Christmas Calendar 2018

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One way to repurpose blog content that would otherwise just sit there is to create a Christmas calendar. So that’s what I did. One snippet from here, a quote from there… Since I mostly write about writing, “Musing on Writing” was an obvious theme for me and my cal.

Do you have a Christmas calendar? Feel free to add a link to it in the comments.

Stan Lee (1922–2018)

In the clip below, the great Stan Lee talks about writing, characters, dialogs, and much more. A fly crawling on the wall gave him the idea to create a superhero who could stick to walls and ceilings like an insect. But what to name him? Insect-Man? Mosquito-Man? It became Spider-Man, of course.

RIP, Stan Lee.

Autumn is coming

 
With the leaves starting to fall, here are three autumnal pieces that popped up in my social media feeds.

Irish poet Pat Ingoldsby is known for taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary, in this case a single leaf in a tree outside his house. “All the other leaves are gone are you are still there.”

 
Help authors through the colder months, cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld says with this illustration, created for Guardian Review:

 
 
Andrew Davidson sums up the feel of an arriving autumn with Autumn Books, created for Wall Street Journal. The falling books are changing into leaves.

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Remembering Roald Dahl

 

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
— Roald Dahl, “The Minpins”

The great Roald Dahl was born 102 years ago today. He had a writing hut in his garden.

The video below is from the BBC Archive. It might take a little while for the video to appear. It’s worth the waiting.

‘Literary Massacre in Kuwait’: The State of Book Banning

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This month, there has been a fresh push from Kuwaiti citizens who are fed up with official censorship, both outside the Ministry of Information and online, with Kuwaitis posting photos of the banned books in their personal libraries at . Kuwaiti MA student Abrar Alshammari has been researching about censorship in Kuwait:

By Abrar Alshammari

Kuwait is currently experiencing a serious crisis of censorship. To the sorrow of many, it depicts almost literally the nightmare that Ray Bradbury portrayed in Fahrenheit 451.

In 2016, at the annual cultural conference of Nuqat in Kuwait City, award-winning Kuwaiti novelist Saud Al-Sanousi announced the horrific discovery that the Ministry of Information was burning banned books en masse, thousands of copies of his own novel Mama Hessa’s Mice included. The audience gasped in horror at the unimaginable atrocity of the state-sanctioned burning of literature, a blatant disrespect to books and their value…

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