Filed under: Books, Reading, Reblogged Content | Tags: books, literacy, reading, stephen king
Just one more reason Stephen King is awesome.
Read on for a great article by the funny genius behind Dysfunctional Literacy. Enjoy!
Originally posted on Dysfunctional Literacy:
A few weeks ago, a friend of my wife came over unannounced and uninvited with her family. Any visitors we get are because of my wife. I don’t have friends, so nobody comes over to see me. My wife has lots of friends, and sometimes we end up entertaining families of people whom I barely know. Most of the time I don’t mind, but I don’t like it when the visitors are unannounced and uninvited.
In this case, the family had a teenage son who, according to his parents, is addicted to video games and hates to read. He’s capable of reading, my wife’s friend said, but he won’t do it unless it’s a school assignment.
“At least he completes his school assignments,” I said to my wife’s friend.
“Yeah,” the son said to his mom, but she gave him a dirty look.
I could sympathize with…
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Filed under: Being Awesome, Music, Resources, Writing Tips | Tags: creativity, Elton John, music, novel writing, publishers, short stories, The Crow, The Kardashians, writing
I don’t think any writer could deny the impact music can have on his or her work.
The Romance with Music Begins…
In high school, I wrote a novel (don’t get excited–it wasn’t a New York Times bestseller), and I always had a certain type of music playing while I wrote it.
What can I say? It was the ’90s, and The Crow was the best movie of all time (and, arguably, still is). And the book I wrote involved devils, angels, romance, and hell. I may have been sixteen, but I was convinced I had the soul of a much older and wiser woman.
…And the Love for Music Continues…
In college, I wrote a semi-autobiographical story and incorporated music throughout the text. You’ll see what I mean best by reading the opening paragraph:
Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is screaming in my ears, and while Elton ponders raising children on Mars, I consider a more dire issue. I’m having an affair with my drug dealer. Or, more accurately, the drugs he provides.
Did I say it was autobiographical? Kidding. Totally kidding.
Anyway, here’s a sampling of the music featured in my never-seeing-the-light-of-day story:
…And My Affair with Music Obviously Continues…
Now, I have a ridiculous amount of music I turn to when I write, and it goes beyond The Crow soundtrack and Elton John.
I’m so glad you asked.
Here are a few playlists I turn to when getting ready to face the dreaded blank Word document. I hope you find a few songs you love–and that get you writing.
Tired of Talking Music?
Fine! Here’s some cool stuff I’ve come across over the past couple of weeks:
- Someone has breathed fun into the dictionary and thesaurus with visuwords. Only visit if you’re ready to spend precious time playing around.
- Writing the first draft is often the most difficult part of creating a finished work. Thankfully, Lara from write, edit, repeat has some tips on how to get it done like a boss.
- “I love to read books, but I could never be a writer,” you say? WRONG! Daniel A. Roberts talks about the process of turning from reader into writer on A Writer’s Path.
- The Kardashians threw a Great Gatsby-themed party. And they don’t seem to know why that’s silly. (I hope this is the only time I mention the word Kardashian on this blog.)
- Having a hard time getting published? Buzzfeed has an informative guide on how to get your story or poem in a literary magazine. I’ll let you know if their advice works.
- These major publishers are accepting unsolicited manuscripts (What what???).
- Finally, check out “23 Ways to Uncover Your Inner Creative Badass” by Glory Begin. Good, good stuff.
Have any go-to artists or albums that you put on when it’s time to put pen to paper? Share them below–I’m always looking for killer music.
Filed under: Books, Grammar, Quotes | Tags: books, literature, news, quotations, reading, writing
Happy Hump Day, folks!
Fine. Be that way.
Quotes to Inspire You
And Some Stuff to Check Out
- The Atlantic asks if literary journals should charge writers a reading fee. I have the answer: No. Absolutely not. Read the article for the plethora of reasons.
- Vegas as a literary destination? No, this article wasn’t published by The Onion.
- A wonderful blogger I follow, Cindy Fazzi, wrote an ode to adverbs. I tend to hate those sneaky bastards, but you listed some killer quotes, Cindy.
- The Reader’s Room, another awesome blog I follow, launched a monthly feature that I’m extremely upset I didn’t invent: Terrible Reviews of Great Books. You’re a genius, Jen.
- It’s almost Halloween, and I love a good horror story. If we could be wondertwins and you can’t get enough grim gore, take Buzzfeed’s quiz and try to name the horror novel by reading one iconic line.
- Speaking of All Hallows’ Eve, two bloggers I love – Poet Rummager and -FlyTrapMan- – are hosting Monster Masquerade, a way for monster-lovers to share their ghoulish creations. Monster Masquerade ceases to be on Halloween, so hurry and participate.
