It is our delight to announce that the immediate availability of our yearly eBook volume of collected blog articles — Best of David Boles, Blogs: Vol. 8 (2017) — is now ready for download from the Amazon Kindle store!
In two-and-a-half weeks, I published eight volumes of “Best of…” books for Urban Semiotic, Go Inside, the Boles Blogs Network and a special tribute to Dr. Howard Stein. The process of peeling back the onion of my writing life over years and years was both painful and exhilarating. I discovered exactly what worked and what did not work. Here are seven of the best lessons I learned in editing eight book volumes of blog posts.
As you may know, over the past few weeks, I have been working on a “Best of…” series for the Boles Blogs Network to give you a way to find our work in the palm of your hand via Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. You may now read The Best of GO INSIDE Magazine and The Best of Urban Semiotic Volumes 1 and 2 using your Kindle, or smartphone or tablet or desktop — and now, today, you are also able to read three mighty volumes from the rest of the network in Best of Boles Blogs Volume 1, and Volume 2 and Volume 3 — all via Amazon!
Here’s the PR blurp for Volume 1:
Welcome to — “Best of Boles Blogs, Volume 1 (2007-2012)” — where we provide to you a unique, redacted and added value reading experience from the following fine blogs found in the 14-blog strong Boles Blogs Network: WordPunk, Memeingful, Celebrity Semiotic and Panopticonic. Weighing in at over 57,000 words and 155 standard typewritten pages, you are now able to read the keenest, edited, and reconstructed, works of David W. Boles in this exclusive Kindle Direct Publishing edition!
Well, that was fast! One day Volumes 1 and 2 of the “Best of Urban Semiotic” hits the virtual Kindle Direct Publishing shelves, and here we are on the same day with an all-new “The Best of Go Inside Magazine, Volume 1 (1983-2012)” magically published via Amazon Kindle Direct as well!
Here’s what happened. I have a plan for testing the viability and sustainability of “The Best of” the Boles Blogs Networks articles on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. After I submitted the Urban Semiotic volumes to Amazon for KDP publication, I immediately began redacting and condensing a GO INSIDE “Best of” series.
When I ran into some publication problems on the Amazon side that delayed the process for several days, I kept editing the GO INSIDE volume with an eye of just putting the work up for sale on the Boles Books Writing & Publishing website if it didn’t work out as a KDP book and I would charge a nominal PayPal fee for the publishing effort.
I was amazed that Amazon KDP approved and published the GO INSIDE volume within hours of submission — and so here we are!
This was a spectacular year for me, all things considered. While I didn’t particularly watch a lot of television, or see too many films, it was definitely one of the best years of my life if not the best year thusfar. Let’s see why — starting with my favorite things of the year and then moving onto why I really loved the year.
Movies and Television
I didn’t go out to the movie theater too many times this year. It wasn’t a matter of not having any interest in the films being played, but rather of having my time being taken up by actual living, so to speak. When I did get to the theater, it was only for a couple of films that I really wanted to see. A bit of a contrast with, say, the summer of 2004 when Elizabeth and I somehow managed to see practically every movie playing in the theaters.
The two films that I distinctly remember seeing in theaters were the Woody Allen film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Toy Story 3. I particularly liked You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger though, predictably, it was panned by many critics. Was it a film of tremendous substance? It certainly was not — even the film admits it in a roundabout way as it opens, referencing Macbeth who said that life was “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing…” Nevertheless, this tale was a fun one to watch.
The year was an interesting one, to say the least. It saw me relocating to a more permanent place of dwelling — my futon surfing days are over. It also saw me finding new interests in the music field, including a re-ignition for my passion for vinyl.