Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pressed for Art?

My SIL Kate was here last weekend for the Fargo Marathon, and although I haven't specifically talked about it here, we did watch her and my brother Dave (not the brother she's married to - that's brother Aaron, and he ran the half marathon) run by, Dave much faster than anticipated, and Kate rather slower, due to unforeseen circumstances. We were all glad she was able to finish healthy and happily, regardless.

Kate (finally!) updated her blog with her recap of the race, which you should go read.

Also, as we were chatting about our blogs (after which David so nicely said, "If I hear the word blog again, I'm going to hang myself!) she mentioned that her traffic had gone up drastically lately. After googling herself, she figured out why: her art was featured on one of Martha Stewart's blogs! Yee HAW! Here's the link - it's really quite the mention. Hopefully this leads to lots & lots of orders. I'm hoping to make a couple myself after we find the house of our dreams. Assuming it exists somewhere other than in those dreams.


Noel said...

WARNING: Academic sounding prose ahead...

Well it looks like I shouldn't be holding my breath for David to start a blog to finish out the blog network I consider "The Chronicles of Lyz".

When I last taught CS 489 Social Implications of Computers in 2000 at NDSU, I had an English masters student as a TA who was interested in hyperthreading (aka "links") to create literary pieces where the author could create different paths for readers to follow. He went on to do his PhD on the topic. Interested in what character A did after the marathon? Click here. For character B, click here. Now that Web 2.0 and blogs have arrived, multiple authors provide their perspectives in serialized real life. Pretty cool.

So 175 years ago, we have Austen, and [author of Bramford] and Dickens writing their serialized fictional stories based on their life experiences, social issues of the day, and settings of the day. Readers would eagerly await each installment. Wide distribution was dependent on having sufficient capital to print, transport, and sell content. So it was with radio in the early 20th century and TV in the late 20th century. Now with Web 2.0, global distribution is free and the pens of modern day Janes, Ruths, Aarons, jj and ejs etc (but not Davids) provide enjoyable non-fictional reading. It will be interesting to compare the interval between Jane Austen's first book being published and it's inclusion in a college literature course and Lyz or another moder-day Jane's blog neighborhood being assigned in a 21st century modern lit course.

END OF ACADEMIC PROSE. We now return you to more pleasantly written comments, already in progress.

nydampress said...

Thanks Liz for the mention! Martha and I are totally BFF now (just kidding!).
It was good to see you and the kiddies in 3D last week!