’t get me wrong. I love my correspondence and all, but I’m not that devoted. She is one of those superior human beings.

In searching for the perfect historical role models and ideas for characters, it’s funny that I completely forgot about her. I suppose I was staying more in the time period and didn’t think more contemporary, but Eleanor Roosevelt would be perfect for some character ideas.

On an entirely different topic, I’m also a little frustrated with myself because I checked out a bunch of research books from the library which are, of course, due now (and can’t be renewed because other people have holds on them) and all the cheap used copies that I had in my shopping cart on Amazon.com are gone now. All that’s left are the expensive new versions. Just one of those days, I suppose. Lesson learned. When you find the $40 book for $10 online? Just buy it. Spend the extra $4 for shipping and buy it.

Which brings me to another topic. The Blog Book. This is amazing to me. Blog2Book.com is a site that turns your happy, digital blog that’s floating around out there in the ethernet into a book. A printed book with a title and a cover and pictures and a dedication and everything. Does no one else find this amazingly strange? Amazon.com is telling me that the Kindle is the wave of the future (and don’t get me wrong–I love having the digital books while I’m on a trip. And I didn’t buy a Kindle anyway. I love iPhone apps…) and that print books are dead; Google books comes up just as often as Alibris.com and Amazon.com does when I do a book search; the whole publishing industry is turned upside-down because of digital books; and newspapers are proclaiming that only the iPad can save them now.

So what gives with the Build-a-Book out of your blog option? The blog is already right where everyone keeps telling me the action is–why change that? It just blows me away. It seems like there’s some sort of chaotic, end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it implication there. But I just can’t put my finger on it. Soon people will start making blogs into books and books into blogs and the world will end in a fireball of death…or something.


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