It’s July. Can you believe it? Me neither. I’ll have the giveaway post for the new ebook device up later today. If you folks want something other than a Kindle, let me know. I’m open. The nook tablets are cheap and you can load Google Play on them. Would anyone be interested? I’m pretty conflicted about it, but it’s you, the DA Readership, who get to use it.
Double Vision Editorial | One pair of eyes is never enough. – Danielle Poiesz sent an email indicating she is doing freelance editorial work. Danielle worked at Simon & Schuster and then Book Country. She offers a whole range of editorial services, charges based off the Freelance Association rates (although discounted from there). I don’t know anything about Danielle other than I’ve exchanged blog related emails with her when she worked at Simon & Schuster and then at Book Country. Obviously ask around for referrals before you hire anyone. (And this is not a referral, but a “hey, here’s an editor” notice) Double Vision Editorial
Body-heat powered flashlight takes teen to Google Science Fair – We’re going to need 15 year old Ann Makosinski’s invention just in case the zombie apocalypse occurs. Makosinski invented a flashlight that is powered by the heat of your hand using Peltier tiles that capture the heat of the hand and then transforms the heat into power that runs the LED light of the flashlight. This required Makosinski to construct a circuit that would make a good conduit from heat to power and it took her a while because of well, life: “This took quite awhile ’cause I had to do it during the school year as well and I had homework, plays, whatever that I was also doing,” she recalled. CBC News
Kidnap and ransom insurance: I’m a client… Get me out of here – Here’s a little story for writers of romantic suspense. Kidnap and rescue insurance has increased given the much publicized kidnappings of high profile individuals. In all seriousness, how awful for K&R to be such a normal risk of travel that they now sell insurance for it; that there are firms devoted to negotiation and rescue; and that if you live in certain areas of the world, that’s just a risk of life. The Economist
Now the business is shifting. Somali piracy has dropped off; there have been no documented successful hijackings since May 2012. And although the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea overtook those of the East Africa in 2012, quieter shipping lanes there mean fewer potential customers. Yet new markets are opening up. In Africa, India and Latin America the middle class has been growing—and so has the worry about being snatched. For instance, “express” kidnappings are on the rise, negotiators report. Unlike the protracted wrangling more familiar to movie goers, this quicker version involves fast, targeted grabs, followed by shorter periods of detention and smaller ransoms.
Girls’ Legos Are A Hit, But Why Do Girls Need Special Legos? – With the introduction of Lego Friends, legal has increased sales to girl customers threefold. Lego Friends are specifically marketed toward girls in colors of pinks and purples and the Lego sets are farms, art studios and shopping centers. Because of the success of Lego Friends, Lego believes that girls respond to different toys and do not like basic construction. Monkey See : NPR
My daughter is a big fan of Legos and despises the Lego Friends’ sets. Obviously she is in the minority. But you have to wonder if girls are responding to Lego Friends because they feel inclusive. In most Lego sets there is often no females or there will be only one female in a set with 5 or 6 male minifies. The females in these other sets, like the Castles, are princesses and queens, never knights, vagrants, or criminals. The males play all those roles.
Sure, a girl can pop off the head of a mini fig and switch it around (as my daughter often does) but Lego seems to make a conscious effort to exclude women from many of its non Lego Friends sets. Why? Who knows.
We came home with the four headed Ninjago dragon a few weeks ago and my daughter informed me that the dragon and The Great Devourer were both girls. I asked her if they were girls in the television show and she told me that it was her Lego set and she could assign them whatever gender she wanted. Indeed.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com