Well said realm-of-the-elderlings and bookporn! Support your local bookstore! -LG
Polare bookstore at Maastricht, Netherlands.
realm-of-the-elderlings submitted this phorograph with this important message:
Guys, stop buying books online if you don’t have too!
I live in Holland and last week one of our biggest book chain stores had to close their doors! They say it’s temporary but they’ve gone trough some rough times before.
If this happens to the big chains, think of what happens to the smaller book stores.
Everyone loves those nice bookstores, tumblr is full of pictures of them. Please support them.
I read mostly English Fantasy books and now I have no idea where to buy them in my area…. the smaller shops only sell a very small selection of those.
So, guess I’ll be ordering my books online for now… Sure hope it’s not permanent.
We agree, it’s important to support our local bookstores.
Some of our followers, like writelaurengray, rockford1 and sapphiremyst have shared with us, photographs of the bookstores in their area. Each place has its particular magic, they provide work for a lot of people and help to build a community.
Happy Birthday, Keith Waterhouse, born 6 February 1929, died 4 September 2009
Keith Waterhouse’s 12 Ground Rules for Writers
- Use specific words (red and blue) not general ones (brightly coloured).
- Use concrete words (rain, fog) rather than abstract ones (bad weather).
- Use plain words (began, said, end) not college-educated ones (commenced, stated, termination).
- Use positive words (he was poor) not negative ones (he was not rich—the reader at once wants to know, how not rich was he?).
- Don’t overstate: fell is starker than plunged.
- Don’t lard the story with emotive or “dramatic” words (astonishing, staggering, sensational, shock).
- Avoid non-working words that cluster together like derelicts (but for the fact that, the question as to whether, there is no doubt that).
- Don’t use words thoughtlessly. (Waiting ambulances don’t rush victims to hospital. Waiting ambulances wait. Meteors fall, so there can be no meteoric rise.)
- Don’t use unknown quantities (very, really, truly, quite. How much is very?).
- Never qualify absolutes. A thing cannot be quite impossible, glaringly obvious or most essential, any more than it can be absolutely absolute.
- Don’t use jargon, clichés, puns, elegant or inelegant variations, or inexact synonyms (BRAVE WIFE DIED SAVING HER SON is wrong; wife is not a synonym for mother).
- Words are facts. Check them (spelling and meaning) as you would any other.
Waterhouse was a British writer. He wrote 16 novels, including Billy Liar, countless plays and film scripts, and a twice-weekly newspaper column for 40 years.
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We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say - and to feel - ‘Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.’
—John Steinbeck (via amandaonwriting)
Happy Birthday, Herman Charles Bosman, born 3 February 1905, died 14 October 1951
- For it is not the story that counts. What matters is the way you tell it. The important thing is to know just at what moment you must knock out your pipe on your veldskoen, and at what stage of the story you must start talking about the School Committee at Drogevlei. Another necessary thing is to know what part of the story to leave out… And you can never learn these things.
- Leopards? – Oom Schalk Lourens said – Oh yes, there are two varieties on this side of the Limpopo. The chief difference between them is that one kind of a leopard has a few more spots on it than the other kind. But when you meet a leopard in the veld, unexpectedly, you seldom trouble to count his spots to find out what kind he belongs to. That is unnecessary. Because whatever leopard it is that you come across in this way, you only do one kind of running. And that is the fastest kind.
- They are trying to make Johannesburg respectable to make us lose our sense of pride that our forebears were a lot of roughnecks who knew nothing about culture and who came here to look for gold.
Bosman is regarded as South Africa’s greatest short-story writer. He is the author of the memoir, Cold Stone Jug, and Mafeking Road: and Other Stories
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I suffer as always from the fear of putting down the first line. It is amazing the terrors, the magics, the prayers, the straitening shyness that assail one. It is as though the words were not only indelible but that they spread out like dye in water and color everything around them. A strange and mystic business, writing.
Literary Birthday - 29 January
Happy Birthday, Germaine Greer, born 29 January 1939
- A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.
- Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.
- Reading was my first solitary vice (and led to all others). I read while I ate, I read in the loo, I read in the bath. When I was supposed to be sleeping, I was reading.
- Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
- Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.
- There is no such thing as security. There never has been.
- Act quickly, think slowly.
Greer is an Australian academic, author, and journalist. Her ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility; The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause; Shakespeare’s Wife. She is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick.
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by Amanda Patterson from Writers Write
Happy Birthday, Edward Abbey, born 29 January 1927, born 14 March 1989
- Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
- A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
- May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
- You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.
- Abolition of a woman’s right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: a form of rape by the State.
- My loyalties will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation’s history, or limited in the spiritual dimension by one language and culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time.
- Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include The Monkey Wrench Gang and Desert Solitaire.
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