For a beautiful burst of colour, check out Matt’s Japanese flower blanket. So gorgeous! I’m making a scarf with this pattern, but so far my scarf is only six flowers long, so it could be a long while before I get to wear it. In the meantime, I’ll just have to admire his.
Elsewhere, on the glorious internet …
David Alistair Hayden posts on how to win followers and influence readers on Wattpad.
Elizabeth Bear on how to move past that stage where your writing is getting “rave rejections”, ie I loved this but …
Seth Godin muses on the end of bookstores: Basically, people have too many other amusements to bother with reading, especially when so many have suffered under well-meaning but dull education programs that make reading a chore. “More than once, friends have said, ‘you should be really pleased, I even finished your new book.’ My guess is that no one says that to Laurence Fishburne about his new movie.”
Had to laugh at that, and it’s a valid point, but I don’t believe you can therefore assume reading is dead – only that there might be many more readers if education didn’t insist on foisting “worthy” books on kids. But judging by the kind of books my girls are assigned (eg Uglies by Scott Westerfeld), things have changed a lot even since I was at school, and the future of reading seems pretty healthy.
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