Monthly Archives: December 2014

Writing Tip: The Rules of Dialogue in Writing


Reading Rainbow Time! Yuletide Edition.

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Dreaming of Dead Languages

“I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can.”
— Jack Gilbert; The Great Fires


Mi Amor

“Read a book as if you’re reading a love letter.”
— Nena


Beauty Truth; Truth Beauty

“To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”
— Gaston Bachelard


10 Holiday Gifts You Should Never Give to A Writer. . . .

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Whether they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus, ’tis the season to give your writer friends holiday gifts. There are a great many good gifts you can give a writer, but unless you’re tempted to play the Grinch this year, here are 10 holiday gifts you should never give to a writer.


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The New Yorker: Holiday Covers Through the Years


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Helen E. Hokinson’s December 3, 1932, cover of the magazine. Take a look at more holiday covers from the archive:

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H. P. Lovecraft’s Silly Christmas Poem

I Make Stories

Did you know the granddaddy of cosmic horror wrote a super cheesy Christmas poem? Well, he did! Entitled Christmas, this little poem was first published in the The Tryout magazine in November 1920. It reminds me of something you’d read inside a card, or to quote my friend Kevin, “That poem sounds like where Thomas Kinkade got all his inspiration.” He’s not wrong:

The cottage hearth beams warm and bright,

The candles gaily glow;

The stars emit a kinder light

Above the drifted snow.

Down from the sky a magic steals

To glad the passing year,

And belfries sing with joyous peals,

For Christmastide is here!

So there you go, an H.P. Lovecraft’s Christmas poem. It’s kind of… er… upbeat for him don’t you think? Big thanks to The H.P. Lovecraft Archive for the publication history. They are a great resource and I highly recommend them. I have no idea where the…

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