Sometimes after my workout, while eating lunch, I watch a little television – very little as most of the time there’s usually nothing on but commercials. But the other day, Decoding History was on the History Channel and was currently airing program and not commercials, so I started watching. I love history. Something about Ancient Mesopotamia was said, and my interest perked up.
Then they ruined it by talking about Sumeria. They even labeled it Sumeria on a map. It’s not Sumeria, it’s Sumer. Such a basic error made me suspect of any other information they were trying to spew at me — yeah, I know, with shows like Ancient Aliens, I should be suspicious anyway.
I have no tolerance for inaccuracies in nonfiction, and I will always make a face at the mention of ‘Sumeria’ even in fiction, but am slightly more forgiving. Only slightly, though.
I threw a history book out once because in chapter one she talked about Sumeria. I refused to read the rest and figured it deserved the garbage, because that’s what it was. How can you claim to be an expert if you can’t get simple facts right? And those facts are the basis of your argument / theory? What else did you get wrong?
All’s it takes is a little fact check, and it’s so simple. Picking one book by a scholar in the field is all it takes. One! You don’t even have to read it. Peruse the titles on Amazon. Behold! Sumer!
It took me all of three seconds of a search on Amazon to pull up this title. It says SUMER. SUMER!!
Jeez! Moral: DO NOT TAKE RESEARCH OR FACTS FROM THE HISTORY CHANNEL. Go get a book from the library by a scholar in the field. Get the right facts.
My fellow Untethered Realmser, Angela Brown, is having a Reviewer Appreciation event. Between now and the end of April, if you write a review for Neverlove you can enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. The more entries she receives, the higher the value of the gift card, too. Stop by her blog for complete details by clicking here. [I so confess to lifting the wording from Laura Eno's blog]
In case you didn’t yet hear, Google is shutting down Google Reader as of July 1 this year. DON’T PANIC! There are alternatives. There’s a nice list to check out HERE I already made the switch to Feedly. Seamless as you login w/ gmail and it imports all feeds and folders, but it’ll take some adjusting. Although adding people is really easy and how the feed is seen can be changed according to tastes.
Writers4Writers is this coming Monday. The featured authors are Kyra Lennon and Angela Brown. Get ready to Tweet and FB! If you’re new to W4WS or want to join up, read about how it works and sign up HERE
Giveaways are still on for the launch of Boomtown Craze. Two different contests for ebook copies of Boomtown and one for a set of paperbacks of the Backworlds series. ENTER
Maybe you noticed I rearranged my website… again… and there’s now a ‘Giveaway‘ tab. You can click on that each month to see what’s up for grabs
Celebrating the Small Things
Friday again. Time for gratitude… Every Friday, Vicklit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author hosts the celebrate the small things blog hop.
*Although I appreciated the warmer temps this week, I didn’t appreciate the cloudy skies that have prevented me from seeing comet PanSTARRS thus far. Booo sky!
*Met with my writer gal pals this past Tuesday. With everyone who is publishing, publishing differently, we all learn a lot from these sessions. And we pass on whatever we may have learned or stumbled upon since the last month. It’s fun to have in-person interaction. Writing is rather lonely otherwise…