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Ramblings of a Literary Madman

Pure Escapism folks. Always has been, always will be... If I'm not reading I'm trying to find time to write.

Currently reading

James Joyce
The Screenwriter's Workbook (Revised Edition)
Syd Field
Progress: 127/304 pages
Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States
Sharon Smith
Progress: 160/320 pages
Reblogged from Feed Your Soul:

Being 'lost in a book' is a good thing. :)

How does writing affect your brain?

Reblogged from Bookloving writer:

Writing infographic

Source: http://dailyinfographic.com/how-does-writing-affect-your-brain-infographic
Reblogged from Bookworm Dreams:

One can only hope eh? ha ha

Not so much a corporate refugee.

So far so good. To be brutally honest, I'm enjoying Booklikes much more than the  chaos that ensued after joining Goodreads. After hearing about Booklikes on a LitReactor podcast I decided to have a gander. 


I'll be the first to admit I am smothered by social media as of late and am re-examining my use of it. A tweak here, beat a dent out there and I'll be streamlined in no time. Facebook, twitter, my blog, Pinterest, MyFreindsPintFace... It's all to much to keep up with and still work a full time job and work to progress my writing. Time to cull. 


I digress. Why am I enjoying Booklikes over Goodreads you ask? It's the unspoken dialogue. Although I deplore Corporationism, Amazon's purchase didn't leave me disgruntled. Perhaps one day I'll go into more detail as to why. Moving on...


Within days of joining Goodreads I was swamped. Too much going on there if you ask me. It strikes me as a great marketing tool for authors, however as a person starved for literary conversation and book suggestions I found it to be cumbersome an awkward at best. 


In contrast I find Booklikes to be pleasantly streamlined. I'm allowed to pillage and sack the shelves and reviews of those I follow for books that peak my interest.. Trust me when you're an aspiring writer with a critical lack of a bibliophile network in close proximity this is a boon! 


Please bear in mind, this is all off the top of my head as I sit sipping my coffee before knucking down and scrivening for the day. Only on thing I can think of that I'd like to see here. It would be nice if there was an ability for everyone to recommend a book a month to thier followers. A way to make a blanket suggestion I suppose you could say. I think this would keep the "spamish" marketing to a minimum while allowing us all to share that one book each month that no one should be without. This isn't so much a criticism as it is an idea. 


For those following me and those I'm following it's a pleasure to come across you. I hope you're all well. Looking forward to the dialogue and increasing my reading list. Bring it on you lot!