Monthly Archives: November 2015

Review by ‘Making the Mark’: Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A

Source: Review: Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A

Victorian photography exhibition in London. Wish I could go see it!

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Aerogramme Writers’ Studio links

Some writerly information you may find useful 🙂

Magazines and competitions for that last-month-of-the-year rush.

12 Literary Magazines for New & Unpublished Writers

15 Short Story Competitions to Enter Before the End of the Year

Enjoy, let me know if you find it useful or decide to submit 🙂

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‘Guitar Bands Are On The Way Out’ British Agents And Short Story Collections

Source: ‘Guitar Bands Are On The Way Out’ British Agents And Short Story Collections

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Novel writing

This quotation is so good, impossible not to share it.

For myself, the only rule regarding writing a novel I believe in is: sit down and write.

I’m not terribly good at following it, and I happily say that many books on writing available out there are very good, helpful, a good source of various and varied advice…but, at the end of the day (or at the beginning, whatever your preference), the one thing that never changes is sitting down – metaphorically, if you can write standing up, you’re more than welcome and it’s certainly healthier for the circulation and spine – and writing.

My main issue is switching off the outside world, the one with bills wanting paid, family you worry about, and all that goes on in the world.

But this quote says a lot 🙂

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham


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Judging a Book by its Cover

Wonderful information about how books as we know them today came to be…and lots of inspiration for artists books’ makers 🙂


What a clever device the book is. It is compact and light, yet contains hundreds of pages that hold an incredible amount of information. Moving forward or backward in the text is as easy as flipping a page, while the book’s square shape and flat bottom facilitates easy shelving. Still, the object is useless if the information it contains cannot be found. And so tools were developed to help the reader do just that, such as page numbers, running titles, and indices. As familiar as these aids may be, they are older than you think. The page number, for example, is encountered in papyrus manuscripts made some two thousand years ago (see this older blog post).

Crucially, to look up information in a book you must have first located the object. And so the shelfmark was invented, the equivalent of our call number. By the end of the medieval period it had become as clever as the book to which it was added: letters, digits, and even colour coding…

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