I have a couple of links to share with you today, the first of interest to, well, anyone and everyone, really, and the second for the writers among you.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Hey, I wonder how I might go about adding the sound of a beer can being kicked around the street at 3:00 a.m.to my blog without running the risk of having the interwebby police bind and shackle me for copyright infringement”? Oh, come on, stop shaking your head. Of course you have. Who hasn’t?
And I’m sure you’ve also racked your brains for ways to regale your faithful blog readers with the clickety-clack-down-the-straight-line-track* sound of the daily train from Slavutich to Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. “If only,” you must have said to yourself with a wistful furrowing of your brow, “If only I could do this without ripping off the sound files from my favourite Chernobyl documentary or hopping on a plane to Russia with a suitcase full of recording equipment.”
Well, I’m happy to tell you that you can save the airfare and put the money aside for the that 22.5 carat gold crate your unutterably adorable little pocket dog has been coveting. You will be delighted to know that there is a fabulous repository of Creative Commons licensed sounds available for you to use as auditory decorations for your blog or to share via obnoxious emails and texts with your nearest and dearest as you see fit. Freesound.org can provide you with all manner of audio files from the sound of rain falling on an umbrella, to an old dog snoring, to wind blowing down a chimney.
Of interest to writers:
I don’t know about you, but I tend to find Goodreads just a tad overwhelming. So many groups and lists, so many people wanting to connect, so much email exploding into your inbox. What’s a person to do? Well, mostly I just ignore it and hope that some day all will become clear.
That day has come. Rinelle Grey just posted a handy dandy primer on Being an Author on Goodreads. Some of the information is a bit premature for me, since I haven’t published yet, but when I get there, I’ll definitely be revisiting this clear, concise and informative post.
One of the things I love about Rinelle is her tact. Embedded in this article are several hints on how to comport oneself on Goodreads so as not to come across as an arrogant putz, but she frames these hints with such gentle diplomacy that no one could possibly take offence. If you’re a published (or soon to be published) author and are still trying to make sense of Goodreads, I urge you to pay Rinelle a visit.