Wendy M. Scott

A Renaissance Soul blogging on reading, writing, travel, and enjoying life.

Amazon Unveils New Unlimited Program for Readers

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Amazon is dipping its giant toe into the book subscription model with the recently unveiled Amazon Unlimited program. Claiming to offer book lovers access to over 600,000 books and thousands of audio books, this Netflix-for-books plan is priced at $9.99 per month. You can view the nitty-gritty here, but for me, the most pressing question is “How many books can I borrow?” The answer: You can keep up to ten […]

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What’s on the Other Side of the Ocean?

from MentalFloss.com

Just in time for an upcoming long weekend at the beach, I came across this simple map that shows what distant land you’re looking at when you look out at the horizon. It’s interesting to think about where you would end up if you walked into the surf and swam straight until you hit land again (says the woman who rarely ventures deeper than chest-high water unless there’s a boat […]

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Announcing Writing 201: Finding Your Story

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Originally posted on The Daily Post:
I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. — Truman Capote Last month, we hosted Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, a write-every-day course over twenty days. Writing 101 focused on building a daily habit, experimenting with different kinds of writing, and engaging with others in the Commons. A finished product — a published post — wasn’t necessarily…

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The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile. ~ Robert Cormier

This goes well with a bit of advice I came across a few years ago about not seeking perfection in your writing. It went something along the lines of telling yourself that writing is a low-risk activity compared to surgery, rocket science, and other endeavors where life literally hangs in the balance.

Every now and again, it can be liberating to remind yourself that no one ever died because of a horrible piece of writing, no matter how bad it is. :D

 

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My new Oly: the OM-D E-M10

After years of thinking about upping my photography game with something more advanced than a point-and-shoot and months of deliberating over which cam to buy, I finally pulled the trigger and bought a serious piece of equipment.

I opted for a micro four thirds (MFT) / mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC) for DSLR-quality images and control in a much more compact body size.

Now I just need to learn how to use it!

 

PS- the irony of using my cell phone cam to take this picture wasn’t lost on me.

My New Toy

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