News You Can Use – Oct. 18, 2011

Ten Ways to Irritate an Editor or Agent – I have to admit, this made me laugh and then cry because some of these have happened to me too!

What is it Like to be James Patterson’s Co-Author? – Perspective by Ned Rust.

Ebooks Don’t Spell the End of Literature – Jonathan Jones on Art.

Shiny: The Firefly Guide to Creative Content – If you know what “Firefly” is, you are in unique company. If you don’t? Don’t worry about it. You probably didn’t like “Tron” either.

Is it B.C./A.D or C.E? – The debate rages over dating continues. Make sure you know your publisher’s “house style” ahead of time. Do you agree with this writer or disagree? I personally do not like using C.E. or “Common Era.”

10 Google Chrome Apps (Extensions) that Can Make You a Better Writer – Good reviews by Easily Mused.

Digital Reading: At the Intersection of Reading and Retail – Great insight from Anne Kostick.

How the Millennial Generation uses their mobile devices [Infographic via Mashable]
If you are writing a contemporary novel you absolutely must portray the character’s use of their devices accurately! Otherwise anyone will know you are out-of-touch.

2 Responses to News You Can Use – Oct. 18, 2011

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    Peter DeHaan October 18, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I prefer BC and AD for two reasons: it was what I was taught and it reminds me of Jesus’ pivotal place in history.

    However, I do not want to do anything to offend my friends outside of Christianity, so I gladly use BCE and CE — even though it strikes me as awkward.

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    Timothy Fish October 18, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    No matter what you call it, the fact remains that our calendar was intended to date from the birth of Christ. Whether you believe Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ or not, BC/AD reflects the reason for the change in the calendar. I have no doubt that the calendar doesn’t line up with the birth of Jesus, but it was intended to.

    People are offended by that. There is no reason in the world for people to refer to it as the Common Era other than they don’t like admitting the impact Jesus of Nazareth has had on our world. That makes me want to us BC/AD even more. The thing is we’re to be in the business of offending people, as long as it is for the right thing. The Bible describes Jesus as a Rock of Offense. We shouldn’t be removing things like this just because people are offended by them. When people are offended by stuff like this, it is an opportunity for them to realize that they are rejecting the one and only means of salvation.

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