September 16, 2013
With summer almost over, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour makes one of its last stops at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, James Tuck, and others. Today’s post is called “Quoth the Book: “Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated,” and it builds upon an article by James Surowiecki that recently appeared in The New Yorker magazine on e-books, paper books, and the future of book selling. My post tries to tease out what his observations may mean for writers. I hope you enjoy it.
June 11, 2008
I have a confession to make: I like to spend money. I like to buy myself cool new toys. I’m not always good at spending — I agonize over purchases and need some time to convince myself to buy a big ticket item. I’ll do a ton of research to make certain I’m getting the right brand or model or whatever, and I’ll look around for weeks looking for the best combination of good price and trustworthy vendor. And even when all that groundwork is done, I sometimes have trouble pulling the trigger.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s more fun to want something than it is to get it. You know what I mean by that? Sometimes that research stage is fun, even as I obsess over the item in question. Anticipating the purchase, exploring all the possibilities, searching for that perfect deal — there’s something really enjoyable about that part of the process.
But then there’s also the fun in finally plunking down that wad of cash and getting the new toy.
Yeah, I like to buy stuff.
Not all stuff. Some guys are into cars or sporting equipment or expensive clothes. Cars don’t really do much for me, and I don’t usually need to look much beyond the L. L. Bean catalog for my next shirt. And though I have been known to spend a bit of money on a bicycle or a new golf club (back when I played golf regularly), that’s not the stuff that makes me salivate.
So what are we talking about then? Well, I love to buy new music, and books, and I’ve been known to get excited about stereo equipment. But none of those is my current focus. As most of you know at this point, I’m a pretty avid photographer. Over the last several months as I’ve sold some of my pictures, I’ve squirreled away a bit of cash. Enough, at this point, that I’m looking at buying myself a new digital SLR. Yup. I’ve been looking online, and in magazines, and even in mall photography stores, though I’d never actually buy the thing at a mall store. Too much money; not enough service. At this point I know which camera I’m going to get and about how much I’ll be spending. It’s just about time to pull that trigger.
What about you? What do you like to buy? What are your favorite types of toys? Electronics? Clothes? Sports gear? Jewelry? C’mon and share! I won’t tell a soul.
Meanwhile, I’ll be looking at a few more camera sites. And then I think I need a new computer…..
Today’s music: Larry Carlton