Friday, March 29, 2013

THE JOYS OF DOWNLOAD

I've never lost the excitement of having a new book to read, and owning an iPad makes it an instant pleasure.  With the painless flick of a button, the book arrives; it's as effortless as that. But it's not to say that I don't love browsing bookshops and bingeing on books.

My latest foray into download is American writer, Gillian Flynn's Gone 
Girl. It comes with a great pedigree: tops the influential books-of-the-year lists; with some 23,000 critiques, it the most reviewed book on GoodReads; spent 8 weeks at No. 1 in NY Times best seller list and six months after its release had sold over 2m copies in print and digital formats, as well as having the film option picked up by Reese Witherspoon.

So what is this book about? It's a whodunit revolving around the marriage of two writers that strips the mask and makes toxic the commonly recurring marital themes of money, careers, in-laws and parenthood. The story is told through  the wife, Amy's diary entries, and Nick, the husband, who narrates his experience in the first person.

Gone Girl is flagged as noir for women, as is English writer Harriet Lane's recently published Alys, Always - another download. This is the unsettling tale of a manipulative newspaper editor. |Hurrah. These titles are a departure from the genres of chic lit and the more recently popular, erotic - too often regarded as reading for women.

Friday, March 22, 2013

lovewriting.patriciaoreilly.net - Writers' Blog: HAPPENINGS IN THE WORLD OF WRITING

lovewriting.patriciaoreilly.net - Writers' Blog: HAPPENINGS IN THE WORLD OF WRITING: Good news today. My course titled Anatomy of Editing is starting om Wednesday 17 April from 10 o'clock to noon for 4 weeks on Carysfort...

HAPPENINGS IN THE WORLD OF WRITING

Good news today. My course titled Anatomy of Editing is starting om Wednesday 17 April from 10 o'clock to noon for 4 weeks on Carysfort Campus. It the third in a trilogy of courses that have proved successful since September with participants winning awards, getting publishing contracts and generally discovering the joy of writing.

Frequently emerging writers feel all they have to do is write the first draft. But today's publishing industry requires more than that. Publishers look for almost 
publication-ready manuscripts which is where Anatomy of Editing comes in. I've been convening writing courses in various guises for many years in UCD, but this is the first occasion we're focusing on Editing - being market aware, I suppose.

The ethos of UCD's Adult Education programme is lifelong learning, and it works. Our writers develop a bond that frequently blossoms into friendship.