Saturday, 21 March 2015

Writing - the apprentice

Gee says “The writing apprentice, when do we call ourselves a writer? ” — I recently went to a writing seminar, and as always at such events you quickly get into a discussion with fellow writers, about what you have done so far in your writing journey, and what you are p...

50 Great Novels About Madness

August says “Great list, but not all are about madness. Some great books here! RT @ResHouse: "50 Great Novels About Madness” »” — Not so much into March Madness? Well, perhaps you should look at it another way. March is the perfect month for reading books about madness -- it is a transitional time, after all, possessed of bot...

Want to Be Successful? Quit Wasting Your Brain.

Paul Keene
Paul Keene says “(A cool 5 min read) Want to Be Successful? Quit Wasting Your Brain. ” — We didn't evolve enormous brains with the capacity for complex reasoning so you can sit on your butt pondering stuff cavemen did without thinking.

8 Walt Disney Quotes That Are Actually Fake

Paul Keene
Paul Keene says “8 Walt Disney Quotes That Are Actually Fake ” — Sometimes it feels like the internet is 90 percent inspirational quotes. Albert Einstein, Gandhi, and Walt Disney are all popular sources for bite-sized nuggets of inspiration. But sometimes the quotes attributed to these people are just wrong. Like these quotes from Disney -- a man who didn't actually say, "If you can dream it, you can do it."

Word Counts - How long should your novel be?

marcia says “Word Counts - How long should your novel be?” — Before I begin  Before I get into the numbers in this post, I want to make it clear that you can write a book of any length. Nobody is prescribing how you should write, what you should write, or...

Working with the Muse

Annabelle Franklin
Annabelle Franklin says “Working with the Muse via @PukahWorks — Welcome back to my series about getting your story onto paper series.  So far, we've looked at how to actually hear your muse (here), hopefully how to meet your muse half way on where the story is ...

18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels

Oli Ashford
Oli Ashford says “"18 Perfect Short Stories That Pack More Of A Punch Than Most Novels" from @io9 — People sometimes mistake short stories for trifles, wee vignettes that are over before they start. But there's a reason why many of the best movies are based on short fiction rather than novels: a short story is just the right length to blow your mind. Here are 18 science fiction and short stories that rock our world.

Comedy is hard. I'm harder.

robert bevan
robert bevan says “New on the C&C Blog: Comedy is hard. I'm harder.” — I was asked in an interview recently about where my inspiration comes from to write comedy. My brain started making associations, leading me to remember the old adage, "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." Then I giggled at the word "hard". My brain immediately went to work again, digging through all of the files of my past memories search for further associations to make. I remembered this Orkin commercial from years ago: At the end of the commercial, he says "Ants ar…

What's Your Book Nerd Score?

D.E.Haggerty says “What's Your Book Nerd Score? — Barnes & Noble Reads” — Think you’re a book nerd? Yeah, you’re probably right. Want to know how much of a book nerd you are? We’ve got the ultimate book nerd scoring system set up for you right here.  Just go down the list below and add one point for every statement that applies to you. Add them all up to see how y

Another Day in Paradise

Ann Livi Andrews
Ann Livi Andrews says “Latest review: Another Day in Paradise by @LaurieHanan — Another Day in Paradise - Laurie Hanan This is a delightful and intriguing mystery that really makes you crave a tropical vacation. While normal mysteries tend to be on the gloomy side, Hanan's is based in Hawaii and the sunshine and vibrant colors of the land can't help but shine through her words.  I love the main character, Louise. She's fun, charming, and tackles each day with an energy that I find not only inspirational, but I'm also envious of.  The story moves along at a great pac…

Tyger Bright – AJ Reid

A. J. Reid
A. J. Reid says “An Englishman in LA” — Chloe Nichols was always turned on. Every night when she went to sleep alone was the worst time, but at least in her bed, she could bring herself to orgasm. Before this, she never knew that sexual frustration could actually become a physical pain, but every day she was... #absurd #art #arthurmiller

The Four Fundamental Forces Of Physics Explained

Merlin Corey
Merlin Corey says “Understanding the four fundamental forces of physics” — Theoretical physics is very complicated, and there is still a lot we don't know about how the universe works. Trace and Julian are here to discuss the four fundamental forces of physics, and why we're still unsure about a lot of things.

A Monk's Take

Ryan Ferries
Ryan Ferries says “A little chat with a monk. ” — As my eye was in the view finder, trying to capture this photo, someone behind me was saying something.  For just a second or two I ignored this voice, but after I took the picture I turned around ...


Nancy Baker
Nancy Baker says “Remembering MY LOVER CITY, Beirut. ▶ ◀ ”
In the spring, Ghazir, a small village of some fifty families about nine hundred feet above the sea, is a magical place. The homes are built on stone terraces that from a distance …

Two Worlds Two Men by Joy Frawley

joy frawley
joy frawley says “A world filled with folklore-Two Worlds Two Men by Joy Frawley ”
About Two Worlds Two Men by Joy Frawley: Jocelyn and Neely are having a perfectly pleasant dinner at the Sheep Heid Inn when it happens: Jocelyn suddenly finds herself sitting acr…

Killing Your Darlings - A Writer's Journey

Nat Russo
Nat Russo says “Kill your darlings isn't a cliche. It's a necessary part of becoming a great writer. ”
Reducing your word count begins with killing your darlings. You can take a manuscript from 200k words to 100k words without changing your story.

Conversation with the small dog

Sandy Jones
Sandy Jones says “Conversation with the small dog via @SCVincent
“It’s obvious, I have to say, My face adorns the book… And there are few who can resist This cheeky canine look.” “But just a mo," the writer said, “I think the book is mine…”…

Digital Age Marketing Scams:

Gregory Faccone
Gregory Faccone says “The free market is such a boon to our lives despite the occasional bad apple. So be watchful.”
~or~ A bountiful harvest of apples may still conceal a worm. The information age is changing just about everything. Few barriers now lie between content creators and the end user. …

Goodreads Giveaway for WREATHED

Scary Hippopotamus
Scary Hippopotamus says “Enter our GoodReads giveaway for WREATHED! ”
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BBC Your Story - Kim Cooper's story

Kim Cooper
Kim Cooper says “BBC Your Story - Kim Cooper's story:”
BBC Your Story is an online experience that allows users to see and share their life story, illustrated by BBC News Archive content and Facebook data.

It Happened One Morning by B. B. Wright

Barry B. Wright
Barry B. Wright says “It Happened One Morning by B. B. Wright”
It Happened One Morning A Short Story by B. B. Wright Black coffee is my elixir for the morning blahs. Definitely not a morning person, I am quite happy to hermit myself away in th…