Category Archives: Transliteracy

Publishing a Kindle book, and then a paperback too

Thousands of people have published their own Kindle books and then blogged about the process. I decided to do the same. But this is in no way a definitive guide. It’s just a list of bits of information I picked up along the way and thought ‘that’s useful, I wish I’d known it before’. I’ve added on some notes about a later decision to produce a print-on-demand paperback too.

This is the book I’m discussing – Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

Some parts of the process of publishing a Kindle are surprisingly unintuitive, whilst other parts are easier than you think. But at the start you can only know what you know. After that, you learn as you go along. These are my learnings. I hope they’re helpful to you. Continue reading Publishing a Kindle book, and then a paperback too

20 years since the founding of trAce. Do you remember the Noon Quilt?

In May 1995 I was teaching creative writing in the English Department at Nottingham Trent University when, quite unexpectedly, I fell into the internet. That moment redirected the course of my life, and the most instrumental part of that change was the birth of the trAce Online Writing Community.

trAce was born at the cusp of a new world. The Internet was 26 years old by then but the World Wide Web was still very new. Continue reading 20 years since the founding of trAce. Do you remember the Noon Quilt?

Storying Cyberspace: Narratives and Metaphors in ‘Real Lives, Celebrity Stories’

real_livesReal Lives, Celebrity Stories: Narratives of Ordinary and Extraordinary People Across Media
Eds: Julia Round and Bronwen Thomas
Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

I have a chapter in this interesting new collection edited by my colleagues in The Media School at Bournemouth University, Julia Round and Bronwen Thomas. Real Lives, Celebrity Stories collects research from published and experienced professionals, practitioners and scholars who discuss narratives of real people across cultures and history and in multiple media. It uses narrative theory to interrogate the processes by which we create, promote and consume these stories of real people, and the ways in which we construct our own stories of self. By bringing together different disciplines it offers a theory of the production(s) of self in public spaces such as television, cinema, comics, fan cultures, music, news media, politics and cyberspace.

My chapter is called ‘Storying Cyberspace: Narratives and Metaphors’. Cyberspace has given rise to many new terms. A surprising number of them, such as “information superhighway” and “surfing the internet,” are rooted in real-world metaphors which have been re-purposed for the digital. This practice seems to have evolved from the imperative to make sense of the new and highly abstract experience of being online by seeking comparable experiences in the physical world. This essay tracks the history of the cyberspace metaphor and considers its impact on the narrative of our lives online.