Monday, March 30, 2009

Fill in the Gaps: 100 books Project Logos

So as previous posts have mentioned MoonRat has started a craze where people post up 100 books (usually ones should but don't get around to reading) which they will be read over the course of 5 years.

i asked the talented Ren Feathers to make up some logos. I'm including both image with size and direct link. Please feel free to post up on your blog to show you are joining up.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Fill in the Gap 100 List

So here is my list (its scary that i actually own over 50 of these books already!!), i bought the 'read, remember and recommend' a few months ago and it lists loads of 100's and award books so i used it to fill the gaps.

Off Topic: Some day i'm going to do the Feminista Journal's 100 best works by female writers, because its only when you start looking through the awards lists do you realise how few female writers there are listed in comparison to male writers. Anyhooo. . .

Heres my 100

1. The Blind Assasin – Margaret Atwood

2. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

3. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

4. Memoirs of Cleopatra – Margaret George

5. News of a Kidnapping – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

6. Zorro – Isabel Allende

7. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende

8. The Master – Colm Toibin

9. Persian Fire – Tom Holland

10. Rubican – Tom Holland

11. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

12. The Time Travellor’s Wife – Audrey Niffenberger

13. A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

14. Where I am Calling From – Raymond Carver

15. Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky

16. Magician – Raymond E. Feist

17. Speed of Dark – Elizabeth Moon

18. Secret of my Face – Karen Ardiff

19. 1984 – George Orwell

20. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

21. The Mission Song – John Le Carre

22. War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells

23. Let the night one in – John Ajvide Lindqvist

24. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

25. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

26. Oxford book of Short Stories

27. Ghost Stories – M.R. James

28. The Happy Prince & other stories – Oscar Wilde

29. North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell

30. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

31. Selected Tales – Edgar Allen Poe

32. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

33. Sons & Lovers – D.H. Lawrence

34. A Portrait of a Young Man. . . – James Joyce

35. Dracula – Bram Stoker

36. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

37. Lord of the Rings – J.R.R.Tolkein

38. A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin

39. The Russian Concubine – Kate Furnival

40. Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norell – Susanna Clarke

41. The Reality Dysfunction – Peter F. Hamilton

42. The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins

43. American Gods – Neil Gaimon

44. Consider Phlebas – Ian M. Banks

45. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawkings

46. River God – Wilbur Smith

47. The lies of Locke Lamara – Scott Lynch

48. Shadow – K.T. Parker

49. Troy – David & Stella Gemmell

50. Cosmonaut Keep – Ken MaCleod

51. Quicksilver – Neal Stephensen

52. The Messenger – Marcus Zusak

53. American pastoral – Philip Roth

54. Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – Kate Summersdale

55. The 19th Wife – David Ebershoff

56. The Outcast – Sadie Jones

57. East of the Sun – Julia Grigson

58. Revelation – C.J. Sansons

59. Nation – Terry Pratchet

60. Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman

61. Harry Potter – JK Rowling

62. Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle

63. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan

64. The Gathering – Anne Enright

65. Last Orders – Graham Swift

66. The Ghost Road – Pat Baker

67. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

68. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

69. Rabbit is Rich – John Updike

70. Atonement – Ian McEwan

71. The Love of a Good Woman – Alice Munro

72. All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

73. The Transit of Venus – Shirley Hazzard

74. The Curious Case of Benjamen button, apt. 3W – Gabriel Brownstein

75. Small Island – Andrea Levy

76. White Teeth – Zadie Smith

77. The Last King of Scotland – Giles Foden

78. The Lovely Bines – Alice Sebold

79. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt

80. Schindler’s List Thomas Keneally

81. Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

82. We Need to talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver

83. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard

84. I, Claudius – Robert Graves

85. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

86. Lolita – Vladimer Nabokov

87. The grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

88. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

89. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

90. Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham

91. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemmingway

92. Gone with the wind – Margaret Mitchell

93. A room with a view – E.M. Forster

94. The Awakening – Kate Chopin

95. Orlando – Virginia Wolfe

96. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

97. A Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy – Douglas Adams

98. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

99. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

100. Middle March – George Eliot

Project Fill-in-the Gaps

Ok i'm spreading the word of a new project sweeping the blogosphere (or it will be when i'm through) - if your anything like myself, you have bookshelves full of 'should-read' books.

Books by the likes of James Joyce or DH Lawrence, which still sit up touched after years and which you keep saying you'll read but never do.

Well MoonRat's friend Andromeda has come up with a project to tackle the 'medicine book' problem and MoonRat has posted about on her Blog, and is asking others to join.

I think this is a great idea and encourage everyone to do the same! (posted on the Writer's Chronicle here)

Here are the rules (adapt for yourself):

- Collect a list of 100 books which you feel you'll never get to read normally

- allow 25 % margin of error (i.e. if you get 75 read, you've done good)

- 5 years to read the books.

My list was generated by the following criteria:

- Classics that are not my style (ie. Not by female writers like jane austin)

-books that I've bought and owned for a long time, butNEVER seem to get around to reading

-One of 'the' books of each genre (e.g. Magician or George r.r. martin for fantasy genre)

-some books I've written done the names of, but never get round to buying them

-the rest filled with Award winning books.

I'm going to post my list soon, but if you want some examples - go to MoonRat's Blog for her list

Thursday, March 26, 2009

delusions of a FF writer

i'm speechless

read - the absoluteforum - it is cracking me up, my keyboard is covered in liquid from the laughing :)

To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

Ok so i really never understood the appeal of twitter, until i started hearing about people getting jobs and interviews through the process? is this the new way of getting a job? have i lost touch?

