Have you been solicited yet? Perhaps you have and you didn’t realise what you paid for the right to vote for a friend or family member who entered a Facebook-based contest. You know, those ones where people submit something—a pictures or story or something—for a chance to win (fill in the blank) and then beg everyone on their friend’s list and more to vote for them.
Posted by Diane Tibert on May 21, 2013
By Scott Bury
The Hobbit. Game of Thrones. The Twilight saga. Harry Potter. Snow White and the Huntsman. Oz, the Great and Powerful. Once Upon a Time.
Hollywood continues to score hits in the science fiction and fantasy genres, on both the big and small screens. There is an appetite for this kind of fiction.
And browsing around bookstores, grocery stores and the immense emporia that masquerade as drugstores these days reveals an appetite among the public for fantasy, too.
Posted by Diane Tibert on May 14, 2013
This video clip explains the importance of seeds, and seed diversity far better than I can.
This is huge, and truly HORRIBLE.
I've just learned the EU is trying to pass a new law that would outlaw the selling or trading of heirloom varieties of seeds. If passed, this law would benefit only the multinational seed companies - like Monsanto - while endangering biodiversity and the safety of future…
Posted by Diane Tibert on May 6, 2013
I was at the London Book Fair last week - and I'll be blogging about that soon - when the news broke that David Mamet is to self-publish his next book.
His reasons? "Publishing is like Hollywood—nobody ever does the marketing they promise."
While I think it's great that someone as high-profile as David Mamet is self-publishing, I was very disappointed to find out the
Posted by Diane Tibert on April 23, 2013
As many might know, I’m a garden fanatic. I’ve been gardening for decades, and my favourite job of all time was working at a large garden centre. If I ever get the chance to work in a place like that again or in a green house, I’ll skip all the way there.
I also enjoy history, genealogy, books, raising animals to generate my own food, baking, cooking, the outdoors and being self-sufficient.
With all these interests, there’s no surprise I need an outlet for it…so Maritime Homesteader Journal was born. The inspiration to create the mini magazine comes from the many searches I’ve done over the years to find information. Many times it was easy to find, but other times, it was like looking for that proverbial needle in the hay stack. Knowing hay like I do, I understand the comparison.
Posted by Diane Tibert on April 8, 2013
The doom-mongers have been running wild on Twitter with the news that Amazon is to acquire Goodreads. Much of that nonsense is typical (hysterical) Amazon bashing, or reflexive defense of the status quo.
I'm not going to deal with the Chicken Little stuff. I have less and less patience with people who claim that Amazon has or is striving for some kind of evil monopoly that will subjugate authors and readers when all the evidence to date is that they will treat authors better than any publisher and provide readers with cheaper books, a bigger selection, and a better customer experience than any other retailer.
Posted by Diane Tibert on March 29, 2013
One of the best writing teachers/mentors in the business is Author Candace Havens. This woman isn't an author, she's a force of nature, and any writer who wants to go pro needs to take her classes. Recently, she presented for us at WANACon, and she brought up some interesting points I'd like to share here.
Embrace Being Tired
Okay, first I want to take a moment to acknowledge that we do need rest.
Posted by Diane Tibert on March 20, 2013
There seems to be a view in certain self-congratulatory circles that publishers have finally got to grips with the digital revolution, that they have weathered the fiercest part of the storm, and that they are well-placed now not just to survive, but to thrive.
There are innumerable problems with that view, of course, but today I'd like to focus on one core truth of this brave new world that publishers have failed to grasp.
Posted by Diane Tibert on March 14, 2013
Hello, Internet! Welcome to the launch of The Storm Project, which, if you haven't figured out already, is a blog. My blog, specifically.
What happens at a blog launch, I'm not entirely sure, but feel free to make a cup of tea and mingle among the, er, crowd. Take notice of all the twinkle lights I put up earlier, glittering in the low light of the early 1900s theatre against varnished wood, and the artfully stacked books, and the bean bag chairs by open fires so you can talk about your favourite books with a fellow book lover.
Posted by Diane Tibert on March 12, 2013
This blog—Diane Tibert, dreamer—doesn’t get updated as much as it used to. That doesn’t mean I’m not working behind the scenes, writing posts, reading, writing fiction and nonfiction or doing other things. It simply means this blog doesn’t get the attention it usually received, back when I was writing the marathon.
There was a time when I’d post two or three times a week to this blog, twice to my Roots to the Past blog and once each to Diane Lynn McGyver and Moon Meadow (the blog about my homestead).
Posted by Diane Tibert on March 11, 2013