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apostasy, liminality, kindles and ouchiness

One of the things that has been occupying my attention for a little while has been the idea of apostasy; which the Free Dictionary defines as: a·pos·ta·sy (-pst-s)

n. pl. a·pos·ta·sies

Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.

I am primarily interested from a writing point of view, and am having some fun exploring the idea of apostasy and the philosophical and emotional ramifications. As you may be aware from (much) earlier posts I am also somewhat obsessed with the concept of liminality, and the combination of the two is throwing up some interesting ideas for me play with.

Especially when it all takes place within a love story.

Happy days. Happy writing.

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I bought the Kindle 3 recently and am, surprisingly, very much taken with it. Whilst the UI is functional, the keyboard rubbish and management system as basic as you could get, the actual experience and ease with which you can load and read ebooks is brilliant.

As a portability option (for the to and fro to work, travelling and days away) it is unparalleled, negating the need to carry one or more books about with me, having the capacity to store up to 3500 ebooks.

Owning a Kindle is not, by any means, going to reduce my book buying, or the number of physical books purchased. In the same period of ownership I have purchased some 26 paper and hardbacks, and have supplemented these by the odd purchase of virtual editions of favourites, converted epubs from my Palm days and many free ebooks.

So, in all, I think my spend will go up slightly, and will certainly become more considered.

There are some serious questions to be asked about the pricing and marketing of ebooks (it is poor on both counts) and how this knocks on to the sales of physical books and royalties for authors. At the moment I am finding the ebook buying experience slightly off-kilter and not entirely pleasurable. I guess the reason is that ebooks come across as a common commodity, and yet physical books seem to be marketed (online) with the same passion and imagination as their in-store counterparts.

I have been absolutely fascinated by the number of people on my Twitter stream whom have received or purchased the Kindle over the Christmas period. Far more than I would have guessed (and I am sure not all of those who have one have tweeted about it) and it seems to have had much more of a psychological impact than the iPad did (once beyond the initial shiny-shiny stage).

If you are interested and would like to know more about it Matt Gibson has a great, in depth review of the Kindle 3 over here.

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I had my first physio session with James Ross Healthcare yesterday, which happens to be round the corner from me and was highly (and persistently) recommended to me by Anne-Marie.

As suspected, I am suffering from issues with my tibialis anterior, namely the previously mentioned anterior compartment syndrome, which means there isn't enough space within the sheath surrounding the muscle to allow it to expand when exercised. Leading to the ouch and the ow and the frustration of the last few weeks. The physio (James) suspects this has arisen from my musculature (glutes and quads) not absorbing enough of the impact when I run; so I have exercises to strengthen/stretch those, and to ease the anterior tibialis itself, along with lots of deep tissue self-massage.

It is also the first time I have had acupuncture (which I have always wanted to try) and it certainly seemed to help ease the muscle, prior to a painful deep massage of the muscle itself.

No running for me for at least another week, and full recovery isn't really expected for another 5-6 weeks. Fingers crossed. I have a half-marathon to run at the end of March...

On that note, I have pretty much decided to sign up for the Loch Ness Marathon at the end of October. Barring injuries, that should give me enough time to train for it. So if any of you would like to join me...

2011...

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