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I LISTEN TO WHAT I READ

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Johnathan RenshawSo far in my nearly 70 years I’ve written and published 8 books.  None of my books have enjoyed the global readership of a book I did NOT write, but edited.  I spend the vast majority of my time reading books written by literary adepts and master story-tellers.  Reading is not merely entertainment.  It is the mind and imagination of beings communicating their thoughts, memories and musings, through symbols, to others.  There are 450,000 NEW BOOKS published every year, in Kevin Hearneaddition to the millions that have accumulated since the printing press was “invented” in Europe in by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440.   Personally, I listen to audiobooks.  The combination of masterful writing combined with state of the art performance is nothing less than magic.  Since my personal interests tend to vary from esoteric to bizarre, it stick to science fiction, primarily.  However, I enjoy a good story, well told.

Benedict JackaIn modern publishing writers no longer write ONE book.  They write a SERIES of books.  This is based on the sales and marketing-driven capitalist culture that exploded in Europe a few hundred years ago.  So, lately,  I’m not reading “books”.  I’m reading a “series” 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 books!  However, when you find an author you really enjoy this is a good was to swim deeply into the ocean of a genre or universe, rather than surfing the shallow shores of television, film, or — gods forbid — social media.Jim Butcher

Here are a few of the “series” I’ve read or am reading.  Three of these books are my first voyage on the ocean of “Magic Mystery”, i.e. Druids, Mages and Wizards in the roles of  spell-casting superheros fighting an assortment of supernatural villains: to my delight and continuing enchantment! I recommend them to you.  Search the fantastic library available on Audible.com  and your favorite on-line bookstores to find your own.

LIGHT READING

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I have a Flickr gadget on my Google home page.  I type a new search word every few days to see what kind of images pop up.  This one came up under “fraction”.  Go figure….  Anyway, it’s a great image.  Many of the marvelous photographers who post their images on Flickr disable downloading.  However, because I’m a writer, and I like to read, I couldn’t resist this one by Ryan Pendleton.  I trust he will forgive my blatant promotion of his work.  See more of his work on Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pichead/

QUANTITY OR QUALITY?

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I’m not a very fast reader, but I’m a very thorough reader.  As a writer of books I learned to hard way that it is vitally important to use the exact word, in the correct context, you intend your reader to understand.

Therefore, I take care to understand each word I’m reading.  What’s the point of reading if you don’t understand — or misunderstand — what you’ve read?

When was the last time you used a dictionary?  If you don’t know the meaning of each word in the sentence, you won’t understand the sentence.  Simple.

Reading is a form of communication.  Our environment is saturated with verbal, visual, musical and printed communication.  Too much communication prevents communication. We can’t process all of it, so we begin to ignore it, reject it and treat it all the same.  When that happens we loose are ability to differential, which is our ability to reason and make rational judgements.

A good rule of thumb about reading is this “QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUANTITY“.

The “Dumbing Down of America” (and the world) is happening because we are reading more quantity, but the quality is dwindling grammatically.  The content of Twitter, television, films and popular media is diminishing our ability to evaluate the relative value and validity of information.  Are minds are literally being drowned in drivel!  The Draconian education policy of  “No Child Left Behind” is designed to drag everyone down to a level of  dim-witted incompetence.

Don’t fall for this bullshit.  Understand what you read.

Here is a great tool to measure your reading speed and comprehension:

ereader test