Posts Tagged ‘literature’


What am I writing?

January 11, 2016


The Newbery, the Caldecott, the King awards have all been announced for this year, but what about the Bulwer-Lytton Award?  This award, created in 1982 by San Jose University, recognizes the world’s worst sentence.  This award was inspired by Victorian author Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who penned the infamous, “it was a dark and stormy night.”   In full:

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” — Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

More information including writing contest rules, winners, more wretched writing, and a quiz I particularly liked where you have to determine if a passage was written by Dickens or Bulwer-Lytton, can be found at Bulwer-Lytton website.


Where am I on tattoo Tuesday?

September 16, 2014

Exhib artwork.indd

Still in London – thanks to Butterfly Tales for the above . . .

Exhib artwork.indd For more literary maps – click here.

And the tattoos:

london tattoos




What is tattoo Tuesday about?

September 3, 2013

This week a few literature oriented tattoos:

knittingVirginia Woolf

wind up bird chronicleThe Wind Up Bird Chronicle

tempestThe Tempest

These are from BuzzFeed:  50 Incredible Tattoos Inspired by Books


What are my books saying about me?

June 27, 2012

Have not posted for a while because I have been traveling – pleasure and then business – with limited connectivity.  I saw this story this morning in the Wall Street Journal, “A House to Look Smart In.”  It talks about how some people – 30 to 55 year-olds with money – are hiring people to design their libraries in order to look smart and well-read.  There are probably other reasons that are not so cynical.  The article also talks about luxury publishers and rare book dealers, as well as collection developers.  All of this in opposition to the rise in e-publishing and the heralded demise of ink and paper books.

I particularly liked this quote from the rare book dealer, Donald Heald, “If you want to own a great atlas of London from the 18th century, that when you hold it in your hands you’re transported, there is no app for that.”

I have an e-reader and a Kindle and I still buy books and go to the library and lend and borrow books from my friends.  I don’t know what that says about me, except that, as you know, I own over 300 cookbooks.  More about them later.


What am I Sappy Cat Blogging about now?

May 25, 2012

Great Literature of Cats 101 from the folks over at BuzzFeed.


What am I driving?

April 25, 2012

What a beauty! Forget texting; this vehicle goes way beyond that.  This is from the bookshelf blog.