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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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Tips To Help You Read More Each Day

Tips To Help You Read More Each Day

If you’re like me, you like to read. I mentioned a few days ago that having all day to read would be great. But realistically, most of us very seldom have an entire day to devote to reading.

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However, finding ways to increase the time we have each day to read IS possible. Over at Make Use Of, Saikat Basu has offered up “10 Surprisingly Simple Time Hacks For Reading More Every Day” for our perusal.

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Books: Analog Vs. Digital

Books: Analog Vs. Digital

What kind of book is better? A hardcopy book you can hold in your hand, place on a shelf, feel the pages turn, loan to a friend, and use a cool bookmark to hold your place of where you left off reading? Or an e-book you can download immediately, load on your e-reader (with multiple other e-books, all in the same amount of “space” as your reader), keep with you at all times, pay less (though not…

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Do You Listen To Audio Books?

Do You Listen To Audio Books?

audio_book200pxIf you’re reading this blog I assume you’re a reader of books, but my question today is “Do you listen to audio books?”

I have never listened to audio books and though I have often considered it, I really never thought I would do so. I know a lot of people use audio books on long drives, but I always thought I’d get so involved in listening to the story that I would have minimal attention on my…

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