Iain Banks

Just been listening to Iain Banks, in a Q and A session on the
Unbound blog site.

He is a great science fiction writer and has found success in both the world of science fiction and the world of literary fiction (two genres normally divided by millions of light years of empty space). It is fascinating, both listening to his reading and, even more so, listening to the answers he gives to questions. You can hear his enthusiasm and his imagination – simply bursting with ideas.

I particularly liked the part, right at the end, where he says:

I do read science, but I simply dispense with it when it gets in the way of a good story ….. shameless, I know.

The joys of Twitter

The beauty of the ‘newspaper’ is you don’t have to obsessively watch Tweets. Just read my online paper Books and Writers Daily Update

Twitter logoA few weeks ago I joined Twitter. I post under RuthlessTweets, because somebody else had purloined my real name.

What on earth is the point of Twitter?
I resisted joining for years.
Yes, you can waste endless hours.
And, the temptation to keep checking for new Tweets is overwhelming.
And, yes, Twittering can be the single most time-wasting experience ever.

But … Continue reading “The joys of Twitter”