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In Week 1219 we introduced to the Invite “lik the bred” poems, based on the faux-Chaucerian verses posted in various comment threads on Reddit by postdoctoral student Sam Garland, a.k.a. Poem for Your Sprog. While insisting on the Sproggian 32 syllables in iambic meter, the Empress allowed real modern English along with the fake Middle, and for four longer lines as well as eight little ones. And the poems had to refer to someone in the news.

I especially liked the ones below; you can read the rest of them in The Washington Post's Style Invitational section:

My name is Paul.
My planne was thicke:
It said, “Tough lucke!”
if you get sick.
My planne has met
An Epick Faile.
I slinke away.
I tucke my taille.
(Nan Reiner, Boca Raton, Fla.)

Two more: )

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"The Illness and Insight of Robert Lowell", from The New Yorker

Two excerpts:

"Jamison’s book is the first to bring clinical expertise to Lowell’s case; before it, the poet’s cycles of illness and recovery have been judged in scolding moral terms, or, worse, viewed as a kind of lifelong-mishap GIF, with Lowell stuck in a permanent loop.

When he was manic, Lowell smashed wineglasses and schemed to marry near-strangers. In recovery, his depressions were severe, his remorse profound, the work of repairing the relationships he’d damaged unrelenting.

But the metaphors that came so quickly to hand could again be tamed and put to use. “Gracelessly,” he wrote, “like a standing child trying to sit down, like a cat or a coon coming down a tree, I’m getting down my ladder to the moon. I am part of my family again.”


"But mood disorders occur with staggering frequency in creative people, and writers seem to suffer the most. A 1987 study at the University of Iowa found that eighty per cent of the writers studied exhibited the diagnostic signs of mood disorders, with fifty per cent fitting the criteria for bipolar disorder.

A 2011 study of three hundred thousand individuals showed that 'individuals with bipolar disorder were overrepresented in creative professions.'

Poets might be the most susceptible of all. They count on a certain amount of basic disorientation to do their work, which many report involves the temporary unshackling of the mind from ordinary semantic logic.

There are various names for this willed receptivity to associations: flow, inspiration, the muse. These are not the names we assign to symptoms of mental illness."
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Originally posted by [ profile] lindahoyland at Reuben's Writing Challenge
A special writing challenge for Easter and Passover.

Write a story of any length on any topic(Family friendly, please in honour of the season).

Award yourself the banner and post the story on your LJ and any archive you please with a link to this post.
Two 6-word challenges, and banner: )

Here's another, more general 6-word writing challenge from [ profile] lindahoyland: Reuben's writing challenge


And, here's my response to the Easter one; to borrow the phrase from [ profile] methylviolet10b, there's "a metric ton of rust on the part of the author." Concrit welcome, as always!

SH writes a letter: )
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#WhanThatAprilleDay17--to be held on April 20th this year; do take a look at the article, it is very amusing!

And some recent tweets from the same author:

Roses are redde
Pegasus unicorns have winges
May everye part of the universe protect
Al those who nerdily love obscure thinges

Look at the worlde from but one view
How deadened - al thinges are -
But chaunge thy thought - and questioun new:
Yt sparkleth - lyke a star

Lat us go to a beautiful place at eve
And talke, and singe, and daunce;
Even thogh the dayes be darke
We yet retayne romaunce.
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Originally posted by [ profile] thnidu at Amazon "best-sellers" aren't--many thanks!

Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes.

Brent Underwood, on Medium

I would like to tell you about the biggest lie in book publishing. It appears in the biographies and social media profiles of almost every working ‘author’ today. It’s the word ‘best seller.’

This isn’t about how The New York Times list is biased (though it is). This isn’t about how authors buy their way onto various national best-seller lists by buying their own books in bulk (though they do). No, this is about the far more insidious title of ‘Amazon Bestseller’ — and how it’s complete and utter nonsense.

(Click headline for article.)

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(Things native English speakers know, but don't know we know, from MattAndersonBBC:

adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun.
So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife.
But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you'll sound like a maniac.
It's an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out.
And as size comes before colour, green great dragons can't exist.)

...those of you who are more serious writers and/or editors than I am, is that always the case? :)

Smile ;)

Oct. 9th, 2016 12:45 pm
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("Little Stephen King reads his first story in class")
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Note the date....

Originally posted by [ profile] mi3ch at за несколько дней до самоубийства

To the Soviet Literary Foundation's Board of Directors

I request you hire me for the position of the dishwasher in the Literary Foundation's canteen which is about to open.

M. Tsvetayeva

August 26, 1941

Уж сколько их упало в эту бездну,
Разверзтую вдали!
Настанет день, когда и я исчезну
С поверхности земли.

Read more... )
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"So avoid using the word 'very' because it's lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted.
Don't use 'very sad', use 'morose'. Language was invented for one reason, boys--to woo women--
and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do."

(Robin Williams in his role as the English teacher Mr. Keating, "Dead Poets Society")

Smile ;)

Aug. 21st, 2016 08:12 pm
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'My letters are so great' - as printed in the Tampa Bay Times

(from Letters of Note FB pg)
same in text format: )
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"Don't use a big word when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity."
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This man is using the dictionary (of all things) to write stories--do take a look, quite original ;)

Mycroft Holmes: Kareem Abdul Jabbar reveals his love of Sherlock--from the current issue of Parade

9 Baking recipes that require 4 or fewer ingredients
(tried the oatmeal-banana cookies and the peanut butter cookies; will report on the results tomorrow)
(Update: the peanut butter ones are quite good; the oatmeal-banana ones, passable)
Banana-oatmeal cookie recipe: )

Peanut butter cookie recipe: )

And further, regarding food:

More stories of fantastically stupid restaurant customers

Restaurant employees who were abjectly terrible at their jobs


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