Thursday, March 31, 2011

MILK + BOOKIES! Check them out today!







MILK+BOOKIESTM is a non-profit organization that teaches young children how great it feels to give back while celebrating the love of a good book.

Read, Give, Grow!
 

NEW eBOOK MINI: "BEWARE OF MY BITCHITUDE: Being Bitchy Is A Hot Mess."















Get the new ebook mini by author C.J. Calett titled: "Beware Of My Bitchitude: Being Bitchy Is A Hot Mess."

This book has all the elements of what being bitchy is all about. Plus it tells how having a bitchitude can get you into alot of trouble. 

The one thing I liked alot out of C.J's book is that she breaks down the types of  "bitches" that one could possibly encounter.

 "Classic I must say!"

All In all, this book is a shorty, but it has alot of substance, and truly breaks down the bitchitude. 

Can't wait for the second one (hopefully)!

Get your copy just like I got mine from amazon.com today!


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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Herodotus-was an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) and lived in the 5th century BC (c. 484 BC – c. 425 BC). He has been called the "Father of History" since he was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent and arrange them in a well-constructed and vivid narrative.

The extent of his own achievement has been debated ever since. His place in history and his significance may be understood according to the traditions within which he worked. His work is the earliest Greek prose to have survived intact.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK It's All About Organizational Storytelling! 3/27/11

This "quick lit trend" is one that everyone can use regardless of what profession they are currently in. Yes; it's all about "organizational storytelling!"

Organizational Storytelling-is an emerging discipline in the study of management, strategy and organization studies. As an emerging discipline it is contested ground, with some academics describing it is a purposeful tool to be used by business people, and others describing it is a way of understanding and interpreting organizational life.

For those that believe it to be a powerful managerial tool, it is seen as the key leadership competency for the 21st century. Knowing how to deliver a story effectively combined with knowing the right story to tell is a powerful influencing and communication skill.






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This "quick lit trend" will always and forever be used by everyone. Organizational storytelling will be and always be the wave of the future to effectively communicate your message.
 
 
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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Organizational Storytelling-is an emerging discipline in the study of management, strategy and organization studies. As an emerging discipline it is contested ground, with some academics describing it is a purposeful tool to be used by business people, and others describing it is a way of understanding and interpreting organizational life.



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"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 3/25/11

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

Sex Me-Tease Me-Love Me (Ralph J, NJ)

I know-Hes Bad-So What (Jean M, DE)

My Man-Lied Terribly-To Me (Kate C, MO)

*Jump In-Work It-For Life (Literary Diva BTR)*

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-is the original title of a novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or simply Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll and the misanthropic Edward Hyde.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kate Winslet authors celebrity book for autism!

(Reuters) – Actress Kate Winslet will author a book of celebrity self-portrait photos by Ben Stiller, Jude Law, Meryl Streep and others to support the treatment of autism, Simon & Schuster said on Thursday.

Winslet organized the collection of self-portrait photos for the book titled "The Golden Hat" after becoming inspired by an HBO documentary she narrated called "A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism" that aired last year.

The film shows Keli Ericsdottir, an Icelandic boy who suffered from severe non-verbal autism, eventually being able to communicate. He now composes poems, including one describing a magical hat that enables an autistic boy to communicate.

The book, which will be released later this year, derives its name from Ericsdottir's poem and tells the story of Winslet's relationship with the Ericsdottir family as well as Keli Ericsdottir's poetry and writings.

Winslet asked more than two dozen celebrities to take a self-portrait photo wearing one special hat that was passed along, as well as including what their first words would be had they been suddenly able to communicate after years of locked in silence.

Other well-known figures in the book include comedian Ricky Gervais, tennis player Maria Sharapova, singer Christina Aguilera and actresses Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore.

Several people diagnosed with autism also appear in the book. Proceeds from the book's profits will benefit Winslet's autism charity "The Golden Hat Foundation."

OMG! Online abbreviations make Oxford dictionary!

(AP) OMG! LOL! The venerable Oxford English Dictionary approves of the three-letter, Internet-inspired expressions you use for "Oh, my God!" and "Laughing out loud."

It is adding them to the authoritative reference book's latest online update.

You can now text the news to your BFF. That's "best friends forever."

