Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - 'The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Ar
"The hero's journey beckons to an established author..."Hilari Bell is a store favorite author here. HerFarsala and Shield, Sword, and Crown trilogies have been go-to handsells for me for many years. They are evergreen titles for us. I was very interested therefore to get an email from her recently regarding her Knight and Rogue series which informed me that…“HarperCollins published The Last Knight, and two more of Fisk and Michael’s adventures, and they garnered such loyal fans that I decided to embark on an adventure of my own—I’m taking the rest of the Knight & Roguebooks indie!
Hilari kindly agreed to answer some questions I had pertaining to her new venture..."
"I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn."
The super-prolific Stephen King has doled out lots of advice for budding writers, including the recommendation to cut down your text. Here's another: "Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word."
"Writers have a serious advantage over the rest of us..No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference..."
"Noticed that there were too many for it to be a coincidence. “To take an entire page from an author, as Helene Hegemann admitted to doing, with only slight changes and without asking the author, I consider that illegitimate,” Mr. Pirmasens said.
The controversy did not appear to be hurting book sales. On Thursday afternoon “Axolotl Roadkill” was ninth over all among books on the German Amazon site, albeit with many nasty postings about the plagiarism controversy. “It’s a reissue of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ” wrote one commenter, who gave the book one star. Under the heading “Customers who bought this item also bought” was “Strobo” by Airen
Olgy Gary's insight:
So wrong, in so many levels. Wrong for this young girl to try to justify her plagiarism by trying to redefine it. Wrong of judges to knowingly reward her writing even though they knew it was plagiarized.
(UPDATED) After 50 years, effort to train next generation of Christian authors come to an end.
Olgy Gary's insight:
I'm neither surprised nor sorry to see it go. There are a good number of GREAT writer guilds, events, and conferences that charge a fraction of the cost of what Jenkins organization charged. One such event is the awesome Pikes Peak Writers Conference, hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, where they actually bring acquiring editors to the event. I don't for a minute think we need to train Christian authors. I believe we need to train authors to become great writers and, if they're Christians, their writing will show this.
Here's Madeline L'Engle's advice to a student who asked how to become a "Christian writer." L'Engle, award-winning children author, replied: "If she is truly and deeply a Christian, what she writes is going to be Christian, whether she mentions Jesus or not. And if she is not, in the most profound sense, Christian, then what she writes is not going to be Christian, no matter how many times she invokes the name of the Lord. (As cited in Hughes, 2001, "How Christian faith can sustain the life of the mind." Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. pp. 137–138).
"She never heard me cry as a baby. She’s never heard my voice nor a single word I’ve ever said...Only now, all these years later, do I realize that just as her deafness defined her, it also defined me. As it turned out, the vry silence my mother heard gave me my voice..."
Twitter is basically a refrigerator — at least that's what Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, thinks. "More and more refrigerators are magnet-proof and you can’t put tiny little things on them," Handler told Mashable.
"Children’s book author Kate DiCamillo...On building grit, the author, who first enjoyed success in her 30s with “Because of Winn Dixie,” said she got 473 rejection letters before her novel was accepted..."
The idea that humans might one day become superintelligent -- or invent a superintelligent computer -- is a staple of science fiction. It's also taken seriously by scientists and engineers as a plausible outcome of today's technologies. Here are ten key books you should read to understand brains of the future.
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