Had to get that out first. I have completely finished reading the Bible. However, I’ve made so many notes on Revelations that I’m splitting it into two posts. I should also say that Revelations didn’t disappoint, despite me expecting it to.
I’m nearly at the end! Wohoo! This week I cover the last few tiny booklets before the biggie that is Revelations. I’m hoping I won’t need more than one week to read that, but we’ll see.
It looks like I won’t be quite done with all things biblical after that, as I have another little treasure to work through: What Does the Bible Really Teach? It’s a mini-book I picked up from the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are picketing the pavement between my bus stop and my workplace once a week. They look very friendly, always smiling, and they don’t actually approach you – they just stand there invitingly holding out their little books. So last week I accepted one. And restrained myself from asking ‘So what does the Bible really teach? Because all it’s taught me so far is an unhealthy obsession with foreskins.’
Goodness, I have nearly two pages of notes this week! Normally I don’t manage more than about one page of highly scribbly, often almost unintelligible script (buses really don’t make for the best writing tables), but I clearly had a lot to say this week. Also, this week’s theme appears to be superlative bafflement.
Yesterday my husband and I watched Thor 2 – The Dark World. The plot in this is that an evil dark elf tries to take over the universe during the alignment of the nine worlds, these nine worlds being those of Norse mythology. Afterwards I tried to note down all the worlds I knew about in Norse mythology, since I couldn’t really remember there being nine. I made it to Asgard (realm of the Aesir, or gods), Midgard (where we live), Svartalfheim (dark elf country, this being one of the ones mentioned in the film), Lysalfheim (light elf country, which is apparently just called Alfheim) and Jotunheim (home of the giants). The ones I missed were Vanaheim (home of the Vanir, or older gods), Niflheim (realm of the dead), Nidavellir (home of the dwarfs) and Muspelheim (home of fire giants and demons).
Well, I must say this week’s section was a veritable treasure trove of revelations and twisted logic. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians is boring as hell, but the First Epistle… wow.
In Dutch these books are De Eerste (en Tweede) Brief van Paulus aan de Korintiërs, with eerste meaning first and tweede meaning second. In Dutch too all these epistles are generally referred to by just the name of the people addressed.
A fairly short section this week, since I spent two days at another office, so my bag was an overnight one rather than my usual work bag, hence no Bible reading.
When I left off last week, the Acts of the Apostles had turned into The Ongoing Tales of Paul’s Preaching, but I guess that was too catchy for the Bible. After the Acts we move on to the Epistle to the Romans. In Dutch it is De Brief van Paulus aan de Romeinen, which means ‘the letter from Paul to the Romans’.
About a month ago, Amazon announced changes in the royalty distribution for the Kindle Unlimited program, and people complained. I wasn’t complaining to start with, but I’m definitely not now that I’ve read this extremely comprehensive breakdown of what difference it will make. For me personally, with three fairly hefty tomes to my name, this is an amazing improvement on my royalty returns.
I will address a variety of Kindle Unlimited math in this article:
Just how does $0.0058 per page compare with the old system?
Interpreting the value of pages read.
How to figure out what your royalty is from your KENPC.
Understanding the KENP read in your reports.
Projecting what you will earn in July.
How to make a spreadsheet to do the math for your KDP Select books.
If you haven’t read Hugh Howey’s take on the new Kindle Unlimited policy, you should. The analysis is amazing, includes several excellent points that I haven’t read elsewhere, and even has proactive suggestions for illustrated children’s authors. Hugh Howey’s article (featuring math by author Susan Kaye Quinn), makes similar comparisons between the new and old Kindle Unlimited royalties and interpretation of the value of the projected $0.0058 per page.