All three expressions — and IMHO, or "in my humble opinion" — are among 900 new words included this week. Cracking the dictionary, however, is no easy task.

"The OED is quite cautious," said Graeme Diamond, OED's principal editor for new words.

Terms made popular online are only included among the dictionary's 300,000 entries when they have crossed over into everyday use, Diamond said.

Although the new abbreviations are associated with modern electronic communications, some are surprisingly old. The first confirmed use of OMG was in a 1917 letter by a British admiral.

"Things people think are new words normally have a longer history," Diamond said.

Editors publish updates to the online Oxford every three months.

The OED's Internet version was launched in 2000 and gets 2 million hits a month from subscribers. It may replace the mammoth 20-volume printed edition, last published in 1989.

The new update also includes:

• "muffin top," "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers."
• wag, "wives and girlfriends." It was first used in 2002 to describe the female partners of members of the England soccer team. Now it denotes the glamorous and extravagant female partners of male celebrities.
"By our standards, wag is a real rocket of a word," Diamond said. "To go from being coined in 2002 to being included in 2011 is quite unusual."
• "heart" as a verb, a casual equivalent of "to love" that is represented with a symbol, as seen on millions of souvenirs proclaiming "I (heart) New York."

It may be the first English usage to come from T-shirts and bumper stickers. "At some point, people started to vocalize what the symbol was rather than what the symbol stood for," said Fiona McPherson, another editor. "People now talk about hearting things left, right and center."

Well, the latest update hearts the Road Runner cartoon character. The word "meep" — a short high-pitched sound — made the cut.

There are other new terms from the online world, including ego-surfing (the practice of searching for your own name on the Internet) and dot-bomb (a failed Internet company).

Diamond said the Internet has revolutionized the way lexicographers work, giving them a huge amount of new evidence of word use.

Which brings us to another new online-inspired word: TMI, "too much information."

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Speech balloon-(also speech bubbles, dialogue balloons or word balloons) are a graphic convention used most commonly in comic books, comic strips and cartoons to allow words (and much less often, pictures) to be understood as representing the speech or thoughts of a given character in the comic. There is often a formal distinction between the balloon that indicates thoughts and the one that indicates words spoken aloud: the bubble that conveys subjective thoughts is often referred to as a thought balloon.

One of the earliest antecedents to the modern speech bubble were the “speech scrolls”, wispy lines that connected first person speech to the mouths of the speakers in Mesoamerican art.





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Quill-is a writing implement made from a flight feather (preferably a primary wing-feather) of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, metal-nibbed pens, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen. The hand-cut goose quill is rarely still used as a calligraphy tool, mainly because many papers are derived from wood pulp and wear down the quill very quickly, but it is still the tool of choice for a few select professionals and does provide a sharp stroke, and more flexibility than a steel pen. The hollow shaft of the feather (calamus) acts as an ink reservoir and ink flows to the tip by capillary action.


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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW! 3/23/11

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Academic Authorship-is a by which academics communicate the results of their scholarly work, establish priority for their discoveries, and build their reputation among their peers.

 In academic publishing, authorship of a work is claimed by those making intellectual contributions to the completion of the research described in the work. In simple cases, a solitary scholar carries out a research project and writes the subsequent article or book.

In many disciplines, however, collaboration is the norm and issues of authorship can be controversial. In these contexts, authorship can encompass activities other than writing the article; a researcher who comes up with an experimental design and analyzes the data may be considered an author, even if he had little role in composing the text describing the results. According to some standards, even writing the entire article would not constitute authorship unless the writer was also involved in at least one other phase of the project.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Roland Barthes-was a French literary theorist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, anthropology and post-structuralism.


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

QUICK LIT TREND (S) OF THE WEEK It's All About Irony!

This "quick lit trend" is one that keeps stories interesting. It can truly pump up the dialogue between characters in a story. Yes, it's all about "irony."

Irony-is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident intention of words or actions. Ironic statements (verbal irony) usually convey a meaning exactly opposite from their literal meaning.

The discordance of verbal irony is created as a means of communication (as in art or rhetoric). Descriptions or depictions of situational ironies, whether in fiction or in non-fiction, serve a communicative function of sharpening or highlighting certain discordant features of reality.

