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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The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity . . . .

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Image“The question of why writers write holds especial mesmerism, both as a piece of psychological voyeurism and as a beacon of self-conscious hope that if we got a glimpse of the innermost drivers of greats, maybe, just maybe, we might be able to replicate the workings of genius in our own work. So why do great writers write?” – Maria Popova   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/JM29Mp 

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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 Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus”

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“Erin Morgenstern (born July 8, 1978) is an American writer and visual artist best known for writing The Night Circus.  Erin Morgenstern was raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts and studied theater and studio art at Smith College in Northhampton Massachusetts, graduating in 2000. 

In addition to writing, she paints, mostly in acrylics, including the Phantomwise tarot deck. She signed with Inkwell Management  in May 2010 after being rejected by thirty literary agents, and sold her debut novel to Doubleday in September 2010; The Night Circus was published in September 2011.”   – Wikipedia  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/Kcik4G

To view the 5:44-minute video of Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus,” visit: http://bit.ly/KNSu7G

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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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An Interview with E. L. James, author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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E. L. James“Erika Leonard (born Erika Mitchell; 7 March 1963) , better known by the pen name E L James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey,  Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The combined novels have sold over 35 million copies in the United States, and over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time. 

In 2012,Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” – Wikipedia    For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1gkoH0W

To view the interview with Ms. James, visit: http://bit.ly/1lEct7o

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