Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Read an ebook week encourages readers to try the digital experience

I know from conversations with readers over the years that many people outright reject the concept of an ebook because they can't stand the thought of reading a novel on their computer. But ebooks are not solely about reading a novel on a desktop computer. There are many more comfortable options like: dedicated e-ink devices, smart phones, PDAs, and laptop computers.

To encourage people to poke their noses outside their personal comfort zones and try something new, award-winning author Rita Y. Toews administers Read an Ebook Week to promote the digital reading experience. Many individuals and companies involved in electronic publishing and distribution are supporters of the promotional event.

Increasing numbers of readers are discovering ebooks and adding electronic reading to their media choices. Ebooks offer many conveniences with the two most often cited being relief from carrying around multiple books and removing the need to store physical books in small apartments, dorms, or homes.

Read an Ebook week is March 7th through the 13th. Click the banner to visit the official site and learn more about reading ebooks.

And to conclude, some people do read whole novels on their computers. I've been exploring the web fiction scene and discovering the many fine writers putting their creative stories on the web. I created a web novel version of Union of Renegades where I'm publishing it chapter by chapter to reach out to people who like web fiction.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Agamemnon by Aeschylus ebook - Greek Tragedy standing the test of time

One of the best things about reading classics is finding literary works that deliver truths that do not diminish over the ages. In the tragic Greek drama Agamemnon by Aeschylus I encountered a powerful and beautifully written tragedy that was very sensitive to the female victims of war. It is easy to imagine that ancient fully patriarchal societies would overlook the female concerns of anything, but Aeschylus displays a thoughtful sensitivity to the suffering of women and children in war. The whole play is about the vengeance sought by Clytemnestra, wife of King Agamemnon, for the death of their daughter Iphigenia, who Agamemnon killed in ritual sacrifice. He did this ghastly deed to appease the Gods and gain good winds so the ships of the Greek armies could sail against Troy.

In my reading of the play, Aeschylus used the sacrificial killing of Iphigenia as a metaphor for the suffering involuntarily forced upon women and children in war. And the vengeance Clytemnestra has upon Agamemnon demonstrated that the glory men seek in war has no value once the misery and death inflicted on society is taken into account. The play sends the message that men pursue war because of pride and greed and women and children are the victims.

When Agamemnon returns home after the Trojan War, Clytemnestra intends to make him pay for the death of their daughter. Although committed to bringing about his death, she remains disgusted that she is the one who has to do it. She wonders why society did not punish Agamemnon for the crime.

Aye, now, for me, thou hast thy words of fate;
Exile from Argos and the people's hate
For ever! Against him no word was cried,
When, recking not, as 'twere a beast that died,
With flocks abounding o'er his wide domain,
He slew his child, my love, my flower of pain,
Great God, as magic for the winds of Thrace!
Why was not he man-hunted from his place,
To purge the blood that stained him? … When the deed
Is mine, oh, then thou art a judge indeed!

Aeschylus masterfully reveals how society tends to care nothing for what happens to women and children, but, if a woman seeks justice, then she is surely a criminal.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Get in the mood for Valentine's Day with erotic ebooks

The need for romance, love, or just some simple hooking up get people interested in Valentine's Day. This charming holiday spices up the dreariness of late winter, when, on an animal level, we naturally start thinking about finding a mate for spring.

Enticing another person to fall under the spell of your sexy worthiness is not always easy, and the famous exploration of the sex lives of ancient Hindus, the Kama Sutra, recommends this love potion:

If a man mixes the powder of the milk hedge plant, and the kantaka plant with the excrement of a monkey, and the powdered root of the lanjalalika plant, and throws this mixture on a woman, she will not love any body else afterwards.

I think you will agree that chocolate will serve as a far more acceptable offering to your lover. Although the Kama Sutra is generally marketed as a sex manual, it is mostly interesting in an anthropological albeit titillating fashion as it explains the sexual habits of an ancient culture, including fascinating and stimulating descriptions of what goes on in a harem. Reading the Kama Sutra will definitely give you some interesting conversation starters while you're on that Valentine's date.

If you have no Valentine's Day lover, then you can definitely soothe your loneliness with the Memoirs of Fanny Hill. This undeniably erotic tale of a poor country girl learning about her body and how to make a living in the big city will excite any reader. You'll hardly believe that it was written in 1748, but sex is hardly a new invention.

Celebrating Valentine's Day hardly needs to be restricted to one day. Invite some more pleasure into your life with erotic reading. Melt off the winter chill and warm your passions with the Kama Sutra ebook or Fanny Hill ebook.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A tattoo for Valentine's Day?

Deep down people know they probably shouldn't get a tattoo with a lover's name on it. Permanent skin art has long term consequences and should not be motivated by fleeting desires. Despite this common sense, I've noticed over the years that my tattoo website Destination Tattoo always has a surge of traffic leading up to Valentine's Day. I suspect people are researching tattoos because they are perhaps about to get inked as a tribute to a romantic relationship. Or, some of the visitors are trying to figure out how to get a tattoo removed. Maybe somebody needs to erase the name of a previous lover before wooing a new one?

No matter what is motivating you to get a tattoo, choose the tattoo design carefully and be aware that tattoo removal hurts more AND costs more than getting the tattoo in the first place.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fantasy web novel updated

This morning I added Chapter 7 Partnership to my web novel version of the epic fantasy Union of Renegades. I've been enjoying expanding success with the ebook versions of my fantasy novels, and I'm eager to see if the chapter-by-chapter blog style presentation of the first book in my epic fantasy series catches on. I realize that some people like to read web fiction instead of downloading ebooks. These readers might be in situations where downloading is not a good idea, like on a work or school computer. Also people reading on their cell phones will not necessarily want to load a file.

Since I started this web fiction experiment I've been impressed with the caliber and amount of web fiction being published. At my web novel blog I include a page where other online authors can promote their web fiction. The comments from these writers are starting to pour in and all the stories look interesting, exciting, creative, and well presented.

To start reading Union of Renegades online go to the Chapter 1 page.

If you are a web fiction author be sure to click on the page for More Web Fiction so you can describe your work and add a link to it.