 In the english language there is no standard accepted method to denote irony or sarcasm in written conversation, several forms of punctuation have been proposed. Among the oldest and frequently attested are the percontation point, — also known as an ironicon — invented by Henry Denham in the 1580s, and the irony mark, furthered by Alcanter de Brahm in the 19th century. Both of these marks were represented visually by a backwards question mark.



When it comes to this "quick lit trend", especially in writing, it's usage will always be on trend. Many writers use "irony" or sarcasm to make the story interesting and to add style and flare to the characters and to the dialogue.

Using "irony" in  a story is someting that every writer can use no matter what. It will forever be on trend in writing for years to come.


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Alliterative verse, or Prosody-is a form of verse that uses alliteration as the principal structuring device to unify lines of poetry, as opposed to other devices such as rhyme. The most commonly studied traditions of alliterative verse are those found in the oldest literature of many German languages.

Alliterative verse can be found in many other languages as well, although rarely with the systematic rigor of Germanic forms. The Finnish Kalevala and the Estonian Kalevipoeg both use alliterative forms derived from folk tradition. Traditional Turkic verse, for example that of the Uyghur, is also alliterative.


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Sales of e-books jump in January past hardcovers!

(AP) The e-book boom has reached new heights, but not high enough to boost book sales overall.

Helped by millions of Kindles, Nooks and other digital devices given for holiday gifts, e-book sales jumped in January and surpassed purchases of hardcovers and mass market paperbacks, according to a new survey. The Association of American Publishers reported Thursday that e-sales more than doubled from $32.4 million in January 2010 to $69.9 million in January 2011.

Hardcovers sales fell from $55.4 million to $49.1 million, and mass market paperbacks, a format that's declining as baby boomers seek books with larger print, fell from $56.4 million to $39 million.

Total sales, which include the education and professional markets, were $805.7 million in January, slightly below the $821.5 million reported last year.

Not all AAP members participate, but the survey includes results from Random House, Inc., Simon & Schuster and other leading publishers.

The new numbers "pretty much reflect reality," Simon & Schuster CEO and president Carolyn Reidy said Thursday, although she cautioned that e-sales tend to be especially high in January as new customers test the format.

She said e-sales likely dropped after January but will settle at a level that's still substantially higher than last year. Reidy said e-books were around 8 to 9 percent of the general trade market at the end of 2010 and she expects them to reach 12 to 15 percent of the market this year.

"When people start out with e-books, they like the convenience and the ease," Reidy said. "They tend to experiment with different kinds of books."

Michelle Obama to write book about White House garden!

(Reuters) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will write a book about the kitchen garden she started at the White House and her efforts to promote healthy eating, the Crown publishing group said on Wednesday.

The as yet untitled book will be published in April 2012, and will see Michelle Obama describing how she was inspired to plant the first edible garden on the White House's South Lawn since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War Two era "victory garden."

She will also share some of her family's favorite healthy recipes, said Crown, a unit of Random House publishers.

Crown said Michelle Obama received no advance and would donate the proceeds to a charity to be determined later.

The book will include photos of Obama's White House garden as well as other community, urban and school gardens around the United States,

The first lady has been a strong advocate of healthy eating and exercise and in February 2010 launched her "Let's Move!" initiative aimed at beating child obesity and improving the quality of food in U.S. schools.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 3/18/11

CONGRATS TO THE "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

I Sing-For Him-My Man (Tamia J, NJ)

Black Women-Beautifully Thick-Go Girl (Ryan C, GA)

Blame Them-Shame Them-American Government (Jenette M, OH)

*Take It-Make It-Your Life (Literary Diva BTR)*

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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Old Norse Poetry-encompasses a range of verse forms written in Old Norse, during the period from the 8th century (see Eggjum stone) to as late as the far end of the 13th century. Most of the Old Norse poetry that survives was preserved in Iceland, but there are also 122 preserved poems in Swedish rune inscriptions, 54 in Norwegian and 12 in Danish.

Old Norse poetry is characterised by alliteration, a poetic vocabulary expanded by heiti, and use of kennings. An important source of information about poetic forms in Old Norse is the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson.

