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Looking for an Island Retreat?

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Every time I visit naijastories.com it just seems to get better. The site is a reader’s and writer’s dream retreat island. And, if you fall into any of these categories, you would absolutely love to be stranded on naijastories.com

It is an online community for new Nigerian authors to gain recognition, connect with each other and with their audience, and for unpublished writers to showcase their creativity and penmanship.  There is ample room for writers of all genres to expose themselves to their specialised audiences, and also readers can explore some new areas of interests as the site features near everything, from poetry, fiction, short stories, non-fiction, plays, and some groups including screenwriters and script writers, Free writers, and creative writing.

Also, if you are a publisher looking to discover budding or new literary talent, then you should visit the site often. You will also be able to feel the reading audience of any particular writer to determine their sell-ability.

As far as islands go, this one is easy to get lost in . This retreat is really dense and a good, easy-to-navigate site map is desperately needed.

www.naijastories.com

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April 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

Get a Personal Assistant . . . or Doodle!

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Doodle.com is a cool internet tool that lets you manage your schedule effectively. It is great with Facebook Events and Group Chats, and for setting up meetings and other dos real quick. The way it works, let’s say you coordinate a book club that holds its meeting once a month, you simply invite your group members to participate in a poll you have created, down to the clock. For instance, you suggest the first, twenty-sixth or thirty-first day in April, and you also specify the time whether 10. 00 am or 4.30 pm. Next you send an invitation to participate in the poll via e-mail to everyone and you provide them with the Doodle link, or again let Doodle do it for you.

Doodling is how you find a date that works for everyone. You can share your calendar free/busy time with selected contacts on Doodle, too, or get the BETA page which allows your project team, business partners, co-workers and friends to see when you are available and how they can contact you.

www.doodle.com

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March 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm

The Internet has replaced commonsense!

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When I found A Bird Told Me.com I thought it was going to be some innocuous kind of place to catch up on gossips and tit bits. Alas! I was wrong! This site invites you to wash your dirty laundry in public, although it promises you can do so anonymously. It bids you ‘share your secrets online, anonymously and hidden, and get responses, viewpoints and results.’

I would tell you more about an internet porn star in his developmental stage but I didn’t stay that long enough to catch all the details. My usually adventurous spirit shied away from trying this one out but maybe you have a few skeletons dying for fresh air?

www.abirdtoldme.com

BTW, there is a cute gossipy blog by a similar title you may want to check out at http://abirdietoldme.blog.com

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March 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

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What Should I Read Next?

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What Should I Read Next?.

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March 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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What Should I Read Next?

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I stumbled upon this site by the same title. It’s a site where you can go to get suggestions for what you would like to read next based on what you have already read, and liked. You simply enter the title of a book or an ISBN number and it brings up a database of favourites entered by other readers.

To try it out I entered the title Interpreter of Maladies and surprisingly it came up in the same category as books by Edgar Allan Poe (The Murders in the Rue Morgue) and Agatha Christie (N or M?  – Tommy & Tuppence Chronology), both investigative/crime stories and both full-length novels. I could hardly see the connection with my entry and I was about to leave the site in disappointment when I also found Jeffry Archer’s A Quiver Full of Arrows, a superb short story collection. I liked the affiliation. Then, I found a completely new one to me, Small Island by Andrea Levy. This caught my attention enough for a further google search and, just like that, I had found a new Must Read.

Small Island is a novel not a short story, but it does share the award winning quality of Interpreter of Maladies, having won the Orange Broad Band Prize for Fiction, Whitbread Book/Novel of the Year, among others. Its theme also revolves around the American immigrant’s experience and I can sense the author’s empathic story voice just from reading the blurb, another quality shared with Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies.

The site makes claims to having more than 75, 000 different titles and more than a million reader recommendations. I have to concede this is definitely a useful site for picking out titles to go shopping around for, and I am on my way to the bookstores to find Small Island. I am definitely in with What Should IRead Next?

You should try it.

www.whatshouldireadnext.com

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March 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

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