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EARLY FOOTAGE: Mark Twain, 1909

The only existing footage of Mark Twain shot by Thomas Edison in 1909

I’ve been watching this video, this ‘found footage’, over and over in the last few weeks. Mark Twain. I can see him, moving on film. I’ve read his words, read reviews and critiques of his work. I’ve dreamed alongside his characters, I’ve been carried away by his tales.

And on this palette of faded greys, I can see him. He’s just a man, and he is now dead. But his words aren’t. Maybe that is why I love words. They don’t die 🙂

 

…The father of American literature, Mark Twain  was also known by his fondness in science and scientific inquiry. He developed a close and lasting friendship

Source: The only existing footage of Mark Twain shot by Thomas Edison in 1909

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Covers – 1926-1947

From The New York Public Library Digital Collections: Despite the fact that dust jackets often include useful information about a book and its author, including biographical notes and often a portr…

Source: Covers – 1926-1947 | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

What a collection! To me, covers are as important as the content, a tiny living piece of the text bridging the story with the commercial world. A small voice that says: “Here, here, look at me! This is the hand which held the pen that wrote me, the fingers typing on the keyboard, this is why I was written, where, this bit here says who decided I was worthy of being printed, this other bit gives you an idea of what all the words inside are about…!”

 

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MA Creative Writing: Freight Books to publish major project novel GOBLIN by MA graduate Ever Dundas in 2017

Source: MA Creative Writing: Freight Books to publish major project novel GOBLIN by MA graduate Ever Dundas in 2017

 

And that’s what I like to see, a happy super-talented friend whose brilliant novel will be published soon 🙂 Keep an eye on this one 😉

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Now We Can Map Every Magical World into a Multiverse | Tor.com

I love maps and structure and this is intriguing 🙂

“Seanan McGuire’s new book Every Heart a Doorway explores how to deal with real life once the portal to your own personal magical world has closed. It also gives readers a rough guideline for …”

Source: Now We Can Map Every Magical World into a Multiverse | Tor.com

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Ursula Le Guin Gives Insightful Writing Advice in Her Free Online Workshop | Open Culture

I didn’t know about this, but Le Guin offering advice is not to miss.

I think speculative fiction is a great term: it unites genre and literary senses, the best of both worlds!

Though it’s sometimes regarded as a pretentious-sounding term for genre writers who don’t want to associate with genre, I’ve always liked the phrase ‘speculative fiction.

J.G. Ballard, Philip K.

(image by Gorthian, via Wikimedia Commons)

Source: Ursula Le Guin Gives Insightful Writing Advice in Her Free Online Workshop | Open Culture

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

The internet is chock-full of writing resources, advice, guides and more.

I always found the website Write to Done quite informative, but there are many others on this list that may be suited to you and your writing path.

Very nicely, The Write Life has put together a list of 100 useful websites.

“Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.”

Source: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life

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The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

Source: The Five Elements of a Story Source -… – The Writer’s Circle

5 story elements

Apart from the fact that I love diagrams, this one is delightfully non-prescriptive and makes you think (as a writer) about all the possibilities and layers you can have in your stories.

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