This Week’s Theme: Creativity!

This week, I’m feeling very creative. The edits of my next novella are going smoothly, and I’m already working on brainstorming/outlining my next story that I intend to write for this year’s GothNoWriMo. There’s a lot going on and the work never stops! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As I recently Tweeted, I bought a Kindle 3 today. I’m hoping this will be a worthwhile investment as I’ve been more interested in reading material produced by indie authors these days. That was something I wasn’t able to find much on the NOOK. So, I will check out the Kindle and see what all the hype is about, and hopefully get it filled up with some fresh, new indie-authored books.

…But of course, it wasn’t just the indie books that were calling out to me. My geek side was calling out, as well. I’ve read that it’s possible to develop apps for the Kindle 3 — something that I was unable to do with my Classic NOOK — which is a shame, because I was hoping that B&N would keep offering support for this great, Android-based device. But alas, the NOOKcolor has been in the spotlight, and it’s really not piqued my interest, at all. I like the e-ink technology and would prefer reading my books this way than on an LCD screen like the NOOKcolor (or any other tablet device, for that matter). In my opinion, e-ink is better on the eyes.

So, with my new acquisition of the Kindle, I’ve noticed a lot of people on the Kindleboards have made cute little slip-cases for them (because buying them retail is ridiculously expensive). So, as this week is creative week, I’ve been sparked by the creativity bug to try the same. I will produce pictures of my results at a later time.

I end today’s blog with one final note and word of advice: If you, as an author, receive a negative (but constructive) review on your book, take it to heart — embrace it — learn from it. People will see things that you, as the author will most likely not see no matter how many times you edit, re-edit and re-re-edit. Moreover, you can’t expect to please everyone. Not only do you make a complete fool of yourself by throwing a temper tantrum over one little bad review, you also tarnish and hurt the indie-publishing industry and all those other hard-working, legitimate and mature indie-authors who struggle and scrape tooth and nail for a moment of spotlight for their works to be reviewed (whether positive or negative).

Authors: What NOT to do if you receive a negative review

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2 thoughts on “This Week’s Theme: Creativity!

  1. R.M. Prioleau says:

    Haha, yeah, I actually made one for a friend, but I will be making another one for me pretty soon. I’ll post pics of it when I finish!

    And thanks! Yeah, I would rather take each negative review in stride and see what I can learn from them. That’s the only way to get better, right? 🙂

  2. Lilly says:

    2 things: 1) I JUST made a little case for my Kindle literally a day after you wrote this blog post. Great minds think alike? and 2) I read the reviews of your book on Amazon and your response to the negative review was a good example of how you SHOULD respond to a negative review 🙂

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