Monthly Archives: September 2014

How It Feels to Read Epic Poetry

The Undecided

File_Washington_Allston_002.jpg_-_Wikipedia__the_free_encyclopediaParadise Lost, The Divine Comedy, The Faerie Queene, The Aeneid, Gilgamesh, Mahabharata. You name it, and the process went like this.

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by RaymondMottl

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Write Up

“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth…. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words and they backhand them across the net.”
— E.B. White


Free to Choose

“Leaving any book store is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colourful warmth. It’s hard to leave a book store any day of the year, though, because a book store is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them.”
— Jane Smiley (born 26 September 1949)


When is a book finished?

Simon Dillon Books


I’ve read a lot of posts on other writing blogs – some of them excellent – on how vitally important it is to keep polishing work prior to submission to agents and publishers, or prior to publication if you are self-publishing. The underlying message is that however ready you might think your work is, the chances are it isn’t ready yet.

All of which is well and good, but there does come a point when tinkering is only going to make the writing worse. The trick is to know when that point is.

I think the answer is somewhat complex, as there are so many levels on which writing needs to be polished – story, characters and dialogue for starters. That’s before getting into the really detailed edit of making sure it reads well, eliminating unnecessary words and repetition, making sure adjectives are used not too much or little, eliminating…

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Flirting With Hamlet: A What If Texting Conversation

ophelia: hamlet you manipulated me into an emotional breakdown and then felt me up in public at the weird play you wrote about your dad, in front of my dad

hamlet: haha and then what 😉

ophelia: hamlet, you murdered and dismembered my father

hamlet: haha and then what 😉

ophelia: im going to drown myself while you fuck around with pirates for some reason

hamlet: 😉

* Not a humorous literary joke of mine. Found this gem on tumblr. Kudos to whomever created this joke.

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A Verb


(via victoriousvocabulary:)



1. to read.

2. to gather up.

Etymology: German, from Middle High German lesen, from Old High German lesan, from Proto-Germanic Proto-Germanic *lesaną, “to gather”, from Proto-Indo-European *les-, *leg-, “to gather”.

[Anna-Maria Jung – Silence in the Library]

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