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 wr...moreNo 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 personali...moreNOLO 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.
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