Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Power of Books



Paper stories carve inky fingerprints on my soul,
expanding my balloon heart,
lifting it to helium heights.

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This was written in response to the Three Line Thursday challenge.



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New David Foster Wallace Centered Film

* I watched the trailer for this film, and Jason Segel’s performance drew me in. I want to see The End of the Tour in all its entirety. Jesse Eisenberg’s soft spoken narrative in the trailer was also charming. I have a good feeling about this movie. Can’t wait for it to debut.

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Writing Realities

Down to earth and inspiring. Good for any level of writer to read; a sweet reminder that doubt is natural, but don’t ever lose your passion.

Live to Write - Write to Live

I don’t know about you, but I still have a lot of fear about putting my writing out in the world.

I’m working on it, and I do put some of my writing out there, but there’s a lot of writing that I haven’t done, or haven’t shown anyone, because of my fears.

In the fall, my son will be starting school and I’ll have more time to write. So I feel a pressure to “deal with” these fears before then.

Let’s just say it’s been on my mind.

Recently, I had a conversation with a good friend of mine and I told her about the Student Showcase I performed in at ImprovBoston, in Cambridge, MA. I was talking about doing the show and all the public speaking I’d been doing and how it was scary, but putting my writing out in the world seemed scarier to me.


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[Book Nerd News] The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov

A Small Press Life

The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov [nyrb]

This is wonderful news, at least for big fans of Anton Chekhov (like me).

It is also the perfect excuse to run this photo:

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Five Fascinating Facts about Daphne du Maurier

Interesting Literature

Fun facts about Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca

1. A number of classic films owe their existence to Daphne du Maurier. Quite a few of the novels and short stories of Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) have been turned into popular films – Alfred Hitchcock was especially a fan of her work and adapted Jamaica InnThe Birds, and Rebecca for the big screen. The Nicolas Roeg film Don’t Look Now (which is now being remade) is also based on a Daphne du Maurier short story. The 1952 film My CousinRachel, starring Richard Burton, was also based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier.

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The Pull List: 5/13/2015

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Must read comics


Abe Sapien #23

Hellboy guest stars on his buddy’s book to help him investigate one of those Loch Ness Monster wannabe legends.


East of West #19

Oh crap, I feel like East of West has been missing for awhile. Glad its back. Babylon, the son of Death, thinks he is found the value of life, and it is in a mysterious place called “The Dead Wood.”


Five Ghosts Special #1

The solicitation says this will explore the mythology of the Five Ghosts world, which I think might mean explaining the origins of the Dreamstone.


Harrow County #1

A new horror story that got a Mike Mignola stamp of approval. It is about a girl who finds out on her 18th birthday that she has a connection to the creatures and ghosts that inhabit the forest that surrounds her home.


Injection #1

Warren Ellis’ new multi-genre story about 5…

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The Problem With Writing About Feminism

Countless beautiful stories have erupted from people who are brave enough to share their feminist experiences. Dialogue is powerful, a weapon that is more deadly the more you sharpen it—but try to break a glass ceiling by “sharing experiences” and you’ve got another thing coming.

It takes more than writing about feminism experiences to change the system. It takes action.

In 50 Shades of Feminism, 50 authors share brief accounts of what feminism means to them. While a plethora of sharp-witted and fearless stories, the book lacks activism. Author and politician Lynne Featherstone suggests at the end of her piece,“Where there are no laws we must fight for them to be properly enforced. And where there is violence we must end impunity. Women across the world need economic empowerment, land and property rights, fairness, justice and freedom from violence.”


One hundred percent aboard the Featherstone train to…

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Fighting Prejudice One Issue At A Time

~ HIV+ blood mixed with regular ink and, suddenly, we have a revolution on our hands. Personally, I think this idea is not only bold, but makes the right statement. It’s time to stop living in fear of those affected by HIV/AIDS. True, we do live in more accepting times, however, the stigma still remains. If it didn’t then why are so many people in an uproar about what Vangardist Magazine did? Just food for thought.

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An Elementary Tour for Us All

~ Geek and Sundry recently posted an article detailing the more notable locals any Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fan or Sherlock Holmes buff would love to see. The tour is not only chalk full of neat facts, but it’s one of character too. Each site is colorful, entertaining and charming. Take the virtual trip of a lifetime here:

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