Old Norse poetry is conventionally, and somewhat arbitrarily, split into two types; Eddaic poetry (also sometimes known as Eddic poetry) and skaldic poetry. Eddaic poetry includes the poems of the Codex Regius and a few other similar ones. Skaldic poetry is usually defined as everything else not already mentioned.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Kenning-is a type of literary trope, specifically circumlocution, in the form of a compound(usually two words, often hyphenated) that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun.

In literature, a kenning is a magic poetic phrase, a figure of speech, substituted for the usual name of a person or thing. Kennings work in much the same way as epithets and verbal formulae, and were commonly inserted into Old English poetic lines.


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Cave Painting-are paintings on cave walls and ceilings, and the term is used especially for those dating to prehistoric times. The earliest European cave paintings date to Aurignacain, some 32,000 years ago.

The purpose of the paleolithic cave paintings is not known. The evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations of living areas, since the caves in which they have been found do not have signs of ongoing habitation. Also, they are often in areas of caves that are not easily accessed. Some theories hold that they may have been a way of communicating with others, while other theories ascribe them a religious or
ceremonial purpose.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Technical Writing-a form of technical communication, is a style of writing used in fields as diverse as computer hardware and software, engineering, chemistry, the aerospace industry, robotics, finance, consumer electronics, and biotechnology. Technical writers explain technology and related ideas to technical and nontechnical audiences. This could mean, for example, telling a programmer how to use a software library or telling a consumer how to operate a television remote control.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Creative Nonfiction-is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not primarily written in service to its craft. As a genre, creative nonfiction is still relatively young, and is only beginning to be scrutinized with the same critical analysis given to fiction and poetry.



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Monday, March 14, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Alice Walker-is an African American author and poet. She has written at length on issues of race and gender, and is most famous for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Walker's first book of poetry was written while she was still a senior at Sarah Lawrence, and she took a brief sabbatical from writing when she was in Mississippi working in the civil rights movement.

In 1982, Walker would publish what has become her best-known work, the novel The Color Purple. About a young ugly black woman fighting her way through not only racist white culture but also patriarchal black culture, it was a resounding commercial success. The book became a bestseller and was subsequently adapted into a critically acclaimed 1985 movie as well as a 2005 Broadway musical play.


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK It's All About Monologues!

This "quick lit trend" has alot to do with dramatics, film, speaking one's thoughts before a crowd or to another character. Yes, we are talking about "monogloues."












Monologues-is when the character may be speaking his or her thoughts aloud, directly addressing another character, or speaking to the audience, especially the former.

Monologues are common across the range of dramatic media (plays, films, animation, etc.). It is distinct from a soliloquy, which is where a character relates his or her thoughts and feelings to him/herself and to the audience without addressing any of the other characters. It is also distinct from an apostrophe, wherein the speaker or writer addresses an imaginary person, or inanimate object, or idea.














The term "monologue" was actually used to describe a form of popular narrative verse, sometimes comic, often dramatic or sentimental, which was performed in music halls or in domestic entertainments in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Characters would break out, announcing their thoughts to themselves.

*Monologues will always be a "literary trend" because of the realness they often bring to the literary world.  When they are written with real literary flavor it's truly amazing how you can relate to what the person is saying. In today's society, putting on a one-person show is a trend, and with that "monolgues" aren't going away anytime soon.


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Dante Alighieri-commonly known as Dante, was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

The Divine Comedy describes Dante's journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory(Purgatorio), and Paradise (Paradiso), guided first by the Roman poet Virgil and then by Beatrice, the subject of his love and of another of his works, La Vita Nuova. While the vision of Hell, the Inferno, is vivid for modern readers, the theological niceties presented in the other books require a certain amount of patience and knowledge to appreciate. Purgatorio, the most lyrical and human of the three, also has the most poets in it; Paradiso, the most heavily theological, has the most beautiful and ecstatic mystic passages in which Dante tries to describe what he confesses he is unable to convey


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Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Jacob van Maerlant-was the greatest Flemish poet of the thirteenth century and one of the most important Middle Dutch authors during the Middle Ages.  His early works are Middle Dutch translations of French romances. Jacob's most serious work in the field of romance was his Historie van Troyen (c. 1264), a poem of some forty thousand lines, translated and amplified from the Roman de Troie of Benoît de Sainte-Maure.



