31 October 2008
28 October 2008
Here are the rules for the game.
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they've been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
27 October 2008
26 October 2008
- Read En Tequila Es Verdad for your daily dose of a "fountain of liberal rage."
- Check your email.
- Make and drink a pot of coffee.
- Rewrite your to do list with nicer handwriting.
- Better yet, you should do it in Microsoft Word, then print it out.
- Add to your to do list.
- Make sure your books are still alphabetized by author's last name.
- Visit the forums for NaNoWriMo.
- Update your status on Facebook to say "NP is not scribbling."
- Vacuum the living room.
- Play fetch with the cat (yes, one of my cats plays fetch).
- Make Thanksgiving plans.
- Rework your NaNo outline.
- Adjust the font and margins of your NaNo novel.
- Play the Expert level of Minesweeper until you win twice in a row.*
- Do some early Christmas shopping online.
- Print your NaNo outline to put in a folder since you're trying to be more organized.
- Check your word count.
- Watch Law & Order to get character ideas. (Don't worry about what day or time it is; L&O is always on somewhere.)
- See if any of your NaNo buddies are on AIM.
- Do some laundry.
- Gaze out the window.
- Stare at a wall.
- Look for writerly Christmas gifts online that you might want.
- Start a NaNo scrapbook to document your life in November.
- Go through your story and find ways to pad the word count (omitting contractions, changing all hyphens to spaces, lengthening lists like this one, adding mundane details that border on purple prose, etc.).
- Take a quick little nap to recharge yourself.
- Check the time to see how much more writing time you have.
- Watch the cat sleep.
- Play Mahjong Solitaire.
- Fill out an email survey and email it to everyone in your address book.
- Add page numbers to your story.
- Take the page numbers out.
- Add a title page.
- Add an Acknowledgements page.
- Add an "About the Author" page.
- Create an interview that could be included in the paperback edition.
- Come up with lists for your blog.
24 October 2008
23 October 2008
22 October 2008
21 October 2008
20 October 2008
19 October 2008
17 October 2008
16 October 2008
We live in a tumultuous time all around, with the economy sinking and technology continuing to change habits and proclivities....Have you noticed a change in how you buy books? Do you buy fewer? More? New/used? Do you buy them online or in bookstores?
15 October 2008
14 October 2008
12 October 2008
The online game that Mr. Haarsma designed not only extends the fictional world of the novel, it also allows readers to play in it. At the same time, Mr. Haarsma very calculatedly gave gamers who might not otherwise pick up a book a clear incentive to read: one way that players advance is by answering questions with information from the novel.
In the first half of this year, the New York Public Library hosted more than 500 events, drawing nearly 8,300 teenagers. In Columbus, Ohio, nearly 5,500 youngsters have participated in more than 300 tournaments at the public library this year.
09 October 2008
the process, or product, of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer. Practitioners say that the writer's hand forms the message, with the person being unaware of what will be written. In some cases, it is done by people in a trance state. Other times the writer is aware (not in a trance) of their surroundings but not of the actions of their writing hand.
Psychology professor Théodore Flournoy investigated the claim by 19th century medium, Hélène Smith (Catherine Müller) that she did automatic writing to convey messages from Mars in Martian language. Flournoy concluded that her "Martian" language has a strong resemblance to Ms. Smith's native language of French. Flournoy concluded that her automatic writing was "romances of the subliminal imagination', derived largely from forgotten sources (for example, books read as a child)." He invented the term cryptomnesia to describe this phenomenon."Skeptics consider automatic writing to be little more than a parlor game, although sometimes useful for self-discovery and for getting started on a writing project."
The basic principle of automatic writing is to place yourself into a meditative state while seated in a position in which you can write--at your desk, at a computer, or with a pad in your lap. Ask a deity, power, or inner force for wisdom, and then simply begin writing. (89)
08 October 2008
Generally, if they're casual when we first contact them, they're casual in their work ethic, too. We don't have time to mess around with missed deadlines or sloppy work. If they're professional when we first contact them, we're much more likely to take them seriously and work with them.
05 October 2008
Though Banned Books Week ended on October 4, there is no reason to abandon the fervor people seem to have against censorship!
According to the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, the United States is currently ranked 48th in the world in terms of press freedom. Certain forms of speech, such as obscenity and defamation, are restricted in major media outlets by the government or by the industry on its own. However, in general freedom of speech is considered an integral American value, as protected by the First Amendment to the United States constitution.
The existence of free speech zones is based on U.S. court decisions stipulating that the government may regulate the time, place, and manner—but not content—of expression.
03 October 2008
02 October 2008
Please, please, please visit my other blog to read my post about National Domestic Violence Awarenes Month.