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New genres for fiction March 27, 2010

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“. . . only a few books have actually created whole new genres.”

I’ve been trying to dig into my friends’ imaginations to come up with names for new genres for fictional works, but so far nothing has come to their minds. With that in mind, I am restricted to my own creativity. Consider yourselves warned.

Non-action adventure: When the only adventure is the unlikely snowstorm blowing across the acrid plains.

Sniffing detective: When you can smell a good story on the jacket, but never find one.

Literary fantasy: When the entire book is the mindless ramblings of a writer’s one demented brain cell.

Horrific fiction: The kind of writing no publishing house will ever pick up. You can find a lot of this on poetry forums.

Mysterance: When the writer started out with a mystery and then found she had nothing after page forty, so she turned it into a romance.

Romatrance: When a romance is riddled with the staring at: lips, cleavage, piercing blue eyes, and other things that put readers into a trance-like stupor.

Engineered fiction: What happens when left-brained writers try to write fiction.

Western-Southern: When it’s all about who’s cooking the ribs at the shootout.

Literaslumber: Page after page of descriptive writing and not much else.

Chocolatica: Writing that causes the reader to revel in the sensual pleasures of eating chocolate.

Please feel free to add to this. If I get enough input, I might even send a book to the winner. 🙂

 

 

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Submission package scholarships March 20, 2010

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Writer’s Relief, Inc. is offering three writers the chance to win a Peter K. Hixson Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writers.

” . . . a scholarship fund so that up-and-coming writers might have the opportunity to advance their careers with the help of Writer’s Relief.”

Writer’s Relief is a company that helps writers to find markets for their writing, but Writer’s Relief does more than that—it helps writers prepare cover letters, query letters, and submission packages. The scholarships offered will cover the cost of these services.

Three awards will be made, one in each of the following genres:
Novel
Short Prose (Story or Essay)
Poetry

“Three writers will each receive two rounds of A La Carte PLUS submissions valued at over $500 per scholarship. Our A La Carte PLUS service includes cover or query letter creation and targeting to 25+ literary agents or journals.”

Applications must be received between April 1, 2010, and midnight on April 23, 2010.

There is no fee to apply.

To learn more, the submission guidelines and dates are here.

 

 

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T-shirts for writers March 15, 2010

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Mental Floss is a Web site for people who think they know more than everyone else, or they want to. Then again, it could be that Mental Floss’s fans just love knowledge. I read it from cover to cover. . . .

Nevertheless, Mental Floss has a store full of very cool t-shirts, and some of them are perfect for writers.

Ambiguity: What happens in Vagueness stays in Vagueness.

The Comma Sutra: Making Grammar Sexy Since 1875.

Hyperbole is the Best Thing Ever!

I’m an English major. You do the math.

Idioms are for the Birds.

I avoid clichés like the plague.


Spell Czech.

Hobbits are Tolkien Minorities.

Veni Vidi Wiki: I came. I saw. I edited collaboratively.

The Constitution: I Read it for the Articles.

Palindromes are rasemordnilap.

                                                                 

You can order these t-shirts and others from the Mental Floss store.

 

 

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Roll up laptop March 11, 2010

Filed under: Technology tips,Writing — sallyhanan @ 12:15 am
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Ever since the typewriter came on the scene, it’s been more of a struggle for writers to travel with their writing instruments in their purse/murse (man purse). All that will change in the next few years because a roll up laptop is in its design stage right now.

With the right electronics in place, the potential applications of morphing materials are huge. Download a document to your phone and then view it on this A5-sized screen you can fit in your pocket, pull out a full-sized keyboard from your PDA or view your songs on a larger but roll-up ipod screen.” ~Gemma Simpson

The product can be used as a monitor, laptop, or tablet. The central piece contains the speakers, USB ports, and power cable.

No one has given an exact date as to when this gorgeous piece of technology will be available for consumers, but I’ve been seeing four to five years as the general consensus on that.

 

 

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Murders and forensic investigations March 8, 2010

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I found a wonderful book at the library the other day—Teasing Secrets from the Dead: My Investigations at America’s Most Infamous Crime Scenes by Emily Craig.

Ms. Craig has a background in medical illustration, but she is now the state forensic anthropologist for the commonwealth of Kentucky. Her descriptions of sculpting facial features onto skulls, examining rotting flesh on bones, and noting the impact of hard instruments on a skeleton can help a crime writer tremendously.

“Unflinching, compassionate, and beautifully written. I was hooked from page one.” ~Sue Grafton

While the book is well written, I kept turning the pages wanting to find out more about how the crimes were resolved, not just the information about what Ms. Craig did with the victims’ bones. As writers, though, this might make the book all the more important to us—it can bring our imaginations to the point of constructing new plots that dance among the details of her discoveries.

 

 

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How to accent words from your US keyboard March 4, 2010

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Most of the English-typing world uses the QWERTY keyboard, but a problem with this is that foreign words that have been adopted into the English language can’t be accented properly, or can they?

“The QWERTY design is based on a layout designed by Christopher Latham Sholes in 1874 for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in the same year, when it first appeared in typewriters.” ~ Wikipedia

The QWERTY design has helped out typists a lot, but little things that mattered like umlauts and soft c’s (diacritical marks) weren’t easily reproducible. Since the US international layout came into being, though, this hasn’t been a problem.
                                                                                                                                        
To figure out how to add diacritical marks to your words, take a look at Microsoft Office’s list of keyboard shortcuts.

And for those of you who love to know banal words that you will never use unless you are trying to impress, here’s some stuff to add to your arsenal of pride.

Acute accent: á
Cedilla: ç
Circumflex: â
Diaeresis: ü
Grave accent: à
Tilde: ñ

 

 

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