Stages

April 26, 2017

Revision work can be tedious. It’s also about the time I usually fall out of love with what I’ve written so far and fantasise about starting something new. The only thing that stops me from doing just that is to set small goals, usually, at this stage, 300 words or 20 minutes work depending on whether I’m writing or revising. Nothing else works, not shame, nor treats, nothing other than knowing I’ve made some progress, a small advancement towards a finished book.

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This arrived in my book delivery yesterday. A self-help book, written by Sarah Knight, with the tagline, “How to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like.” Perhaps I’m due a nudge in the self-care direction, and so I’ll curb my usual, but not wholly justified cynicism and give it a try.

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YouTube: rarely. But here’s Sarah Knight talking about her book.

Yup… If you’re not yet registered to vote, but want to because you have the right to do so, good on you. You can find out about registering here https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote You need to have registered by midnight on Monday 22 May 2017 to be eligible to vote on 8th June.

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YouTube: rarely. But here’s me reading Impermanence from Dad Land.

Hilton Als.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIGITTE LACOMBE

 

Hilton Als, a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1994 and advisory editor for my beloved Paris Review, has been awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Here’s the story in The Paris Review, and a link to Hilton Als essays in The New Yorker.

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YouTube: rarely. But here’s a nice film, Toni Morrison in conversation with Hilton Als.

Writing Like This

April 13, 2017

Helen Keller wrote about a world she could neither see nor hear and she wrote as with the heart of the most fierce of poets. In this quote, she describes her early life experience as a deaf-blind person.

Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in, and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen? I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding-line, and had no way of knowing how near the harbour was. Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Keller’s awakening, “the light”, came when her teacher and companion, Anne Sullivan, was able to help her understand language; “everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought”. Keller shared her love of language and joy of learning, in her writing, and in the lectures she gave and the speeches she made throughout her life, becoming a symbol of courage and hope in the face of overwhelming odds to thousands of people across the world. She is remembered for transforming people’s views on others with disabilities, and for her activism and advocacy on many political and social issues, however, for this writer, it is for her intelligent and graceful use of language that she most cherished and often reread.

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YouTube: rarely. But here’s the film portrayal of the famous “Water Scene“, from the 1979 movie, The Miracle Worker.

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I wear glasses, and I buy my spare pairs online via the usual try-on at home retailers. This ingenious idea, the paper try-on, from Quattro-Centro Eyewear, seems so simple that you’ve got to wonder why it hasn’t been done already. I really hope this takes off.

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These business fundamentals guides in plain English from Indie.biz look useful.

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Harrogate By The Sea

April 5, 2017

 

Harrogate By The Sea Story Arc

Story Arc for Harrogate By The Sea

 

The final instalment of the short series, Harrogate By The Sea, is up on Writer of Things.

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