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Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio

In my first memory of seeing a Shakespeare play live, the fairies from a A Midsummer Night’s Dream enter the stage to the dulcet tones of No Doubt’s “Hella Good” and begin to dance. I don’t know what I had been expecting when I sat down in the theater, but it certainly wasn’t that. Seeing very modern… Continue reading Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio

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700 Free Art Books from the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art

I’m an art nerd. If you ever want to see me get stupidly excited, start a conversation about Japanese prints or Near Eastern archaeology. Unfortunately for me, finding great books about art can be difficult. Oh, the books exist. Museum gift shops and college libraries are full of them after all. But they also tend… Continue reading 700 Free Art Books from the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Online Resource: Reading Free Rare Books

Sometimes I get a hankering to read old books. Luckily I’ve found a website that allows me to explore some of the rarest books in the world for free. The Rare Book Room is a website created by Octavo, a company that has digitized hundreds of rare books from the greatest libraries in the world. The… Continue reading Online Resource: Reading Free Rare Books

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The Language of the Body

Despite what the internet implies, a large chunk of human communication doesn’t occur through the spoken or written word. Instead it occurs through body language. That means that successful writers have to understand how to portray emotions and responses using the language of the body. I’ve discussed how to write emotions before, but I’ve found another… Continue reading The Language of the Body

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Words and Common Confusions

Today is a day for revisiting the madness of the English language. We have all had moments when our minds blank and we can’t figure out what word we should use. “Affect or effect?” We wonder to ourselves. “Affect is usually a verb, right?” Luckily the fine folks at GrammarCheck have a bright and bubbly… Continue reading Words and Common Confusions

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Creative Writing and Resources for Writers: An Interview with Teacher and Sci-Fi Author S. J. Higbee

To add another wonderful addition to my series of interviews with editors, writers, and other book adjacent individuals, I am thrilled to present my conversation with Sarah J. Higbee, author and creative writing teacher extraordinaire. She provides great tips for new writers as well as insight into what makes people return to science fiction again… Continue reading Creative Writing and Resources for Writers: An Interview with Teacher and Sci-Fi Author S. J. Higbee

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Shakespearean Insults for Fun and Profit

Well my pribbling fool-born minnows, today is a good day for sharpening the pointed ends of our tongues. Today is a good day for Shakespearean insults. But isn’t every day, really? Among Shakespeare’s talents was his ability to coin creative forms of abuse. Where would we be without his savagery? It is all too easy… Continue reading Shakespearean Insults for Fun and Profit

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What Are Feelings, Really? How to Write Emotions

In the immortal words of Samantha Sang and the Bee Gees, “It’s just emotion that’s taking me over, caught up in sorrow, lost in the song.” Unfortunately novels lack accompanying singers who let the reader know how characters feel. One of the most difficult aspects of writing is portraying emotion. Sometimes that is fine –… Continue reading What Are Feelings, Really? How to Write Emotions

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Antique Books: A Most Royal Bestiary

We often think of illuminated manuscripts as beautiful works of art fit only for nobility. In reality, however, these books often had more practical purposes. The Aberdeen Bestiary, a work filled with gold leaf and intricate drawings, is a perfect example of how these books could be used. Though the Aberdeen Bestiary was created in the… Continue reading Antique Books: A Most Royal Bestiary

Publishing · resources · writing

Free Online Webinar and Editor Q&A Session

(I’m reposting this today just to make sure that anyone who missed the announcement last Sunday will still have a chance to sign up.) —     —     — Unless a writer is self-publishing, an editor will play a powerful role in shaping his or her book, but most of us aren’t entirely… Continue reading Free Online Webinar and Editor Q&A Session