Sunday, May 31, 2009

Write or Die

Write or Die: Dr. Wicked's Writing Lab

"Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences. "

*I haven't tried Write or Die but I have looked at it with interest. I found the link via a twitter post and saved it for a quiet day. I may give it a shot on Tuesday when I can concentrate on writing while the house is empty. ~ Apryl

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

drabble prompt: rock

this weeks drabble prompt is rock, you can interpret that any way you wish, from a pet rock to thrumming rock music.

have fun creating a world in 100 words.

Character Map

the following questions are for a Character Map Exercise to help you build a solid character.

Character’s name and age; other personal details
What does he/she most love?
What does he/she most hate?
What he/she eat for breakfast?
How did he/she last vote in the last election, if at all?
Where did he/she go to school?
Does he/she have any noticeable traits which affect everyday life; short-sightedness, a limp, colour-blindness, can’t tell left from right?
Does he/she drive? If so what? If not, why not?

How would this person be most likely to react to/ interact with:
Margaret Thatcher
the Dalai Lama
an estate agent
someone spitting in the street
Modern art
A pornographic film
East Enders
A friend getting so drunk they couldn’t walk
A screaming baby
Market researcher in the street

Where does this person buy clothes? Are clothes important to him/her?
What music is currently on this person’s CD/ipod ?
Is this person allergic to anything?
Do they have any medical history we need to know about?
What are his/her greatest talents, and greatest weaknesses?
Would you trust this person with a secret? Why/ why not?
Could this person ever be unfaithful in a long-term relationship?
What sort of books, magazines or newspapers does this person read?
What is his/her biggest fear?
What is his/her biggest secret?
Write down five words that describe this person.

Here is an excellent list of 100 character Development Questions

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Elf Sorrow Review

This was quite a hard book to get into at first. There are quite a lot of different characters to remember and two different storylines which was not immediatly apparent. I fell i would have made it easier if I had first read the trilogy 'Chronicles of the Raven' as this book deos refer back a few times and I think reading them would have given a good insight into this book. On th eplus side the raven re easy to like as characters and your find yourself wanting them to survive and reading more of their adventures. - Sharon Book Club Member

Monday, May 25, 2009

TIME magazine all time 100 novels

the complete list of TIME magazines top 100 novels 1923 to present.

the Modern Library 100 best novels

more lists I know but the Modern Library 100 best Novels has a lost from the lobrary board and from readers, so intresting things there.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

drabble prompt: cable

drabble prompt for the week of tuesday the 19th is cable, so get your thinking caps on and get writing.

Monday, May 18, 2009


The Gardian Observer: the 100 greatest noves of all time

Baen Free Library

top 100 sci fi books

top 100 fantasy books

fantasy book review top 100

library Thing- catalogue your books online

Goodreads- another online book catalogue and community (I have a account there but have only begun to catalogue my books )

Sara Douglass: Creating a Fantasy World

100 books meme

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. The list was bumbling about facebook and blogland and is apparently a bastardization of a "most popular" books list with some high brow pretentious books thrown in. I shall look up a "classic" list and a sci-fi list as well.

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read ENTIRELY
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

drabble prompts

this week has two drabble prompts to choose from:




so get your thinking caps on and write up a world in 100 words. You can use both words in your drabble, or write two different drabbles, or just choose the word that inspires you to write the most.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Gate Drabble

You couldn’t actually see the portal, the landscape looked the same, no matter where you were standing, if you walked north or south of the gateway, you continued on your travels unaware. If you walked into the portal on the other hand, the world changed completely, as it transported you to Whitewater in Archipelago, a city unlike no other. The talented, could learn to locate and navigate these portals. Nathaniel was one such person, tall, skinny, lank haired, shabbily clothed, as unassuming as a person could be, his only moniker a cigar permanently adhered to the right of his mouth.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

drabble prompt: gate

this weeks writing drabble prompt is: Gate

so grab a notepad or open up word and write a little story in 100, 200 or 300 words.