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Friday, March 11, 2011

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 3/11/11

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

Oh Baby-So Hot-Yummy Perfection (Terry G, TX)

I'm Tired-It's Over-Grow Up (Susan H, MD)

Your Ridiculous-Very Tacky-I'm Gone (Jen C, VA)

*People's Freedom-In Jeapardy-Fight Now (Literary Diva Of BTR)

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Autobiography-is a book about the life of a person, written by that person. The form of autobiography however goes back to antiquity. Biographers generally rely on a wide variety of documents and viewpoints; an autobiography, however, may be based entirely on the writer's memory.

Closely associated with autobiography (and sometimes difficult to precisely distinguish from it) is the form of memoir.


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Ghostwriter- is a professional writer who is paid to write books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person. Celebrities, executives, and political leaders often hire ghostwriters to draft or edit autobiographies, magazine articles, or other written material. In music, ghostwriters are used in film score composition, as well as for writing songs and lyrics for popular music genres.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Supermom blogger Kelly Oxford has book deal!

(AP) Kelly Oxford is a blogger, Twitter star and inspiration for a new CBS sitcom. Now, she has a book deal.

It Books and HarperCollinsCanada, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers, announced Tuesday that they would publish her memoir in the summer of 2012. The currently untitled book will be a "a series of side-splitting essays."

Oxford, who lives in Calgary, Alberta, is a wisecracking, stay-at-home mother of three with such famous fans as Jimmy Kimmel and Jessica Alba. Her life is the basis of "The Mother of All Something," a planned CBS sitcom for which Alba will serve as executive producer.

CBS already airs the Twitter-inspired sitcom "$(hash)(asterisk)! My Dad Says."

Bill Clinton writes preface for spy novel!

(AP) Bill Clinton has entered the spying game.

The former president, whose memoir sold millions of copies, has written a preface for his friend Thomas Caplan's "The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen." The book is a thriller about movie star and former intelligence officer Ty Hunter and his race to keep nuclear warheads out of the wrong hands.

Clinton, who roomed with Caplan when both were at Georgetown University, praises the novel as a "stylish, involving, utterly contemporary puzzle." Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced Tuesday that the book comes out in early 2012.

Owen Laster, literary agent, dead at age 72!

(AP) Owen Laster, a literary agent and executive of old-fashioned self-effacement and integrity whose many clients included Judy Blume, Gore Vidal and the estate of Margaret Mitchell, died Wednesday. He was 72.

Laster, who retired in 2006, died in his Manhattan apartment after a brief illness, said his friend and attorney Richard Snider. Numerous friends had visited him recently, including former colleague Robert Gottlieb, who said Laster was "to our industry as a literary agent as Maxwell Perkins was to the publishing industry as a publisher and editor."

"I remember as his assistant that when a young person called and asked for a meeting with him he would meet with them and encourage them to join our industry. He took the time for people even though he was the most successful agent of his time," Gottlieb, who now chairs the rival Trident Media Group, wrote in a posting on the online industry newsletter Publishers Marketplace.

"He truly never had a bad word to say about anyone. His kindness and gentle manner was unique in a very competitive industry."

In a career that lasted more than 40 years, Laster's authors also included Ralph Ellison, Robert Penn Warren and Susan Isaacs. Among his more notable projects were the authorized sequel to Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind," Alexandra Ripley's million-selling "Scarlett" and the posthumous release of Ellison's "Juneteenth," the novel Ellison spent decades trying to complete after receiving high acclaim for his debut, "Invisible Man."

Gerald Howard, an editor at Doubleday, said Laster "was always honest, straightforward and unfailingly pleasant — a true gentleman of the old school. And he takes a whole lot of publishing history with him into the great beyond." Isaacs remembered seeking an agent in the mid-1980s and having many in the industry recommend Laster as "a tough bargainer, but also a gentleman."

After stepping down from William Morris, where he had served as head of worldwide literary operations, Laster said he had become less "enamored" with the business because profit had become more important than quality, even if he was among the enriched.

"The dollars have changed — I retired a much wealthier man than I would have under the old system," he said in an interview with The Editorial Department, an industry consultant firm. "James Michener, when I became his agent was doing $600,000, $700,000 a year. Now it would be more like $10

Some successes were unexpected. Laster recalled taking on "The 25th Hour," a debut novel by David Benioff. Unable to interest a large publisher, Laster sold it to Carroll & Graf, for $7,500. But he and Benioff made far more. The book was adapted into a Spike Lee film and the paperback rights went for $500,000.

