Miscellaneous Items each briefly I hope.

nanowrimo

I was going to participate in nanowrimo this year. But due to life and just getting tied up in other things I decided to not do so. I am really just not ready to write anything novel based right now. So my apologies to those who expected something.

Kindle and Accessibility and Books and Reading

This is what my post primarily is about. I just got a kindle keyboard this week as an early birthday present and I absolutely love it. The built in text to speech is amazing although I wish Amazon would make other things accessible to the blind like browsing the store through the kindle web browser. But seriously I have really just about adopted the kindle as my only book reading solution. There are tons of books available for free out there that I can load up into this thing without spending another penny if I want. But I will buy books I am interested in. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the blind you must understand that ibooks on the iphone. Or the half way accessible kindle to the blind is a huge step out of the dark ages. Well, hmmm, maybe not dark ages. But for us seriously we just haven’t had this ability for a long time. I read many times people fussing about apple ibook and Amazon kindle book prices that I almost want to take all those fussing and complaining by the back of their necks and shake some sense into them. For me as just one blind person. I can find plenty of free and low cost books on amazon and other sources to last me a life time and longer so I am not complaining. For those of you seeking free books or low cost books. Subscribe to amazon’s daily deal for one. Two amazon has about 100 books a month that you can look through and pick titles you are interested in. I got some books for under 4 dollars about 5 of them from this months offering and saved approximately 20 or more dollars on each of those books Third there are plenty of websites like gutenberg and feedbooks and manybooks and others that offer free reading material a lot of which in my opinion anyway is a lot better than most new books out there today so give them a try and stop fussing for those of you who are. Same goes for people fussing about ibook prices on apple. Again search for the deals they are plainly available right in front of you. I have for the most part adopted the kindle as my book reader. But I don’t exclude ibooks. Both are good for book reading. And both stores have deals. I just like how amazon does their book selections better. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me once I got the kindle that they love the kindle because they can turn text to speech on and listen to a book in the car on their way to work. I am sure half or most of these people don’t know that is mostly a result of blind person getting upset with amazon for not making the kindle accessible to everyone. Well to Amazon keep up the accessibility please. It will increase your sales more than you know and it will help tons more people than you may realize and get more features available to those of us without sight so that we can read books even better than we already do those of us currently using kindle. Take care everyone.

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I will be attempting nanowrimo this year and here is why.

This post is my thoughts on the post at the dailypost site.
It asks some questions. And I would just like to answer them from my viewpoint.
If you wish to read the actual post go here.

Does writing impromptu help me to write more or less?

I personally finding that writing impromtu helps me to write more. It gets my mind active and when I am not tied to rules I tend to write more freely. Of course as the post at the dailypost blog states this also can reduce the quality of the writing.

When I am forced to write does my quality suffer?

First I want to say that I am probably not the best of writers out there. So to question my quality of writing when I am trying to write so many words is well kind of silly I suppose. However I can safely say when I write freestyle I make more sense because I am releasing my thoughts onto the paper as they are in my head and this helps me vent and let things go and not bottle everything up inside. When I am stuck to a bunch of grammar rules and such I don’t get this same affect and more often than not my writing suffers when I tie myself to rules and guidelines.

Do I believe my writing can improve by participating in the nanowrimo writing challenge?

I personally believe it can. I have been participating in the post a day challenge from the dailypost blog now for a few days and I can safely say it helps me to learn to write better so that people can understand me better. It helps me to think about what I am writing before I write it down and thus my thoughts come out at least more clearly than normal. I still have a long way to go and whatever happens if I ever get near to having something published for money I will definitely need an editor to go over it. But challenges help us to focus. They help us to keep focused.

What is my personal view about nanowrimo’s views on writing a novel of fifty thousand words in November?

Well honestly. Their saying you will write a lot of crap I believe is true for a few reasons. When you write impromptu you often times don’t really think about what your writing. YOu just write it and let it develop as it goes. For me I have found I write best this way. For me I probably won’t produce as much “crap” as other people might. But it is just my style of writing. Now where I will mess up is in the research. What were the prisons like in AD 80 of 90 or such? What were the living conditions like? What was the economy like?

It is important to me to have as factual info as I can when I am writing anything.

Will I be participating in nanowrimo in November of this year?
Most definitely yes. If for no other reason than I have had a story in my mind for years that I would like to at least get a rough draft down. I can always go back and edit and redo certain scenes later and make it as historically accurate as possible. I think if one has the right perspective nanowrimo can be a good thing. I don’t think the goal is winning though. They may think it is. I am just participating for the challenge. I don’t really care whether I win or not. I am doing it to have fun to improve on my writing and to just be me. My nanowrimo blog is public and can be read here. And I don’t really care whether people take ideas from me or not as I will most likely never publish what I write anyway.