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October 2006: Book Reviews

This is an archive of my shorter book reviews and notes, which historically have been posted over at the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal, but which I’m starting to move over here. I’m posting them with altered date-stamps, but they might show up in my LiveJournal cross-post anyway. Bear with me, please.

Note: Many of these books also have full reviews available in the book review podcast (RSS).
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Perfume Bottle

I picked up the mail yesterday on my way out to my speaking gig. Inside, there was the usual assortment of junk mail, a new book for me, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Sigh. So, I opened it, and read it while driving (bad form, I know). And I really couldn’t believe what I was reading… something about how, if I can lengthen it just a bit to fit their guidelines, they would be happy to accept it.

*boggle*

So, it’s not a sale yet, because I do have to rewrite it. But, um. It’s my first fiction pre-sale?

*boggle*

Upcoming Events!

I have a couple of events coming up, and I hope you all will join me at some of them.

First, I’m speaking at the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication next week, on Thursday, October 26, starting at 6:00 PM. The topic is “Web 2.0: Making the Bandwagon an Effective Vehicle for Technical Communication.” There is a fee to attend the meeting– $35 if you’re not a member of the STC, $25 if you are, but dinner’s included. The meeting is at TechMart in Sunnyvale, California: .

Then, I’m doing a re-play of the talk I gave last month, this time at the STC in San Luis Obispo. It’s on Monday, October 30, starting at 6:00 PM. The topic is Introduction to Videoblogging, and it’s a FREE event and open to the public. The meeting is at Where: KCBXnet Computer Training Center, 4100 Vachell Lane, in San Luis Obispo.

And then, gentle readers, there’s something extra-special coming up. The weekend of November 4th brings us a double-whammy in San Francisco! First, the Dummies Unconference, which features panels on topics ranging from health and fitness to computer programming, and where I’ll hopefully be able to squeeze myself onto a panel or two to talk up my favorite subject! The conference has a registration fee and the public is welcome at the Ask an Expert panels and the book signings (so I don’t know what the public registration costs are).

Then, we have the Vloggies, an awards show for videoblogging excellence. The event is November 4th at the Swedish American Music Hall in San Francisco, and is sponsored by PodTech. I can’t remember if it’s a paid event, but it’s definitely open to the public.

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