The Journal: Very Short Post

In today’s Journal

* Quotes of the Day
* Very Short Post
* MidWinter Workshop Sale
* Of Interest

Quotes of the Day

“Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.” Douglas Adams

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” Stephen Fry

Very Short Post Today

I like the first quote of the day. I especially like that if you replace “print” with “ebooks” the quote means exactly the same thing. Either way it brings cool, calm reasoning to the pbook vs. ebook argument. It also points out the category mistake most people make when discussing their preferences for the different media: The medium is not the story.

Whichever medium you prefer is perfectly fine, of course—at the moment it’s still a mostly free country—but whether you prefer pbooks, ebooks, or abooks doesn’t matter to anyone else, nor should it. None is superior to the others except as a matter of personal preference. None is superior to the others in terms of Story.

I included the second quote only because it so plainly illustrates the category mistake I mentioned above. Perhaps Mr. Fry should read Mr. Adams’ quote.

MidWinter Workshop Sale

This is the other reason I posted today. See “MidWinter Workshop Sale Starts Now!” at If you want courses from Dean, now is the time to get them. The sale runs for 10 days, through Thursday, February 24.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “7 Little-Known Historical Figures Who Made a Big Impact” at

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.