Monday, 28 January 2013

Snail mail isnt over it?

So today in New Zealand, our national postal service has announced it may cut delivery of mail so that it doesn't happen everyday. To be clear, it already doesn't happen every day - Sundays are mail free, and many public holidays are too. What they mean is that they may cut down the delivery even further so we only get mail on three days a week. Three days a week!

Now, I don't get a huge amount of mail. Well certainly not much personal mail. But when I do get it, I love it. I love to open the envelope, the package (my mother in law still sends parcels wrapped in brown paper and tied with string - awesome) and unfold the carefully crafted contents at my leisure, preferably over a cup of tea. Would I miss out if this only happened on three days a week? Hmmm, I don't know. Maybe not. But the concept that we could be heading towards a truly digital scenario where there are NO MORE POSTED LETTERS, is that alarming to anyone? Of course, that's not what NZ Post are saying, and they've been quick to say that this is just a proposal, not a done deal. But it's pretty amazing that mail is declining so much that they are even suggesting this in the first place. When I look through my trunk of stuff - yes I have a trunk of stuff, literally, I still love to pour over some of the letters I've kept, the journals Ive written, and the hand written love notes of ex boyfriends. The idea of printing off a bunch of just aint the same.

Some people will, no doubt, discuss the change towards ereaders, and other mobile devices, making snail mail obsolete. And we do rely more and more on email, it's true. So what do you think? Would you be sad to see your letterbox turned into a birdhouse, or do you want the love letters to keep on posting?

x Michele

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Year, New News

2013. Man, how did that happen? It's been a good one, Mr One turned...umm one. My life as a romance novelist began and I e-met a whole bunch of fab readers and writers who I can now call e-friends...I guess?
I had thought to share my lack of New Year's Resolutions, all the basking in the sun I achieved, the books I read, the champagne I managed to soak up as if by magic. But instead I get to squee with some fab New Year's News, courtesy of Entangled Publishing. The fab international rights team there have sold The Boss and Her Billionaire to the Greek market! It'll be in print and digital format, which is fun too. Now all I have to do is learn some greek....hmmm anyone say Agápe...

With that news, I think I'll hold off waxing lyrical about the sun, the sea and the surf, which have filled my days this last week - yep, I actually had a holiday - not even any cellphone reception. I'm off to get back to writing. Nothing like a burst of good news to remind us what we're passionate about and thus why we do what we do. Thanks for stopping by!
x Michele

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