For those of you who are wondering, last week's laser eye surgery appears to have been a success. For a while, the affected eye didn't seem quite right, like someone had smeared a thin coating of grease over my left lens. Not enough to keep me from seeing, but enough to cause me to clean my glasses every five minutes. Most of that has gone away, but I still have LOTS of tiny floaters in that eye (noticeable only when I stare at the bright sky).
In spite of this, I went on vacation this week and not only did I have a good time, but I managed to make progress on my story. It's a rarity when those two
things happen simultaneously.
I recently set my phone to deliver more notifications when writing related tweets appear in my feed. Unfortunately, I'm beginning to notice a disturbing trend among
those people or sites that are announcing or marketing their books. Not that they're tweeting too much or because the same tweets keep appearing
again and again with annoying regularity, but because most of the notifications I receive don't tell me anything. These tweets are nothing more than a
picture of the book's cover followed by a link and a whole bunch of hashtags. Unfortunately, notifications don't show us the pictures--just the text--
so I'm usually left with a bunch of cryptic messages that do nothing to entice me to tap on them and go read the full tweet. And since the hailstorm of tweets will only grow with time, expect more and more people to depend upon notifications to keep them updated.
So for the love of all things bookish, at least put the damn title of your book in the tweet, okay?
Anyway, that's my rant for the week. Enjoy the links and have a great weekend.
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