Books-and-People

Yesterday, I posted that for one week this month (the week of the 22nd), and for a week in March, and then again in April, I’m doing a giveaway through Water Street Books in Exeter, NH. All the details are here, but the digest version: if you preorder The Fireman during a giveaway week, you have a chance to win a signed limited edition of one of my books.

HOWEVER - 600 people have already preordered (yay! And thank you!). I want to be sure all those folks know I’m grateful to them, too. So we’re also going to give away 10 limited editions to people randomly drawn from those who have already paid for a copy of The Fireman through Water Street. You guys are indecently decent - I’m very grateful to you for picking up the book.

The LORD was delighted when Solomon, son of David, asked for wisdom.

9 So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

10 It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you. 13 I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. 14 If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.” (1 Kings 3:9-14 NASB)

By the grace of God through the same man, Solomon, and other anointed men, the Book of Proverbs exist. You can find it in the Bible :) The Book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and each with a great amount of wisdom that we can use to live apart from the foolishness we’re prone to make.

Join me and other followers of the LORD Jesus spend a month reflecting with the Book of Proverbs – one chapter a day to keep foolishness away. Take the challenge with unceasing prayers, and we’ll see how the Father will speak to us and use us through the Proverbs He shares. We can try this by faith in the LORD Jesus and the promise of change by His grace.

Reblog if you’re in and let’s pray for others :)

medium.com
Google’s slow fade with librarians — The Message
A hyperlinked timeline of our g-vorce.
By Jessamyn West

The librarians on Medium are giving Google a hard time this week.  I’m really enjoying Jessamyn West’s article on Google’s flakiness when it comes to working with libraries– starting strong in the early aughts, then tapering off by 2009:

We were having our own doubts, of course. How could you not? The Google Books project seemed to be letting itself go. Things any librarian would notice: bad scans; faulty metadata; narrowing the scope of public domain; having machines do jobs that should be done (or at least overseen) by humans. They seemed to be restricting and worsening access to cultural content, not expanding and improving it. Maybe we were going in different directions?

Sometime in 2014 between August and October, Google removed the Librarian Central blog entirely, took down all the posts and memory-holed it. Maybe it was because of the comment spam. You can still read the posts from the blog through the Internet Archive. Sure, the Archive is not as flashy, but they get the work done and they’re always there for you.

These days, whenever a big, flashy vendor or provider of any service gets all excited about libraries, I’m glad.  But now I wait for the other shoe to drop, even as I’m smiling.

anonymous asked:

do you think they'll ever release official soundtracks for SU? that would be a great way to support the show, and i would love to have all the songs in one place so i don't have to track them all down

I certainly hope so! I know the crew is interested but it really comes down to CN and whether they think it would be worth investing it. I think if any of their shows could have a successful official soundtrack, it’d be SU

#sickoffemalecharacterhate #sickofshittymuns

You know… Maryse reminded me of my grandmother and let me tell you something… The woman is only alive to this day because god and the devil can’t decided who must be punished and endure her for eternity.

My thoughts on the whole Cassandra Clare Plagiarism thing:
Why did the other author wait years to do this? Most cases don’t take that long to get processed. Yes I believe that Cassandra Clare did steal some ideas but at this point it looks like the author’s series didn’t make it as big as Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles and now she is getting jealous. This case is similar to the one against One Direction a few years ago. Basically another band claimed that the name One Direction was theirs and that they had stolen a few songs.
Clare first published City of Bones in 2006, that was 10 years ago and only now is the other author suing her. Try to tell me that there isn’t a little bit of jealousy and other petty emotions fueling this author to do it now. When Clare’s name is big and she is going to release a long awaited sequel and she’s got a TV Show and she had a movie.
Try to give me a good reason why she didn’t do this sooner.