Friday, January 06, 2012

Where's My Yellow Highlighter?

Back in the days when word processing machines were making their debuts in offices we used to joke a lot about getting White-Out all over the screen. Today most people in offices don't even know what White-Out is/was. Now with the exploding popularity of digital readers the same thing is happening to highlighters which is a challenge for those of us who can't read without a highlighter in hand. I LOVE highlighters! I have tons of colors and when I read, for example, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, I wound up with more passages highlighted than not highlighted. And in a rainbow of colors, too.

When I bought my Kindle one of the first things I worried about was not being able to highlight and make notes but I soon discovered that you can. It's easy. You don't ever have to worry about your highlighter going dry and you can clip and save your highlighted passages in a separate file. How cool is all of this? Well, today I discovered something even more thrilling – at least for us writers. Readers can not only highlight passages they love but those highlights can be shared and, if enough people highlight the same passages, those highlights are saved on your Amazon Product Page. How really cool is this???

I was looking for something on Amazon's page for my novel Each Angel Burns when I noticed the following:
Popular Highlights
“We sculpt or write or paint what is inside of us. It is how we live with what is there, how we give meaning to our suffering.” 
Highlighted by 4 Kindle users
“According to Plato the contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings,” 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
“I believe we create because we have to,” she told him. “There is all this stuff inside of us and we either bring it out or it eats away at us until there is nothing worthwhile left.” 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

I was so excited I immediately went to The Old Mermaid's Tale and found this:
Popular Highlights
Men will always choose to do foolish things. We must thank God for giving us the means to heal from them.” 
Highlighted by 5 Kindle users
“Never give your body to a man who doesn’t love you with all his heart. It kills the soul and robs you of your beauty and your dreams.” 
Highlighted by 4 Kindle users
Sometimes all those things that we dismiss in ourselves, those things we call nonsense and romantic foolishness, are our spirit’s way of urging us in the direction we were meant to go in.” 
Highlighted by 4 Kindle users
women’s hearts are much more complicated. For us love is a way of life. It’s how we fill our days and how we plot the course of our lives.” 
Highlighted by 4 Kindle users
the people who play it safe and try to be normal are not the ones who are listening to their souls.” 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
it’s amazing how little individual men actually have to do with the choices we make in life.” 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
In the Hindu tradition the apsaras represents potential. She is an expression of the unrealized world.” 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
“To the Hindu mind not everything we imagine is meant to be. The apsaras are shown as breathtaking beauties in order to pay homage to the erotic longing of the human heart.” 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
The beauty of children, it is said, is in their innocence. The beauty of a girl is in her dreams, the beauty of a woman in her knowing. 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

Well, of course this meant I had to check all the rest of my books which proved to be anti-climactic because there was only one more book with highlights, The Crazy OldLady in the Attic. There were only 2 of them and one was curious.
Popular Highlights
Like all children who grow up without parents, over the years I have collected little tidbits of information, scraps of conversations, and store them away like bits of cloth that may someday be stitched into a crazy quilt that might somehow make sense of our lives. 
Highlighted by 4 Kindle users
Cushing Phillips was my father's best friend at Harvard and GrammyLou's attorney 
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

However, I felt very pleased and proud by this discovery. Somebody highlighted me. How very, very cool is that!?!

Thanks for reading – and highlighting!

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