Hello 2012! There hasn’t been a Procrastination Station in these parts for AGES. Here’s a bumper round-up of my recent reading…
I know it says 31st Dec, but the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Competition’s deadline has been extended to 31st JANUARY! If you like free entry (yeah!) and want to get your pamphlet published by my smashing publisher, get entering!
Got writer’s block? Try lowering your standards.
“How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.” — Harold Bloom (and others) brings the snark.
Want to see how much heat you generate when you type? There’s an app for that.
Have you guys ordered your HOT MALE LIBRARIANS calendar for 2012 yet?
“Well-read is not a destination; there is nowhere to get to, and if you assume there is somewhere to get to, you’d have to live a thousand years to even think about getting there, and by the time you got there, there would be a thousand years to catch up on.” … and who wants to be ‘well read’ anyway?
I always, always write longhand, so I emphatically get behind this.
& similarly: in praise of notebooks.
Classic Penguin titles’ bookcovers redesigned as tattoo flash. Throw in a typewriter and that is ALL MY FAVOURITE THINGS AT ONCE.
I know I keep saying this, but I seriously cannot understand how I lived my life for 25 years without knowing of the existence of HTMLGiant. Check out these great — and very frank — responses to the question, “how do I get a wider readership for my work?”
“All songs ultimately are about love… with the possible exception of Pinball Wizard.” < -- A lovesong for librarians! If you click on nothing else in this post, click this!
What books do when you’re not looking… (Thanks, Sally!)
& I know everyone in the world has already seen this, but because I’m sure you won’t mind… here it is again. (Thanks, Martyna!)
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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