Diana Gabaldon’s posted an excerpt from “An Echo in the Bone”, which, fingers and everything else crossed, will be released in the fall of 2009. I really really want. Another recent post of hers touched upon scene-building – a peek into how she writes, which is fascinating indeed.
And while we’re on the subject of author blogging, Diana Peterfreund wrote about the author’s contract with the reader a while ago, specifically series conclusion. Which was, oh, a bit of a hot topic sometime back 😉 I think she makes a lot of sense, and this bodes well for the conclusion of the Secret Society series. The fourth and final book is titled “Tap and Gown”, btw, and comes out next summer. I love the title (heck, I love everything about this series) and can’t wait to read it.
Btw, I’m trialling Google’s Chrome beta browser, and wow – it’s fast. I normally use Internet Explorer (even though I’ve Firefox on my machine as well, which is supposed to beat IE hands down) but am reluctant to go back to it after just two days of using Chrome. And seriously, before I downloaded Chrome, I would never have said that speed was a deciding factor at all.
I’ve read about the privacy concerns, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t really care what info Google holds about me. I figure I use Google as my main search engine so often anyway that they probably know all there is to know about my online habits!
The bits I’m not so happy with:
(1) I would love to be able to change text size. In IE, you just click the magnifying glass at the bottom right of the screen, but it’s not possible in Chrome. I may actually have to go back to IE for websites with small text.
(2) I don’t like tabs, and I wish there was a way of having new windows open by default instead of tabs. Oh, and I don’t like how the new window opens almost directly on top of the original one when you right-click and select new window. More offsetting please. Err yes, I’m picky.
But so far, so good, and it is only a very early beta. Here’s hoping they release more features soon!