- In case you didn’t know this about me, I love tattoos. Need proof?
How’s your week going? Reading anything fascinating or – even better – writing something incredible?
Filed under: Books, Literature, Reading | Tags: books, hoarding, library, literature, obsession, reading
You’re obsessed with books? You don’t even know what obsession means.
Of course, maybe you do. How could I know? You could have some awful stalker-like tendencies and be obsessed with the blonde who lives in 4-A.*
My obsession is a little…safer. Because I’m obsessed with some emmereffing books.
It Started When I Was a Child…
This may seem impossible, but I was a really, really shy kid. Like many shy kids, I escaped from the anxiety-inducing real world into those found within books.
While my classmates didn’t notice me (or so I thought), my teachers sure as hell did, as is evident by this sweet postcard given to me by my eighth-grade English teacher:
Ms. Vacca, wherever you are, I rocked Honors English, I’m still writing, and I wonder if you’re clairvoyant because I now have a peacock tattoo….
My Books Are Taking Over My House
I began hoarding books early in my life. Not sure exactly when it happened, but while still prepubescent, I realized that I loved how books smelled, how the paper felt in my hands, and the mysteries and adventures contained within. So I read. A lot. And fell in love with so many books that my little heart couldn’t bear to donate them or give them away.
And that quality has followed me into adulthood.
Exhibit A: My Office/Library
But it doesn’t stop there. Because my desk has shelves…thus, my desk houses books.
Exhibit B: Other Rooms in the House
So. You can see why I’m convinced that books will eventually take over my house. They will break free of their shelves and start piling on the floors, in drawers, under beds.
I’m okay with that.
If I hear of a book sale, you can bet your tushie I’ll do my damnedest to be there and get my fill.
This past weekend, I enjoyed one such book sale and found what may soon become my new favorite book.
I want to read it, but I’m afraid to…what if it’s not as amazing as the cover leads me to believe?
Well, if William Safire says it’s awesome…
The Husband Got Me a Present
I’m kind of excited. (Remember? I asked for this book last time.)
And I got another surprise–this sweet little inscription in my copy of my very talented buddy’s newest book, which was accompanied by a sweet-as-hell letter.
Dave, you da bomb.
Do you have an addiction to books? Yes? GOOD.
*If you are obsessed with the blonde in 4-A, my advice is to not be a creepazoid and spy on her. Instead, make small talk. Let me know how it goes.
Filed under: Books, Literature, News, Science Fiction | Tags: Andy Weir, ebooks, Elton John, Gisele, print books, sci-fi, The Martian
Warning: Slightly sentimental talk ahead.
When I was in high school, I would sit on the back patio to stare at the moon. (Okay, staring at the moon was a secondary reason…the main reason was to sneak cigarettes.)
And at some point, I realized something very serious about myself…
(…except that’s just not the way NASA does things…)
In college, I fell in love with Elton John (his music and his sparkles). And guess what one of my favorite songs was and is?
And, of course, there are the movies–all the wonderful movies about space! Ah. I won’t get into it. Let’s skip to…
Outer Space in Literature
I haven’t read a ton of books involving space, other planets, and the like, outside of Ray Bradbury and astronomy textbooks. And then I read Andy Weir’s The Martian. What a freaking completely amazing novel. I might be slightly obsessed.
If you liked physics in high school or college, you love sci-fi, and you haven’t read this book, what the hell are you waiting for? It’s seriously awesome. In the actual meaning of the word – it inspires awe.
And now there’s a movie:
I don’t have high hopes (okay, maybe I do), but I am looking forward to seeing it.
And now, with all the talk about water on Mars, outer space is at the forefront of my mind once again. I’m always looking to watch a sci-fi movie, and this quiz about Mars in literature made me realize I have a lot of reading to do.
How do you feel about science fiction? Building colonies on Mars? Total Recall (the original – always the original)? Share in the comments section below.
Extra Stuff for Shits and Giggles
- People are finally realizing that print books won’t disappear.
- Want to ban a book? First, leave. Right now. This blog isn’t for you. Next, here’s how the banning type go about their banning ways.
- My birthday was on the fourth. Want to buy me a present? I want to read this book. A lot. Hint, hint.
- Celebrities and the books they write. And Gisele’s will cost $700. That book better be bound by her perfumed and lotioned hands.
Whatever you take away from this post, remember this:
And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no
I’m a rocket man
Filed under: Being Awesome, Quotes | Tags: Albert Einstein, Alice Walker, ernest hemingway, George Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, quotations, quotes
Happy Saturday, folks!
After waking up with a pounding headache, I decided to distract myself with some things that make me happy: pretty pictures, inspiring quotes, and PJs.
The first two I’m sharing with you – but you need to get your own damned pajamas. (I’m a little territorial about mine.)