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Happy Publishing Anniversary, “On The Road”

Happy Publishing Anniversary, “On The Road”

From The Writer’s Almanac:

On The Road original Jack Kerouac’s beat classic “On the Road” was published on this date in 1957. It’s the mostly-true story of a cross-country hitchhiking trip Kerouac and his friend Neal Cassady took in the late 1940s. Legend — helped along by the author himself — holds that the book was the spontaneous product of a three-week writing frenzy. Actually, the book had been in the works for…

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Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley

Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, Authoress of "Frankenstein"It’s the birthday of Mary Shelley, born Mary Godwin in London on this date in 1797. Her mother — feminist advocate Mary Wollstonecraft — died of complications after giving birth to young Mary. Her father, philosopher and author William Godwin, raised her. She grew up surrounded by literary luminaries of her day, including Wordsworth and Coleridge, and she loved to write stories.

When she was 16,…

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What Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Is Reading

What Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Is Reading

Dwayne "The Rock" JohnsonI’ve been following the career of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson since his first appearance as a professional wrestler in the WWE back in 1996. Over the past 18 years he has evolved from neophyte wrestler to WWE Champion to movie star, and it’s been a blast to watch him all along the way.

So when I was reading the interview Andy Warhol conducted with “The Rock” over on Interview Magazineand saw this…

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Language Center Owner Knows Nothing About Language

Language Center Owner Knows Nothing About Language

Homophone definitionThe big story about writers this week concerns the firing of Tim Torkildson, Social Media Director for the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, Utah, for his blog post on the Language Center’s website about homophones.

Yes, homophones; words which sound alike but have different meanings and spellings and which the English language abounds in possessing. Words like “mall” and “maul” or “band”…

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"Weird Al" Yankovic’s Parody - Word Crimes

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Parody – Word Crimes

Weird-Al-Yankovic-Eat-It200pxI’ve been a fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic since I first heard “I Love Rocky Road”, his parody song of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in 1982 and, like many other fans, really, really loved his “Eat It” parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” in 1984, especially the video that seemed to be in constant play on MTV back when that channel actually played music videos.

But I have…

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Ernest Hemingway’s Seven Tips For Writing Fiction

Ernest Hemingway’s Seven Tips For Writing Fiction

Ernest_Hemingway_Writing_at_Campsite_in_Kenya325pxBeginning writers typically seek out advice from the masters of the craft to try and learn the secrets of writing successfully. Books like “On Writing” by Stephen King, “Zen in the Art of Writing” by Ray Bradbury and others are among the most-used titles on my bookshelves.

So big thanks to my brother for pointing out this site that lists Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fictionto…

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Secret Passage Bookshelves

awesome_secret_passage325pxFrom the first time I was watching some old film (I can’t remember what it might have been, but I was young and the film was in black and white, so it’s been a while) where a secret passage was revealed behind a bookshelf, I have wanted to have one for myself. That was followed by watching the 1966-1968 Batman TV series and seeing a bookshelf in stately Wayne Manor slide back to reveal poles that…

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Reading Books And Reading Magazines

Reading Books And Reading Magazines

goodreads325pxBack in January I set a goal on my Goodreads page to read 52 books this year. I’m a fast reader and if I can’t read a book a week, there’s something wrong with me. So far, I have read 18 books this year, so I am now 8 books ahead of schedule.

magazines325pxAt the end of last week I had finished my 17th book, “Off The Grid” and had planned to take a short break to try and get some writing and photography work…

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