All About Reading … with a little Writing

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ReadingInthetub     In the past two weeks, we’ve all heard about the 90-second reading application which enables you to read a single book in about three hours.  In my mind, I’ve compared it with trying to read the compressed credits at the end of a television program or movie.  To me, it was as much about keeping up with the speed of the rolling list as it was the size – but I finally developed a system, and it worked.  For more info on the 90-second reading app for your phone or website, please visit:  http://www.spritzinc.com/

With thanks to Julien Smith, I also submit the following thread, for your perusal, for instructions on how to read a book every week.  I’ve been a member of the “book-a-week” club for some time; and, although I prefer physically turning the page to e-book reading, I think massaging your time to read a book a week when you have so many other commitments, is admirable.  For more, visit:  http://huff.to/1hThwzf

Finally, for those of you who are looking for another writing competition for Short Stories, here’s something that might interest you, as well:  http://bit.ly/1dqVKUm

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An Interview with Cassandra Clare: The Story behind the Story

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“Judith Rumelt (born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare is a young adult fiction, write most known for her bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments. 

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran (Iran). Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1akQwW0 

To watch this 5:13-minute, interview with Cassandra Clare, video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1iNWjWv

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Neil Gaiman – 3 Books that Changed my Life

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“Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman born Neil Richard Gaiman; 10 November 1960)is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio, theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.”  – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eXhnaN

To view this 5:35-minute interview with Neil Gaiman, visit:  http://bit.ly/1aipU8g

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An Interview with J. K. Rowling

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“Joanne “Jo” Rowling (born 31 July 1965), best known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.They have become the best-selling book series in history,  and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel  . . . ” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1eKWkrC

To view the 5:07-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eKWu2d

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Patricia Highsmith – A Woman of Mystery

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“Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor.

Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature.Michael Dirda observed, “Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide and Camus.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1bPDMmG

To view this 1:46-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/KCgrzD

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Interview with Award-Winning Author, Lee Smith

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“Lee Smith (born on November 1, 1944) is an American fiction author who typically incorporates much of her home roots in the Southeastern United States in her works of literature. She has received many writing awards, such as the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and, in April 2013, was the first recipient of Mercer University’s Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. Her novel The Last Girls was listed on the New York Times bestseller’s list and won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Mrs Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, a collection of new and selected stories was published in 2010.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1ko6rtm

To view the interview with Ms. Smith, visit: http://bit.ly/1cy9wQI

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

A 6-Minute Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

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“Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.  His works such as Cat’s Cradle 1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction.

As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. 

The New York Times headline at the time of Vonnegut’s passing called Vonnegut “the counterculture’s novelist.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1lfEJgr

To view one of his last interviews (6 minutes) before his 2005 death, visit:  http://bit.ly/1hnVFRC

Happy New Year!