"Thirty publishers had turned it down," Laster said.

Laster, a native of Weehawken, N.J., began at William Morris soon after graduating from Syracuse University. He was not married and had no children, Snider said.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Elena Garro-was a Mexican writer. She was once married to writer and diplomat Octavio Paz. Her work touches on the themes of the marginalization of women and racism. Most important was her criticism of the Mexican government.

She also portrayed a critical vision of the Mexican Revolution (1910) in her master novel "Los recuerdos del porvenir" (1963), which was awarded the Xavier Villarutia Prize, and which has been translated into several languages. Her novel "Y Matarazo no llamó . . . " criticizes how the government used excessive force to stop the labor strike.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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Octavio Paz-was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature. A prolific author and poet, Paz published scores of works during his lifetime, many of which are translated into other languages.

His early poetry was influenced by marxism, surrealism, and existentialism, as well as religions such as buddhism and hinduism. His poem, "Piedra de sol" ("Sunstone"), written in 1957, was praised as a "magnificent" example of surrealist poetry in the presentation speech of his Nobel Prize. His later poetry dealt with love and eroticism, the nature of time, and Buddhism.


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Monday, March 7, 2011

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John Keats-was an English romantic poet. He was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic movement, despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death.

During his life, his poems were not generally well received by critics; however, after his death, his reputation grew to the extent that by the end of the 19th century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets.


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Sunday, March 6, 2011

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK It's All About Illustration!

This "quick lit trend" is a writers right hand in the industry. It's a trend used to create a story on the outside of the book and sometimes inside as well. Yes it's all about; "illustration!"

Illustration-is a displayed visualization form presented as a drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that is created to elucidate or dictate sensual information (such as a story, poem or newspaper article) by providing a visual representation graphically.

Notable figures of the early century were John Leech, George Cruikshank, Dickens' illustrator Hablot Knight Browne and, in France, Honoré Daumier. The same illustrators contributed to satirical and straight-fiction magazines, but in both cases the demand was for character-drawing that encapsulated or caricatured social types and classes.




The American "golden age of illustration" lasted from the 1880s until shortly after World War I (although the active career of several later "golden age" illustrators went on for another few decades). As in Europe a few decades earlier, newspapers, mass market magazines, and illustrated books had become the dominant media of public consumption. Improvements in printing technology freed illustrators to experiment with color and new rendering techniques. A small group of illustrators in this time became rich and famous. The imagery they created was a portrait of American aspirations of the time.



As the literary community and the arts continues to evolve, so will illustration. Many illustrators are still doing it the old fashion way, but with a twist; computers! It's amazing how "illustration" has grown throughout time, and with that, every year comes something new and fresh. It's something that comes with time change.
 
The way we at "Diva's House Of Literary Coffee" see it; illustration will never go away, because there will always be someone who will need a book cover or illustrations inside of their book. 
 
What a trend and a classic one at that!
 
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John Leech (caricaturist)-was an English caricaturist and illustrator. Leech's works include; designs of  four charming plates to Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (1843), the broadly humorous etchings in the Comic History of England (1847–1848), and the still finer illustrations to the Comic History of Rome (1852), which last, particularly in its minor woodcuts, shows some exquisitely graceful touches, as witness the fair faces that rise from the surging water in Cloelia and her Companions Escaping from the Etruscan Camp.

 Leech's lithographic work, we have, in 1841, the Portraits of the Children of the Mobility, an important series dealing with the humorous and pathetic aspects of London street Arabs, which were afterwards so often and so effectively to employ the artist's pencil. Amid all the squalor which they depict, they are full of individual beauties in the delicate or touching expression of a face, in the graceful turn of a limb.


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Saturday, March 5, 2011

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 3/4/11

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

I Cry-To Heal-Bad Thoughts (Roberta T, NJ)

Life Sells-True Opportunity-Take It (Cynthia R, CT)

Lying Men-Take Advantage-Vunerable Women (Erica S, FL)

*American Rules-Very Bogus-Get Real (Literary Diva of BTR)*

For more info on the "six word story" or to submit contact us at: literarydiva29@yahoo.com

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, philosophy, and science. His Faust has been called the greatest long poem of modern European literature.

