sábado, 30 de abril de 2011

New "job" / ¿Trabajo nuevo?

A month may have passed since I was invited to join "Book Junkies," a site where writers and/or authors exchange opinions about what they like most: the written word.
Sue Palmer, an intrepid UK reader, also created a page entitled "Book Junkie Reviews."  Guess what? This guy was swept into the brand new field of "review writing." 
What is so unique about BJR reviews?  Not much, and very much.  After reading many 5 star reviews in Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and others we observed that most just described the plot and "Oh, how nice!"
We decided to review for the author's growing benefit, not for promotion.  In fact, some of our reviews are not good for promotion but, one in particular, prompted the author to put a stop on e-sales and did a whole re-editing process.  The new version, with a new title, is worth reading..
We developed some guideliness:
- No plot descriptions { NO SPOILERS}

- No star rankings
- Always write your name as reviewer
Ask yourself:
- Why do I like/dislike the story?
- What can I say to the writer to improve.. if needed?
If you like to read and/or write, join us at Book Junkies http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_115699975172203

viernes, 8 de abril de 2011

U.S. Government Shut-Down? /Colapsa USA económicamente?

I just watched on CNN all that could happen if the U.S. government shuts down.  Armed Forces employees will not get paid, public facilities such as libraries, National parks, museums... will close for lack or payment to their staff.   Nevertheless, "necessary" services will continue: Obama will still work, War will go on, Security....   I was wondering what would happen in one of our Latin American countries if something like this would happen.  I don't think that the people would just grin and bear it!!
I, definitely, never tire of watching how all cultures differ.
ESPAÑOL
He visto en CNN una exposición sobre todo lo que puede ocurrir si el gobierno de U.S.A. colapsa económicamente.  Los soldados no recibirán salarios, asuntos públicos como las bibliotecas, parques municipales, museos... cerrarían porque sus empleados no recibirían paga. Empero, servicios "necesarios" continuarán: Obama seguirá trabajando, la Guerra continuará, la Seguridad...  Me pregunto qué pasaría si algo similar ocurriese en alguno de nuestros países Latinoamericanos.  No creo que el pueblo se lo aguantaría!
Nunca me canso de ver cómo se manejan las diferencias culturales.