Posts Tagged ‘writer’
Thank you, everyone, for following me on 500 Words on Words!
As you might have noticed, I haven’t been exactly cranking out the new posts here for quite some time. This is because of a number of different reasons, none of which I’ll bore you with.
But what IS important is that I’ve returned from the darkness and am again posting and writing things online at my new site:
(I know I don’t need the Ws, but it just looks more symmetrical that way.)
That’s where I’ll be posting about my new writing that’s coming out and generally remarking on oddities that catch my interest, including the types of things I’d write about here plus more about writing, maybe some cool photography, and crazy historical facts I’m learning through researching the French & Indian War for a historical fiction I’m writing with author Evan Ronan.
So, if you wouldn’t mind, please check out my new site and feel free to follow along via RSS or email.
You had such a great time with my last NGEP contest that I couldn’t in good conscience postpone this one another day.
(Yes. You did have lots of fun. Don’t argue with me.)
Last time, I pretty broadly asked you to recommend your favorite writers. I got everything from Richard Brautigan (whom I’ve since read) to Christopher McDougall (whom I’m reading right now) to Lev Grossman (whose The Magicians is sitting on my to-be-read shelf at home).
Good show, folks, but this time around, I’m looking for something more specific:
Recommend your favorite short stories to win more
Nathanael Green Endorsement Points!
Reviews aren’t my forte, especially not of movies. So this isn’t a review.
Instead, it’s a challenge for those of you who’ve got the stomach for it. And an education for anyone trying to tell a story that will wrench your audience’s emotions.
Go see The Grey.
I need your help. And I promise it’ll hurt less than trying to read Ulysses.
If you tell me what writers I should be reading, you’ll
win Nathanael Green Endorsement Points!*
And the more writers you suggest, the more points you’ll rack up!
I just want to hear who your favorite authors are. That’s all.
I’m a fan of literature in general and enjoy everything from Joseph Conrad to Audrey Niffenegger. But pretty early on, I developed an especially strong hankering for fantasy fiction. I’ve read many (though by no means all) of the more common names in the genre like George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Robert E. Howard … you know, the household names that top on the must-read and best-first-fantasy-to-dip-your-toes-in lists.
Despite decades of reading, there are thousands of other excellent writers out there who I haven’t, but should, read. Maybe you’re even one of them.
So, please, dear readers of the webbernet, tell me what writers move you. Help me discover new, exciting voices for my next few book purchases.
Leave a comment and tell us what writers you think everyone should read. Plug your favorite books or plug your own books. And they don’t have to be fantasy or sci-fi, though those may earn beefier points. Just share what you like and you’re on your way to NGEP glory!
*I’m without a doubt making the Nathanael Green Endorsement Points (NGEP) system up as I go along and understand exactly how silly it is. They’re not worth anything whatsoever except as an inaccurate and arbitrary indication of my gratitude. Still, winning lots of points at anything rocks.
Bet you thought you’d never see that title. Still, there it is in black and white.
So, all you avowed word-nerds will certainly love this. But have you ever studied English as a foreign language? Maybe you’re an anglophile (mmm … scones). Or maybe you just have a hankerin’ for a rap battle, ANY rap battle.
Then you’ll dig this video.
As a part of their “What’s Your English” theme at the Macmillan Dictionary website, they apparently:
… asked Baba Brinkman (a Canuck) and Professor Elemental (a Brit) to produce a satirical rap-battle on the theme of stereotyped Canadian English versus stereotyped British English. The result was this ‘What’s your English?‘ video …
There you have it.
Also, I have to admit I stole my blog title from one of the best things on YouTube. It’s this guy, Nice Peter, who does videos called Epic Rap Battles of History. They’re probably not safe for work or children … and that’s exactly why they’re awesome-possum.
You’ve got twenty seconds in an elevator with the literary agent/record producer/employer/customer of your dreams … can you pique their curiosity with what you’re offering?
If you’ve done your homework, you’ll have an elevator statement ready to grab their interest.