Goethe's other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.


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Stephen King writes novel about JFK killing!

Stephen King's next novel takes on a real-life horror story: The assassination of JFK.

"11/22/63," the title named for the day of President Kennedy's murder, tells of a high school teacher's desperate effort to prevent the tragedy. Scribner announced Wednesday that the 1,000-page book will come out on Nov. 8.

King's many best-sellers include "Carrie" and "Misery."


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Calif. killer's ex-mistress sued over book deal!

 (AP) The former mistress of convicted wife killer Scott Peterson is being sued by a California author who says Amber Frey failed to cooperate in the writing of a book and screenplay.

Peter Reynosa's breach of contract suit, filed late Wednesday in Fresno Superior Court, seeks $250,000 or Frey's renewed cooperation on the book "Memoirs of a Sex Addict" and the screenplay "Myths of the Flesh."

Frey did not respond to Fresno Bee requests for reaction, but her father, Ron Frey, told the newspaper the lawsuit is simply an attempt to cash in on his daughter's name.

Peterson is on San Quentin's death row for killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn child in 2002.

Frey dated Peterson in 2002 and she testified for the prosecution at his trial.


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Mexico gives Vargas Llosa top honor for foreigner!

(AP) Mexico has awarded its highest honor for a foreigner to Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature.

President Felipe Calderon presented the Peruvian author with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle on Friday. Calderon also praised him for advocating for freedom and democracy.

Vargas Llosa said that since he has been sharply critical of Mexico at times, Calderon's words speak to "the democratic spirit of Mexico."

The writer has criticized a number of governments in Latin America, often ones with left-leaning leaders like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

Vargas Llosa' selection to open Argentina's book fair next month has created controversy there among some on the left who consider him an extreme conservative.


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Friday, March 4, 2011

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Graphonomics-is the interdisciplinary field directed towards the scientific analysis of the handwriting process and the handwritten product. Research in graphonomics generally involves handwriting movement analysis in one form or another.

International Graphonomics Society-created at the 1985 international conference with the main purpose being to coordinate and assist in the growth and development of the field of graphonomics in all its forms. This has been done through conferences, workshops and publication of proceedings from those events.


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Sahara Hill Latest Book! "My Panty Drawer Dilemma: How I Started The Fabulous Panty Drawer Intervention."

Amazing, funny, and very interesting as author Sahara hill takes women's panty drawer's to a whole new level.

This book touches on friendships, relationships, and takes you inside of a woman's most intimate part; her panty drawer.

The characters in the book Sonya, Karen, Robin and Melissa are like women I know and love. They all seem real to me. I can't leave out Sonya's assistant "Antoine." He's gay and fabulous! Loved him!

This book should be made into a TV series and or movie with how it's written.

I can't wait or the second book to come and continue to read about Sonya and her quest to get rid of those horrible panty drawers. Loved it!

4 stars!

Ronnie J for Diva's Nation

Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Richard Corben-is an American illustrator and comic book artist best known for his comics featured in Heavy Metal magazine. He is the winner of the 2009 Spectrum Grand Master Award.

His work in comics and animation has won him recognition, including the Shazam Award for Outstanding New Talent in 1971, and a Shazam Award for Superior Achievement by an Individual in 1973. He also received a CINE Golden Eagle and President of Japan Cultural Society trophy in 1968 for his short film Neverwhere.


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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Graphic novel-is a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format. The term is employed in a broad manner, encompassing non-fiction works and thematically linked short stories as well as fictional stories across a number of genres.

The term graphic novel is not strictly defined and is sometimes used, controversially, to imply subjective distinctions in artistic quality between graphic novels and other kinds of comics. It suggests a complete story that has a beginning, middle and end, as opposed to an ongoing series. It can also imply a story that is outside the genres commonly associated with comic books, or that deals with more mature themes.


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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW! 3/1/11

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting is what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Bachic Foot-A three-syllable foot of poetry consisting of a light stress followed by two heavy stresses. The bachic foot is also called a bachius, and poetry written in bacchic feet is said to be written in bachic meter.


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