A Heist Right out of a Movie

We’ve all seen movies in which criminals rob a bank through the vault from underground or by rappelling down through the roof to evade detection.

Recently one of those scenarios actually played out in the UK. Robbers rappelled down into a warehouse that was storing valuable books. The robbers took the most expensive ones they could find and made off with 160 books worth more than a 2 million dollars! I can’t help but laugh at this. These books are hundreds of years old.

I went to Austin last year and walked through an exhibit of old books. I thought it was a really cool exhibit. Shakespeare was a major part of the whole thing. I recall several of his copies of plays he’d written. I’m just insginjbg people coming down from the roof like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible in order to get their hands on those books.

Have you ever been around books hundreds of years old? What would you do to get your hands on them? Also, I’ve seen a Gutenberg bible!

We Finally Have Waterproof Books (Almost)

This is one of those rare posts that I’m writing entirely for y’all. Because my books would never go near any water, and I don’t take baths. I couldn’t tell you the last time I took a bath. Wait, that sounds bad. I only take showers, ya crazies!

Anyway, I can’t tell you how many tweets or blog posts or whatever I’ve read about someone reading in a tub of hot water. I think it’s the weirdest thing, but there’s nothing I can do about it. And there’s also usually wine involved. Wine + books = I have no idea. Water + books = soggy books. But there’s obviously a market for these waterproof books because a couple has decided to make them a reality for all of you who like reading in the tub.

These waterproof books are part of Bibliobath. What’s Bibliobath? It’s the Kickstarter project that aims to make these waterproof books more mainstream commodities. They’ve chosen four works for their initial launch to get you ready for what’s to come. MacbethThe Art of War. Mark Twain’s short stories. And selected poetry by W.B. Yeats.

I have no interest at the moment in waterproof books or any of those four titles, but I bet you do. Maybe? If yes, fell free to read more about Bibliobath and to support their Kickstarter campaign here.

On this day in 2014 I published Stopping a Book Before you Finish.

PS: I’ll be hitting a mini milestone today. It’ll most likely happen before I wake up in the morning and before this post publishes. I’ll be surpassing 50,000 views on Write me a book, John!. How cool is that? That’s a lot of eyeballs reading my words.


Act I, Act II…I Don’t Know What to do

There are many things I’ve learned during my time on WordPress. One of the things that I’ve discovered is that writers seem to write their stories in different “acts”. And I’m not really sure why.

Just about everyone one here has written more than I have. I think in total I’ve only mustered out 90k words or something. I’m obviously not including these posts or any essays in that number. But 90k words isn’t much. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I know it all. What I do know is that I don’t write in these “acts”. And I never will. Just like I’ll never plan out a book before it’s written. Who needs outlines when I can just sit down and pump out a few thousand words whenever I want to?

Anyway, I’m just curious to know if you write your books in different “acts”? I have no idea why I keep putting quotation marks around that word. Because when I think of them I think of Shakespeare. And Romeo and Juilet. So it’d always be a little odd for me to write that way. But what do I know?

For instance, how many acts would it take to write a book? Or how many chapters are in a single act? Hm. I shall never know. Unless you share your wisdom.

On this day in 2014 I published To Pen Name or Not to Pen Name; That is…a Dumb Question.