Are You A Rutabaga or Are You Procrasinating?

What do you think the future of publishing involves? Lots more e-books? The demise of further booksellers? Apparently, there's an expo focused on this very question, the FutureBook Expo, and they're looking for respondents for a survey.

I decided that I found it too hard to predict - I don't want to see traditional books fade away any time soon, and am all for secondhand book shops with resident cats. Neither do I want eBooks to be a mere fad; I think they're opening up wonderful opportunities for authors.

Who knows what we'll see 10, 15, 20 years from now?

Thank you to Susan for the Versatile Blogger award! And thanks to Trisha for tagging me in a meme! Based on which I looked up meme in the OED:
"meme, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /miːm/ , U.S. /mim/
Etymology: Shortened < mimeme(see quot. 19761) < ancient Greek μίμημαthat which is imitated ( < μιμεῖσθαιto imitate: see mimesis n.), after gene n.2... Biol. A cultural element or behavioural trait whose transmission and consequent persistence in a population, although occurring by non-genetic means (esp. imitation), is considered as analogous to the inheritance of a gene."
I like the quote from 1998: "D. Brin Heaven's Reach 27 On all other dimensional planes, memes could only exist as parasites, dwelling in the host brains or mental processes of physical beings."

The questions are lots of fun:

Are you a rutabaga?
I don't even really blush or anything. Might get a little pink in the sun. Do I have leaves growing out the back of my head?

Which member of Def Leppard do you have the biggest crush on?
Well... I never really had a crush on any of these guys. Loved the band though, and almost missed the bus back from a school trip cos I was too busy buying their cassettes at a record store!

Upload a heartwarming picture of something that makes you smile.

Yes! An excuse to put my cats on the writing blog!

What were you famous for in high school?
Thinking back... Not sure... Having my nose in a book, probably.

How many people have de-friended you on Facebook?
A few here and there? I don't really pay attention to FB numbers, but sometimes my blog followers will go down by 1 and I'll wonder what I did wrong!

What is the weirdest/most disgusting job you've ever had to do?
Clean the toilet at the coffee shop where I used to work. Gak!

Where da muffin top at?
What, what? [sits up straight] I got nothin'!

Describe yourself using obscure Latin words.
Erat demonstrandum [that] ecce [author] amo [other languages]. But I took German at school, not Latin, cos they wouldn't let me take both! Ich liebe mehr Deutsch sprechen als Latin! Zan Marie, help!

For the record, I'm not entirely procrastinating. I've completed all the edits of Out of the Water on paper and just have to type them up. But I took a few days off for beta reads and copy edits of others' books - and for brain relaxation!


Michael Offutt said…
That internet tag thing sure has gone around. It's interesting how some stuff just perpetually gets circled around the blogosphere.
KarenG said…
When I lose a follower on fb or Twitter I barely notice. Meh. But on my blog?? It literally ruins my day! Silly, I know, but my blog is where I have most of ME invested.

Interesting link about the future of books and publishing. Anyone's guess right?
Carol Riggs said…
Aw, cute kittehs! Thanks for sharing your fuzzy friends. Yeah, I don't worry about Followers unfollowing me. I DO wonder if I said something stupid, but just shrug it off. Sometimes it's a glitch, on Twitter, and the system UNfollows someone, so it could just be that, too.

Thanks for your fun answers to this tag!
S.P. Bowers said…
I'm procrastinating, most definitely. I can't predict the future of publishing either. I just hope that in the future I have options of physical books AND ebooks.
It's always fun to get to know a person better :)
Anonymous said…
I used to be bitter about losing followers, but after using social media for a few years I shrug my shoulders. I don't take it personally.

It was nice getting to know you better.

Have a great weekend.
BornStoryteller said…
Hi Deniz:
Just wanted to thank you for joining The Rule of Three Writing Challenge. We are happy to have you aboard and we hope you enjoy the experience. If you have any questions, please don't be afraid to ask.

Tale Spinning
Rule Of Three Blogfest
Interesting on the expo. Everything seems to be very up in the air right now. Love the kitty photo! LOL at the muffin top response. We all need some brain relaxation sometimes.
Deniz Bevan said…
Isn't it, Michael? I liked this one cos of the rutabaga...

That's how I feel too, Karen!

A glitch, Carol? I hope not - how can I find out who I lost? I sure wouldn't want to lose someone just cos of a glitch.

I hope so for both of us, Sara!

I agree Shelly!

Hope you have a great weekend too Medeia!

Thanks Stuart! I'll be linking to it tomorrow - I hope it'll fuel creativity in the month before NaNo...

Thanks for coming by Shannon!
Liz said…
Oh I am definitely procrastinating. Thanks for your help!
Deniz Bevan said…
Glad I could help, Liz! [evil grin]
Naina Gupta said…
Toilet cleaning?! Yes that is up there with disgusting jobs.
Deniz Bevan said…
Some of the others were even funnier!

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