- I make no guarantees you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
- What I create will be just for you, with love.
- It'll be done this year (2009).
- I won't give you any clue as to what it will be. It'll be something made in the real world and not something virtual. It may be weird or beautiful. It may be monstrous and annoying. I may even bake something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something strange.
- In return, all you need to do is post this text into your own blog and make five things for the first five to respond to your post. Be sure to include the link to your blog when you comment on this post.
- Email me with your mailing address to receive your gift!
- Once I have my five people, I'll post it on my blog.
31 March 2009
Twitter — a microblogging tool that uses 140 characters in bursts of text — has become an important marketing tool for celebrities, politicians and businesses, promising a level of intimacy never before approached online, as well as giving the public the ability to speak directly to people and institutions once comfortably on a pedestal.
But someone has to do all that writing, even if each entry is barely a sentence long. In many cases, celebrities and their handlers have turned to outside writers — ghost Twitterers, if you will — who keep fans updated on the latest twists and turns, often in the star’s own voice.
Because Twitter is seen as an intimate link between celebrities and their fans, many performers are not willing to divulge the help they use to put their thoughts into cyberspace.
30 March 2009
National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.
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10 March 2009
- You're writing a script instead of prose. It can be a stage play, TV show, screenplay, radio show, or skit for your neighbor's kids. Whatever. But it's a script.
- Instead of counting words, you're counting pages. ScriptFrenzy is a lot easier. Instead of writing 50,000 words, you write 100 pages of script. And let me tell you, 100 pages of script is nothin'. After all, you can take up half a page with just a few lines of dialogue. Last year, I did it in about four days, and I was working outside the house full time.
08 March 2009
The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves' garden do not bloom, Pecola's life does change--in painful, devastating ways.With its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child's yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment, The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrison's most powerful, unforgettable novels--and a significant work of American fiction.
- Those seeking employment and financial stability can find what they need to care for themselves and their families.
- Those who are losing their homes to foreclosure can find a warm, safe place to stay.
- Those observing Lent are finding ways to strengthen their faith every day.
06 March 2009
03 March 2009
[...H]ere's what's going to happen in the digital era: anyone will be able to publish their book, and there will be no distribution barrier. The same eBook stores that stock Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown will stock, well, you. Readers will be the ones who decide what becomes popular. There will be no intermediary. It will be just as easy to buy a book by you as it will be to buy the HARRY POTTER of the future. Your book will be just a few keystrokes away from everyone with an internet connection (and their tablet/eReader/iPhone/gizmo/whatchamacallit of the future).
Just think about it: no wondering how in the world your book is going to find its way past a publisher into a bookstore. No more print runs! No one will be doomed by a publisher and bookstores underbetting on their success. No more bottleneck. No more que......... well, there will always be queries. Sorry!
Books will finally be able to live and die by, well, themselves, not by the best guesses of the publishing industry.
02 March 2009
Today is the anniversary of Ted Seuss Geisel's birth. Were he living, he'd be 105 years old.
01 March 2009
- Get back to working on the coffee house book every day (at least two hours). There's lots to be done, and I've left it for far too long.
- Set aside at least thirty minutes each day to scribble in my writing journal. It can be a character sketch, the description of a random setting, bits of dialogue, whatever.
- Update writing portfolio to include some recent projects.