The Incredible Eccentricities of 20 Great Writers – After you’ve checked out the writers who liked to write in the nude, you’ll get a kick out of this list of unusual writerly habits. From Balzac, who drank approximately 50 cups of coffee a day, to Byron, who apparently kept a bear in his dorm room, this list definitely calls for a new normal when it comes to author writing habits.Mental Floss
E-books surge as devices multiply — but print holds fast – Sometimes I wonder if the recent spate of articles defending the success of print books are intended to comfort those who were afraid digital books would take over the world and wipe out paper. Still, I think the Pew study that gave rise to this piece is interesting, and let’s face it: everyone wins when both print and digital are strong.
“Still, Pew’s survey of just over a thousand American adults found that in almost every demographic, more e-books are being read than ever: Twenty-eight percent of all respondents had read an e-book in the last year, compared with 23 percent in 2012 and 17 percent in 2011. Yet the the average number of books read per person (five) did not change, nor has it for years. How is that possible?”NBC News
“Greenlight allows users to vote on game projects and concepts posted by indie developers that they would like to see published on Steam. The highest voted software is then considered by Valve for a global Steam release.”CVG US
Jennifer Weiner Willing to Step Down As Feminist Gadfly – I have so many different reactions to and opinions about this piece and the backstory surrounding it that I’m not going to share any of them, and simply offer it up with the suggestion that if you’re not familiar with Weiner’s so-called “provocations,” that you check them out. There are some good links in this story, as well.
“What sets Weiner apart from other female authors isn’t some innate writerly disqualification from the boy’s club, but her unique position to critique it. She’s one of a handful of female authors with the publishing clout — in terms of dedicated readership, sales, and movie options — to speak out against industry sexism without fearing retribution. “New York Magazine
British Army war diaries 1914-1922 – I have made no secret of my desire to see more Romances set around World War I. Even in America and Britain, which have been so overdone in the genre, some really amazing things were happening at the turn of the 20th C, and the advent of modernity (and modernism) wrought substantial changes on individual and national consciousness. So I’m hoping this new digital project will perhaps inspire more research into this historical period.
“These records are the war diaries of the first three cavalry and the first seven infantry divisions of the British Army in the First World War. They are part of a large series of records, WO 95, which contains many more diaries that have not yet been digitised. They are not personal diaries try the Imperial War Museum for those.”The National Archives
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