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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Odd habits of famous writers!

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Here's a sample "Alexandre Dumas, père, was a prolific writer, penning over three hundred works in his lifetime. Dumas once bet that he could finish a novel within three days, and won. Colors were essential to Dumas' writing process. He wrote poetry on yellow paper, articles on pink, and novels on blue. When vacationing in Eastern Europe, Dumas was unable to replenish his stock of blue paper, and had to use cream pages. He was convinced the color change had a negative impact on his writing at the time."

I don' think I qualify as famous yet before I can divulge on my odd habits which is a blessing because I got some weird habits.

“The Spy Who Loved”: Britain’s most glamorous agent

“The Spy Who Loved”: Britain’s most glamorous agent

"Not long after a woman going by the name of Christine Granville was stabbed to death in the hallway of a London hotel in 1952, five men formed a pact to “protect” her memory. They sought to preserve it from sensational newspaper and book accounts of her life as a hero of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), an intelligence force deployed against the Nazis during World War II. Most particularly, the pact planned to — and, for a while, succeeded at — squelching depictions of Christine Granville as a woman who had had affairs with many men. Ironically, most of the men in the pact were themselves her former lovers, and had at times been rivals for her affection. That even in death she was able to inspire this kind of devotion indicates what an extraordinary woman she was. It also didn’t hurt that she had saved most of their lives.
“The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville” by Clare Mulley is the most frank and comprehensive tribute yet to Christine — the name Mulley choose to use for her. She was born Krystyna Skarbek, the daughter of a Polish count and a Jewish banking heiress, in Warsaw in 1908. “Christine Granville” was one of her many alternate names, and one she was proud of, remarking that she’d certainly “earned” it in service of the British war effort. Yet she identified most profoundly as a Polish patriot, and all her life she wore the signet ring of her aristocratic family, whose members include Chopin’s earliest patron."

The 18 Greatest Movie Monsters quoted from my editor Harrison's blog

One of the many things I admire about Harrison R. Bradlow is his intelligence. The man sees things in so many ways that I did not know where possible. You may wonder what this has to do with movie monsters well thats like looking at the Mona Lisa and asking what does that have to do with Art in this day and age? Interpretation helps with everything. It helps with understanding and creating.

 quoted from Harrison's Blog

"QUICK disclaimers:

A) This isn’t a list of great monster movies, but rather the great monsters themselves.

B) I’ve only included monsters I’ve personally seen in film.

C) I fly pretty loose and fast with the definition of a “monster.” Agree with the list? Disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Without further ado, here are (in my opinion) The 18 Greatest Movie Monsters:


Amazon hasn’t killed us yet!

Amazon hasn’t killed us yet!

"For an industry whose imminent obsolescence and death is announced every day, the book business seemed pretty chipper last week. At BookExpo America, the annual conference in New York during which publishers present their new titles to bookstore buyers and the media, one observer — Michael Pietsch, CEO of the Hachette Book Group — even claimed to have detected a “gigantic sigh of relief” rising from the assembled.
Among the relieved is John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, who was interviewed onstage for the conference’s plenary session. His cheerfulness was especially striking when you consider that three months ago, Sargent, the most outspoken of the major publishers sued by the Justice Department for allegedly fixing e-book prices in collusion with Apple, was forced to settle that suit with the DOJ for an undisclosed amount. (Penguin, the other most recent settler, had to fork over $75 million.)"

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