I don’t see myself as an art journaler, but I know the value of regular focused practice. I requested a review copy of Journal Sparks with the desireI don’t see myself as an art journaler, but I know the value of regular focused practice. I requested a review copy of Journal Sparks with the desire to find ways to improve my doodling and my creative thought process. Neuberger has created a beautiful and thorough book with many different ideas and prompts that will inspire; my notes of the title have many more doodles than I expected. I think this would also be fun to work through with another Storey title, Knit the Sky. The creative possibilities are endless and I have many new ideas to help nudge my creativity when I feel stuck.
Note: This review refers to the 2nd edition, released in 2016.
Cat Rambo is an author I've followed for her science fiction and fantasy writing for yeaNote: This review refers to the 2nd edition, released in 2016.
Cat Rambo is an author I've followed for her science fiction and fantasy writing for years. She's written a no-nonsense guide to both getting started and fine tuning your online presence. There is no fluff. There is no BS. I really appreciate that she tells it how it is. Some of the advice may become dated sooner than others as she talks about specific technologies and software, however overall I think this title will age well.
What is the best part about this book? The notes I scribbled while reading tell it all: backup, backup, backup!!! ♥
Seriously. What I also like, especially in our new reality is that she asks you to stop and think how much time you want to put into your web presence, how separated you want to keep it from you (and your privacy). Additionally, the reminder that while this is an investment of your time into your "brand", which could improve/influence your sales, don't get carried away. There's a fine line between productivity and procrastination. Do not allow this to get into the way of what you really need to do, in her case write, in the case of myself and most of my clients: design/make/craft.
I highly recommend this title for those looking to craft a meaningful online presence without the mess of pointless glitter.
No matter what you choose to call it — journal, notebook, holdall, shoebox, commonplace book — there is no one true way, no formula for filling the wrNo matter what you choose to call it — journal, notebook, holdall, shoebox, commonplace book — there is no one true way, no formula for filling the writer’s sketchbook. In this age of published journals and blogs it is sometimes easy to loose sight of the free-form and become concerned about adhering to a proper format. Raab’s collected essays reassured me and reconnected me to the page and its potential. I hope I have rediscovered the carefree journal writing I once possessed.
In Raab’s collection, the extreme variation in each author’s notebook, their methods of entry and common content, and the resulting essay reminded me that the way I keep my notebooks is right for me. While some essays didn’t captivate me to the same degree as others, all left me thankful for the time I took to read and learn from them. I am appreciative for the glimpse into a few private pages and processes to see how someone else uses the same tool I do in a different manner. It was comforting to be reminded that there really is no one true way to keep this key writer’s tool. I have two minor quibbles with the volume, the exercise list in the appendix is under developed and I’m disappointed that while many author’s published memoirs and journals were included in a resource/reference list, The Assassin’s Cloak was not.
NOLO books are valuable resources in assisting individuals to understand legal topics. They are not, nor do they try to be, a substitute for personaliNOLO books are valuable resources in assisting individuals to understand legal topics. They are not, nor do they try to be, a substitute for personalized legal advice. This title on copyright, in 405 pages, plus appendix, cd of forms, and index assist writers in understanding the basics of this deceptively simple topic. From the start Fishman explains the basics of copyright and provides examples of all the different permutations as to why a work may or may not be protected. The education provided allows a writer to better understand the rights available to their own works and what they need to think about when adapting others written words. The guide is clearly written in plain English and includes, as do all NOLO titles I've read, various tips and clarifying summary charts to make sense of a this topic. What I found most useful was I would not have thought to include in this volume, "Copyright and Taxation" and the consideration of your writing a hobby or a business. This title is most helpful for those who write what I will call standard prose. If you are trying to understand how to copyright and protect, a knitting pattern, for example, basics exist as to its potential protection, I suggest if you are interested in copyright and other protections specifically for craft patterns, such as knitting, then an internet search (try "knitting copyright") will supplement and expand upon the information provided in this title. I highly recommend this readable volume and hope you find an attorney you can call contact if necessary.
Please note that the copy reviewed was received as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program....more