miriam english (miriam_e) wrote,
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my book "flying"

A few days ago I had some ideas to expand a couple of paragraphs in a particular part of my story flying. Not being able to remember exactly where the section was where I wanted to insert it I started re-reading the book from a little over halfway through. At the risk of sounding immodest, I have to say I was amazed at how many fresh and unusual ideas I'd managed to put in my story. This pleased me greatly as I'd previously been too close to it to be able to judge it well -- I'm still unable to judge whether it is terribly good as a story for anybody other than someone who thinks like me. I deliberately flout the "rules" of storytelling because I think they are restrictive and boring, however this might mean that nobody apart from me (and my Mum) can be bothered to read my stories. :)

One thing that bothers me is that flying begins in a very innocuous fashion, which would mislead many readers into thinking it is something that it isn't. This has made me wonder if perhaps I should add a kind of prologue to give the reader a foretaste of what I consider the best parts of the book... or whether I should simply leave it as a surprise. I created the book cover to give some impression of what lies ahead in the story. Could that be sufficient, I wonder?

It is, of course, free to read or download from my website at:
http://miriam-english.org/stories/books/flying/index.html

(Crossposted from http://miriam-e.dreamwidth.org/327242.html at my Dreamwidth account. Number of comments there so far: comment count unavailable)
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I am still working my way through "flying" and really loving it! I'm just terrible at remembering to read ebooks, when I've got a pile of physical books on me at all times; I usually remember to read my ebooks only when I'm somewhere that doesn't allow for regular reading or I (rarely) don't have other books. But I'm well into the story and still thoroughly enjoying it, particularly how it doesn't follow the 'rules' of storytelling and does authentically feel like a girl going through her life, which happens to unfold in a strange way. It doesn't have that measured feeling that so many other stories do, as if certain things have to happen at certain times and in certain orders; it feels like a life being played out before my eyes. I love it.

I love the cover, too!
Wow! That put a giant smile on my face. :D

Thank you. I hope you continue to enjoy it. The story changes a lot. I worked hard on giving it a kind of random life feeling, even though the story is actually carefully planned. I was never sure how successful I was at it. Also, I'm not sure whether the ending works. I didn't want a standard ending, yet I didn't want it to hang up in the air. After all, when we relate an event that occurs to us in real life we always end on a note that completes it, even if it doesn't resolve it. This seems natural, so ending it completely loose would have seemed wrong. I hope I left it with the feeling that there is more coming (even though I doubt I'll write more on it), yet it is in some sense finished.

And don't worry, I completely understand what you mean about forgetting to read ebooks. I do the reverse. When I want to read something my hand goes naturally to my ebook reader (actually a smartphone that I don't use as a phone). More often than not I forget the stack of paper books and magazines I have by my bedside waiting to be consumed. We humans are creatures of habit. :)
Awwr, glad to have gifted a smile! You and your story deserve it. I'm sure I'll continue to enjoy it; I'll have to keep my eye out for the ending.

Yes, creatures of habit indeed. There's also the fact that I weighed my last ereader (well, tablet) with all those freebie classics and a bunch of random lesbian books; I never knew what to read. Yours has been one of the only ones I've consistently read. I'm going to try to do better with this newer ereader; I'm keeping the books on the cloud and only downloading things to the device that I am actively ready to read.
heheheh :D
I have 300 fiction books and 116 non-fiction books on my smartphone. Slight overkill. :)
And of course I have thousands more on my desktop computer. Yes, I'm obsessive. :)

The cloud has always worried me. The cases of people legitimately buying ebooks and Amazon later remotely deleting them from people's ebook readers are rare, but do happen and it's just begging for some rotten miscreant to use it as an attack similar to the way the MSWindows automatic update function was used by a virus manufacturer to install malware on perhaps millions of MSWindows computers some years ago. I hate having to worry about security. Also, locked ebooks are guaranteed to lock you out sooner or later, so when I buy Kindle ebooks I always remove the locks before reading them. That also lets me use my preferred ebook reader program instead of being stuck with the rather clunky Kindle reader program.

With governments around the world cozying up to Hollywood, and music and book publishers and trying to censor the net I'm half expecting wonderful resources like Project Gutenberg to disappear one day, so whenever I find cool ebooks there I download and store them locally on my hard drive. Recently I read a delightful ebook from Project Gutenberg titled "Enchanted April" by Elizabeth von Arnim, about four women who holiday together in an Italian castle, escaping from their lives for a month. (I was a little disappointed with the formatting of the ebook though, so I downloaded the original text, also at Project Gutenberg, and reformatted it myself to make a much more readable ebook. If you ever feel like reading it let me know and I'll send you my version.)

What ebook reader are you using?
I'm not too worried the cloud as, I'm ashamed to say, most of the books I didn't buy. A lot were given to me by friends who had them down as documents or whatever. If I happen to lose them all I won't feel too terrible; it'll feel like the equivalent of losing a bookcase I didn't know I have with a general feeling of 'if I'm meant to read the books, they'll come back to me'. I think I've only actually purchased an ebook from Amazon once or twice and it was always for a book I didn't have time to get IRL, was cheaper online, and would read quickly/not care if I ever read again in that form.

That sounds like an excellent book! I've had to reformat on occasion when the formatting irked me; I think I've got some from Project Gutenberg myself. I'm pretty much full up on my reading for the very moment, but I would love to give that book a read later if you feel like sending it to me! (:

I'm using a kindle fire 7" hdx, so more tablet-based, but I have been known to use it (and my last one) for reading as well. I like having a tablet more than I expected to, particularly since I don't use a smartphone.
Nothing to be ashamed of. I figure free ebooks don't cost the author anything and are free advertising for them; word-of-mouth is the most valuable form of advertising. And people generally buy ebooks when they have the cash. Most of my ebooks are free ones, but when I have the money (and so long as I can unlock them) I'm happy to buy ebooks. I've bought many and expect to continue to buy many more, but it won't ever stop me using and downloading free ones. There is no way I could afford all the knowledge that I learn if I had to buy it all. If I had the money I wouldn't have any problem with buying it all (as I prove each time I have sufficient funds to buy more ebooks). I think there is something very wrong with any system that restricts access to human knowledge and human culture arbitrarily based on possession of money -- trading tokens. This, actually, is the reason Project Gutenberg began.

My reformatted version of "The Enchanted April" has been emailed to you. :)

My little tablet is the same size as your Kindle. It is very cute and in many ways preferable to my smartphone (which I don't use as a phone, but as a portable computer). The great advantage of the smartphone is its portability, but as I only step out of the house about once a month (or once every two months if I can manage it) the little tablet now gets much more use. It's great for reading each night in bed.

cranky__crocus

February 10 2015, 02:51:45 UTC 3 years ago Edited:  February 10 2015, 02:52:05 UTC

I think there is something very wrong with any system that restricts access to human knowledge and human culture arbitrarily based on possession of money -- trading tokens.
Absolutely agreed! And well put.

Thank you for the book! I'll hope to get to it soon. Trying to read through some of the physical book sin my 'to-read' stack so I can slim those down and pass some of them along.

I have only become more obsessed with my Kindle now that I've re-discovered Overdrive through my library. Being able to borrow library books straight to my Kindle has been excellent.