Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Sometimes art can't be monetized


I have read the post Doing what you love (but maybe you can't get paid for it) by Seth Godin and I found it interesting.

Doing what you love (but maybe you can't get paid for it)

[I wrote this five years ago. As you plan the magical things you will do next year, I thought it was worth reconsidering:]

The thing is, it's far easier than ever before to surface your ideas. Far easier to have someone notice your art or your writing or your photography. Which means that people who might have hidden their talents are now finding them noticed...

That blog you've built, the one with a lot of traffic... perhaps it can't be monetized.

That non-profit you work with, the one where you are able to change lives... perhaps turning it into a career will ruin it.

That passion you have for graphic art... perhaps making your painting commercial enough to sell will squeeze the joy out of it. When what you do is what you love, you're able to invest more effort and care and time. That means you're more likely to win, to gain share, to profit. On the other hand, poets don't get paid. Even worse, poets that try to get paid end up writing jingles and failing and hating it at the same time.

Read all the piece of news by clicking here.

Monday, 26 November 2012

This Blog

This blog will be updated in December.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Music from Guns N' Roses, Azure Ray, Wyclef Jean and Tom Waits

Guns N' Roses - November Rain

Azure Ray - November

Wyclef Jean - Gone Till November

Tom Waits - November

Monday, 22 October 2012

Everything But The Girl, Hayley Westenra, Joan Baez,...

Beulah - Stay

Joan Arnatrading - The Weakness In Me

Joni Mitchell - Two Grey Rooms

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Vídeo: Black & White (in Colour)

Created by Eran Amir.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Short film: Validation

Title: Validation
Writer/Director/Composer: Kurt Kuenne
Starred by TJ Thyne and Vicki Davis

Monday, 15 October 2012

Diana Krall, Texas, Lucie Silvas,...

Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow

Katie Mlua - Faraway Voice

Diana Krall - Cry Me A River

Monday, 8 October 2012

Evanescence and James Taylor

Evanescence - October

James Taylor - October Road

Friday, 5 October 2012

Short film: Tears of Steel

Title: Tears of Steel
Producer: Ton Roosendaal
Director and Writer: Ian Hubert
Director of Photography: Joris Kerbosch
Composer: Joram Letwory

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Dina Goldstein's In The Dollhouse

Dina Goldstein's In The Dollhouse
Photographer Dina Goldstein has imagined the life of Barbie and Ken together. From the outside, they seem the perfect couple, who live in a dream house and they live happily ever after. But from the inside, Barbie notices that Ken is not the macho she thought and Ken struggles to know his sexuality.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Jamie Cullum, Alicia Keys, Robbie Williams,...

Usher - Scream

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

Jamie Cullum, Carlos Sadness, Frank T, Nita - Everything You Didn't Do

Robbie Williams - Candy

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

How to Use Twitter for Journalists and Newsrooms


Twitter Best Practices for Journalists and Newsrooms is a study in which more than 150 journalists have take taken part. The study is divided in 4 parts (recommendations):

      1. Tweet your beat. A journalist who posts a certain number tweets in a short period of time, can see a relevant increase of followers.
      2. Use hashtags. #Hastags are important so readers can know better its context and engage themselves to the account.
      3. Share what you’re reading. A good tweet with an URL included make the manager account influence its followers and build a certain confidence and engagement.
      4. @Cite your sources. As journalists practices, they cite their sources. @Mentions are useful because of the reconginition of the authors' informations. In addition, the Twitter acount may have a growth of followers.

Read the study by clicking here.

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Pink, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift,... Music on Shining Desk

Pink - Blow Me

The Wanted - Chasing The Sun

Maroon 5 - Payphone

Monday, 17 September 2012

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Apple fanatic


Monday, 10 September 2012

Rainbow... Music on Shining Desk

Rainbow - I surrender

Rainbow - The Temple Of The King

Rainbow - Kill the King

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012

Alabama 3, Nancy Sinatra, Nina Simone,... Music on Shining Desk

Alabama 3 - Woke Up This Morning

Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang

Nina Simone - Feeling Good

Monday, 23 July 2012

Deep Purple. Music on Shining Desk

Smoke on the Water

Perfect Strangers

Woman from Tokyo

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Quotes about books

"A house filled with books is a good place to live."

Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.
(Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child)

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
(Groucho Marx)

Monday, 2 July 2012

Friday, 22 June 2012

Ken Follett's new novel: Winter of the World

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. USA release. Shining Desk Winter of the World by Ken Follett. UK release. Shining Desk

Títle: Winter of the World
Author: Ken Follett
Synopsis: Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-twentieth century.

Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

Lloyd also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler – but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence.

The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.

At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert – amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists.

Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Marian Keyes' new novel: The Mystery of Mercy Close

The Mystery of Mercy Close by marian Keyes. Shining Desk

Títle: The Mystery of Mercy Close
Author: Marian Keyes
Synopsis: “I employ this thing I called The Shovel List.”

“A shovel..?”

“No, a shovel list. It’s more of a conceptual thing. It’s a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel.”

Helen Walsh doesn’t believe in fear – it’s just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good job – and yet she’s sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced.

Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case. Money is tight – so tight Helen’s had to move back in with her elderly parents – and Jay is awash with cash. The missing person is Wayne Diffney, the ‘Wacky One’ from boyband Laddz. He’s vanished from his house in Mercy Close and it’s vital that he’s found – Laddz have a sell-out comeback gig in five days’ time.

Things ended messily with Jay. And she’s never going back there. Besides she has a new boyfriend now, the very sexy detective Artie Devlin and it’s all going well, even though his ex-wife isn’t quite ‘ex’ enough and his teenage son hates her. But the reappearance of Jay is stirring up all kinds of stuff she thought she’d left behind.

Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she’s never even met.

Utterly compelling, moving and very very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is unlike any novel you’ve ever read and Helen Walsh – courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued – is the perfect heroine for our times.

Relesae date: September 13th, 2012

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Blog update

This blog will be updated in 2 weeks time.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Amber Dermont debuts with her novel The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont. Shining Desk
Title: The Starboard Sea
Author: Amber Dermont
Synopsis: JASON PROSPER grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender, awkward, deeply emotional relationship.

When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason’s life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.

Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, The Starboard Sea is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness. It is a powerful and provocative novel about a young man finding his moral center, trying to forgive himself, and accepting the gift of love.

Book Review published on The New York Times

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

The 10 best love letters chosen by The Guardian

Love letters by The Guardian. Shining Desk

The 10 best love letters
Celebrate Valentine's Day with this rundown of passionate outpourings across the centuries, as chosen by Andrea Clarke, author and British Library curato.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

What to read on Valentine's Day. Stories by Lara Adrian, Kate Alcott and Richard Mason

Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian. Shining Desk
Title: Darker After Midnight
Author: Lara Adrian
Synopsis: The climactic novel in Lara Adrian’s New York Times bestselling Midnight Breed series—and her hardcover debut—Darker After Midnight invites readers to enter a thrillingly sensual world where danger meets desire.

In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

At the center of the Order’s quest is Sterling Chase, once a morally rigid enforcer of Breed law, now a warrior fallen from grace, whose biggest battle is the one he wages against his own savage nature. With addiction beckoning him toward eternal darkness, Chase’s path to redemption has never seemed more out of reach. But when his eyes meet those of Tavia Fairchild, a beautiful witness who identifies him at the scene of a mission gone terribly wrong, Chase finds himself drawn to the woman—and convinced she is something much more than she seems.

Pulled into a vortex of intrigue and danger she can neither resist nor understand, Tavia is uncertain whom to trust. And while everything sane and logical warns her against getting close to Chase, she cannot deny that the handsome, deeply haunted male stirs something primal and ravenous within her. But even as she surrenders to her cravings, nothing can prepare her for the shattering truth of who—and what—she truly is.

As the Order’s enemy mobilizes for the battle of the ages, Dragos and his Minions unleashing a hell on Earth like nothing ever seen before, Chase and Tavia are thrust into the heart of the violence. With time running out and the streets running red with the blood of innocent lives, both Breed and human, together Chase and Tavia must find a way to defeat Dragos once and for all—or die trying.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott. Shining Desk
Title: The Dressmaker
Author: Kate Alcott
Synopsis: Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.

Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy. Others—including the gallant Midwestern tycoon—are not so lucky.

On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.

History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason. Shining Desk
Title: History of a Pleasure Seeker
Author: Richard Mason
Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of The Drowning People (“A literary sensation” —The New York Times Book Review) and Natural Elements (“A magnum opus” —The New Yorker), an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe’s belle époque, written in the grand tradition with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.

The novel opens in Amsterdam at the turn of the last century. It moves to New York at the time of the 1907 financial crisis and proceeds onboard a luxury liner headed for Cape Town.

It is about a young man—Piet Barol—with an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. Piet’s father is an austere administrator at Holland’s oldest university. His mother, a singing teacher, has died—but not before giving him a thorough grounding in the arts of charm.

Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe’s leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on Amsterdam’s grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets—and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him.

History of a Pleasure Seeker is a brilliantly written portrait of the senses, a novel about pleasure and those who are in search of it; those who embrace it, luxuriate in it, need it; and those who deprive themselves of it as they do those they love. It is a book that will beguile and transport you—to another world, another time, another state of being.

Monday, 23 January 2012


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