Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New in the word-shaping world--

Ari Karple, How to Be Prolific: Guidelines for Getting it Done from Joss Whedon.

I read this piece because my filmmaking-drawing-writing daughter is a Whedon fan and tends to be a bit slow and overly critical of herself at times, and I thought she might like it. But I think it might be useful to many people in its against-the-grain advice on how to make art despite time's winged chariot rattling and thundering at one's heels.

Eratosphere Sonnet Bake-off

I've never followed one of these bake-off competitions before, but I am trying it this time and enjoying it. A large number of sonnets were sent in, and guest editors Catherine Chandler and Gail White have picked what they see as the ten best, two every day for five days. Eratosphereans pile in daily and comment on each. Winners and honorable mentions appear afterward, but what I'm really enjoying is the process, and seeing a bunch of intelligent people who love form comment and discuss. Some people are more soft-hearted or less critical; some are ruthless. It's an interesting batting about of the badminton birdie, and you get to know Spherean characters pretty quickly. Each poem has its own thread, so you can pick out a poem and follow comments to the end. You can comment if you join, an easy process.

Using Scrivener

Thinking about it--not sure, but I think that I got the link from Cat Rambo on twitter. Should I switch?

Hot-weather harpies

It's supposed to hit 95 in normally cool Cooperstown . . . As few of us have air conditioners, we have been feeling so good, old-fashioned, unmediated weather. So it's still a perfect day for meeting up with harpies. Slide down to the prior post if you desire such an encounter.

And a late addition: Who edited Shakespeare?

"And while it might seem gratuitous scepticism to doubt the integrity of Shakespeare's text, it is clear that someone edited the Folio. It is Florio's linguistic inventiveness – as well as his links to Jaggard and Blount – that would seem to single him out as the most likely contender." Love Shakespeare? This is fascinating!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.