Archive | October, 2011

Do you NaNoWriMo?

Back in 1999, Chris Baty had a ‘silly idea’ and convinced 20 of his friends to try and write a whole novel in a month. Today, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has spread across the world, tempting writers with itchy fingers to take on the crazy challenge. NaNoWriMo is also happening in the Middle East […] [...more]

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Community fostered by design – the MenaLabs Series

Tasmena’s MENAlab project offers members of society an interactive forum to identify and discuss the relationship between a city, its people and its culture By Alice Johnson, Special to Weekend Review Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News Participants during the launch of the new phase of the MENAlab 2011 by The JamJar in Al Quoz Have […] [...more]

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The best of… #lessexcitingbooknames

Ok, I don’t normally post threads from Twitter – in fact this is the first time! Some of these had me in stitches though, for hours! Here’s the best of #lessexcitingbooknames: @MrVilliers The Reasonably OK Gatsby @IntrovertedKev The Spy Who Came in With a Cold @Pocket_Books The Raisins of Wrath @Bertchester The Lie In, The […] [...more]

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Egypt’s revolution: in Tweets

A highly recommended book I recently reviewed – how the Egyptian revolution unfolded, as told by Cairo-based Twitter users. I think it might even be the first book of its kind published in this format. The story of the Egyptian revolution told through the eyes of Cairo-based tweeters By Alice Johnson There is only so […] [...more]

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14 Punctuation Marks That You Never Knew Existed

  The Lovely people at Buzz Feed know their punctuation! How many of these do you know? I’m not sure if I believe the exclamation comma… Post by Jack Shepherd     Dagger Also called an Obelisk. This bad boy (on the left), and its two-headed friend (on the right) the Double Dagger or Diesis, […] [...more]

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Why do journalists make such bad managers?

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Why I write

It seems this is an obligatory blog post – for writers to write why they write. To list their reasons, specify their work ethic, explain their craft. So, here’s my list. Why I write 1. To empty my head of all the words overrunning it 2. To tell everyone my ideas 3. To become a […] [...more]

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No-one writes like Dickens

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Great new writing website from ‘Fight Club’ author

What does a famous author do with himself when he’s written loads of bestsellers? Set up a writing website, of course. And I’m very pleased Chuck Palahniuk – author of ‘Fight Club’ – has done just that. Lit Reactor ‘Connect, Learn, Improve, Publish’ seems to be packed with everything a writer needs. Create your own […] [...more]

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Sibling relationships more important than rivalry

How much do you value your relationships with your brothers and sisters? According to author Jeffrey Kluger, siblings are vastly underrated: they provide our earliest lessons on how to conduct friendships and how to resolve conflicts. They serve as both role models and as cautionary tales. And they’re fixtures in our lives longer than our […] [...more]

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