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Favorite Books on Writing and Creativity

Worthwhile Links

WordPlay…just for fun


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Writer's Resources

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Favorite Books on Writing and Creativity

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott

Zen in the Art of Writing - Ray Bradbury

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life - Twyla Tharp

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation – Lynne Truss

Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing – Patricia T. O'Conner

Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English – Patricia T. O'Conner


Worthwhile Links

Heifer International - Bringing an end to world hunger with proven solutions and passing on the gift.

The PegBoard - Peg's blog wherein she talks about whatever happens to catch her fancy including flying, words, and chocolate.

The Negotiation Pro - Intellectual Property and Business Negotiation by the master of Zen and the Art of Negotiation  .http://negotiation

The WordLens - Writing services including website content and business weblogs.

Mudpuddle Creations - Excellent website and graphic design, including this website and The Writer's Book of Days book cover.

Cat and Caboodle - For cat lovers, a source for the best collectibles. Don't miss the blog with great photos and videos.

Julie Zickefoose – A scientist, artist, and writer with a lyrical style and an eye and ear for the wonders of nature. Her sense of humor and wonder come through in her writing, her watercolors, and commentaries on NPR.

The Publicity Hound - Great information and tips on marketing (hate that drop down box, but her site has good stuff).

Miss Snark is a literary agent with two years of great advice on her now-silent blog. Troll through for no-nonsense comments that will teach you a great deal about writing and commercial publishing.  

Free Translation from 7 languages to English, and from English to 10 languages.

Urban Legends reference - if you think it's too good to be're probably right.

The Klingon Language Institute - Worf sends his regards.

How many days since you were born or since your wedding? Calculate the years, months, days, hours, and seconds.

When you need to know what day of the week January 1, 1932 was - a virtual perpetual calendar

Sometimes you just need to look at something soft and cuddly. Here's your page for all the cute you can handle, and then some.


WordPlay...Just For Fun

Why I Love Spell Check
This is for everyone who thinks spell-checkers are also proof-readers...    

I have a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye cannot sea    

When eye strike a quay, right a word
I weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar wright
It shows me strait aweigh    

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two late
And eye can put the error rite
Its rarely, rarely grate    

I've run this poem threw it
I'm shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew


A Wonderful New Technology

A promotional piece for a great new product crossed my desk recently and I want to share it with all my visitors:


Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (B.O.O.K.) It's a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere--even sitting in an armchair by the fire--yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disk.

 Here's how it works: Each B.O.O.K. is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper, each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder that keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. The user scans each sheet optically, registering information directly into his or her brain. A flick of the finger takes the user to the next sheet. 

The B.O.O.K. may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The "browse" feature allows the user to move instantly to any sheet and to move forward or backward as desired. Most B.O.O.K.s come with an "index" feature that pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

 An optional "B.O.O.K.mark" accessory allows the user to open the B.O.O.K. to the exact place left in a previous session—even if the B.O.O.K. has been closed. B.O.O.K.marks fit universal design standards; thus, a single B.O.O.K.mark can be used in B.O.O.K.s by various manufacturers. 

Portable, durable, and affordable, the B.O.O.K. is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).