“Magdalena”

Today, io9 reiterated one of the best pieces of writing advice I've ever received, via Tor UK.  As articulated in this case by Jay Kristoff: Never finish a writing session by finishing off a scene. Even if you're in the grip of the muse and the words are flowing . . . stop before you …

“Wandering Jane”

Today I read:  But they had found it in the drawing room. Not that one could ever see them. The window panes reflected apples, reflected roses; all the leaves were green in the glass. If they moved in the drawing room, the apple only turned its yellow side. -- Virginia Woolf, "A Haunted House"

“Crush”

Today I read: Wait Mister. Which way is home? They turned the light out and the dark is moving in the corner. -- Ann Sexton, "Music Swims Back to Me" Thanks, LiAnn!

“The Penalty”

Hahah, here's some bad advice from famous writers. My favorite: “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” — Saul Bellow OK, sure, Saul, whatever you say.

“Little Brown Dog”

I tend to think that, after a certain point, researching fiction is just a stall, but Mary Robinette Kowal's attempt to create a Regency-era dictionary sure is impressive. The Jane Austen Word List comprises 14,793 words from Austen's works, which Robinette Kowal is trying to compile into an Open Office dictionary so that she can …

“Cornflake Girl”

LiAnn sent me this amazing list of Raymond Chandler's unused titles.  You better believe I'm gonna make every effort to use them. Some of my favorites: Here It Is Saturday The Corpse Came In Person Stop Screaming -- It's Me No Third Act Expect all of these gems to appear from yours truly soon.

“Zigeunerweisen”

Today I read: I am amazed that poets will continue to write about their divorces, even though there is currently a robot taking pictures of orange ethane lakes on Titan. - Christian Bök, about his poetry-producing microbe the Xenotext, in "The Xenotext: creating the poetry bug" [via the Outlet]