I question it all. If no one is going to read it, why did I put so much energy into that book? Why did I agonize over the phrasing that takes place on page nine or the metaphor on page ninety-nine? Why did I choose that topic or story and why did I think it would resonate? I even begin to question my passion. What am I doing this for? Why do I spend so much time contributing my thoughts and words for so little monetary return? Am I any good at this?
Things You’ll Never Hear An English Literature Student Say < — this post contains truth.
Here’s a great poem by Kwame Dawes.
Some of the best science fiction out there has been penned by women.
A slightly more unusual ‘bookstores you must visit!’ list than the million other usual ones. (I’ve been to two of the eight!)
Parallel Universes run parallel to each other with slight alterations that change fate in time. Whoa. Multiverse is when there are many parallel universes. Usually this has something to do with black holes and time travel. More than likely, Spock is traveling through all of them. When you toss metafiction in here, it’s a little odd to compare it, but kind of important. Metafiction is when a story becomes aware of itself. It’s kind of like parallel universes colliding. Authors often join in on their own stories- literally.
Confused by sci fi? BookRiot can help.
Jonathan Franzen continues to be a total prick. In other news, water is wet.
Eric Ries, a lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation, went on a “pre-book” book tour to drum up interest before his work, “The Lean Startup”, even had a firm name, and started selling it online more than a year in advance of its publication. It worked. The book’s cover is now able to boast “the New York Times bestseller” above the title.
Want to be an author? You also need to be an entrepreneur.
I am currently reading Kathleen Jones‘ The Whistling Poet, a brilliant biography of Norman Nicholson, who I love. Here’s a great recording of him reading one of his poems, ‘Wall,’ at the Poetry Archive.
How many Edinburgh bookstores have you been to? (I have, of course, visited all of these.)
…and speaking of bookstores, here’s a (hilarious) little insight into the lives of booksellers.
From 2nd to 15th March, the imprint will be open to accept fifty pages, an outline and an author biography from previously unpublished writers of fiction. Short stories will be considered, in addition to novels.
Here’s a VERY useful and interesting list of open submission calls. You’re welcome.
Also… do you write erasure poems, or want to? Are you not a cishet white dude? This is a submissions call just for you and it looks GREAT.
Another SBT one, but it’s good. Here’s Vivian French, sitting in a HUGE chair, rocking an amazing hairdo, and telling you everything you need to know about the basics of live storytelling.
This cute video is a quick and engaging history of the YA genre… I learned a lot!
…and here’s some great advice for new and early career writers!
Have a great weekend!
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