So i'd like to know, do you twitter? Do you like it? find it helpful? Should i twitter?

Ok my tweeter name is emilymcross (emilycross was already taken)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hedging your bets ala MoonRat!

Great post by the mighty one! Recommended to those who have an ego the size of cliffs of moher and think they are all that and a bag of chips when it comes to getting published

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Damn you West Wing!

West Wing is running my life. This is the second weekend in a row i've watched the boxset (bear in mind i've seen it three times all the way through) resulting in me doing no work!!!! I stopped watching when i got to mid series 6, i mean i can probably say the script word for word at this point. Can i just say too, how psychic the writers are in regards to season 6 & 7 - moderate republican and unknown ethnic minority democratic? except the economy was the nuclear explosion?

My Numbers

I believe writing is a continuous learning curve, where the more you write = the more you become skilled (like anything else practice makes perfect). Often though i find that as soon as i have a poem written or a short story/ novel scene typed, i instantly want feedback and i guess 'instant gratification' - even sans editing or polishing which is a disasterous habit for a writer to get into!

Like most writers out there i want to be published but need validation (instantly), which leads me to think ' oh i just typed up this poem, i'll enter for XXX contest' etc. Perhaps in that moment i believe (and it is at that moment) this is the best work i've ever written, but perhaps a week later i could stretch my skill muscle to write something much better?

So to curb myself i've decided on some numbers/goals which (and the last one is a bit redundant i know)

a] show that i'm a serious writer/poet

b] allow myself to practice = perfect

c] allow myself develop


100 Poems before i submit even one for publication

25 short stories before i submit even one for publication

1 novel completed before i submit one for publication

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Penny arcade humour

This reminds me of what my dear old dad always says about mobile phone texting "who knows? Maybe someday you'll actually be able to pick up a mobile and talk to someone with it"

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saint Patrick's Day : Irish Literature.

Ok so i'm jumping to gun a little, but i'll be busy St. Paddys day drowning my sorrows while i try and get my course work done.

So Ireland is known as the land of Saints & Scholars and i guess you could add writers to this title as well.

The most famous of all the irish writers past and present are those in this picture: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and four nobel prize winners - Yeats, Shaw, Beckett & Heaney (although Heaney would be classified as poet)

I think alot of people forget that such famous novels as Dracula (Bram Stoker), Gulliver's Travels (johnathon Swift) and The vicar of Wakefield (Oliver Goldsmith) were writtern by Irish people.

Or such famous plays and playrights that range from restoration period with William Congreve to those of the Abbey threatre like Yeats, Synge and O'Casey or twentieth century playwrites like Beckett, Behan, Friel & McGuiness were born and bred in Ireland

Interesting, i think is that 'Johny I hardly Knew Ye' - an Irish Traditional anti-war, anti-recruitment song's tune was used for the basis of 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' written by Patrick Gilmore (Irish born composer) which he wrote during American Civil War. I always wondered why i would hear this song on U.S. TV programs/films!

And on a less serious and pompous note - Can't wait to watch the simpsons episode on Tuesday!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nifty Idea

I was just updating my other blog 'Novel News' with latest headlines, when i say the 'Blackwell' are unveiling the espresso -

" thefirst Espresso Book Machine, allowing customers to access "any book" on a print-on-demand basis, in store on 17th April."

Basically you can go in and order any book and have it in few mins OR download the book onto usb/cd!

I think this is such a cool idea, it would totally eliminate the whole 'returns' business for publishers and save a few trees and 'space'

What do you think?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Blog- etiquette?

Stupid question, but now that people are actually reading and commenting on my posts (Yay). what is the blog- etiquette in responding? Do you reply to people comments on your own blog comment section, or do you try and go to their blog, read a post and answer comment there?

I tried the second one for a while - but wow was it both confusing & hard!!

I wonder what people think and do?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Check this out!

Tracey Marchini, a L.Agent Assistant at Curtis Ltd (Nathan Bransford's agency) has been blogging for past few months. She raises some really interesting points in her posts and actually reads your comments!

She's just posted about Fanfics (and even mentioned me in her blog - i'm honoured)

So drop by and give your support because her blog is definitely one to watch.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Under Pressure: Oh Freddie It's so true

Aw Freddie Mercury, I think you and Bowie sang that song just for me!

So, i think i've been falling a little behind lately in regards to this blog, WC blog and Book Bundle due to ALL my course work (which is horrendous!). Come May though i'll be 'trying' to study for my exams and be procrastinating like a mad thing by blogging. Yay!

Heres my to do list for the next month though:

  1. Get more members for the Writer's Chronicle Forum
  2. Contact Published members and start getting 'the published' section more 'alive' and organised. PROMOTION being the key word - like interviews/book reviews
  3. Set up the first monthly competition on the Writer's Chronicle (maybe with a prize!)
  4. Write a new topic for the Writer's Chronicle Blog - maybe making the posts more specific and smaller (thus easier to read)
  5. Toying with the idea of an Ezine for WC writers - might see about that one.
  6. Gather more research for my book, journals and articles etc.
  7. Review this at end of March.
Phew and this is just my 'writing stuff' and not my actual study work which is about three times longer and tougher than this.

Ugh. 8 more weeks till my lectures are finished and i can stop commuting four hours aday. Yay.
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