Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Week in Words and Pics

This was a mind blowing week of protests, revelations and more. These are a few posts and pictures that sum it up.

Article

Social Networking has officially taken over.  Pope Meet Facebook, Facebook Meet Pope

I don't necessarily agree with everything this posts is saying, but I found it interesting to read. Let me know your thoughts on it in the comment section below!
And as such, the Pope thought it made sense to weigh in on social networking by simultaneously praising it and discussing some of its challenges. His main point is that online friendships can't substitute for real ones and moreover, he warned about the risks of depersonalisation, alienation, self-indulgence, and the dangers of having more virtual friends than real ones.
Blog Post

Walk away from the computer and pick up a pad and pen: Why Your Learn More Effectively by Writing than Typing


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Sunday, January 16, 2011

How Would You Describe "Writing"?

I am currently reading the book, Atonement by Ian McEwan. Although only on the second chapter, I am finding that I really enjoy the book -- particularly because the beginning portrays a young girl falling in love with writing.

The first chapter focuses on the reader getting to know little Briony and her love for writing. As she works on her first serious play, Briony marvels at the delights writing does for her.

I find these parts most enjoyable to read because I can relate. I remember growing up and letting my imagination run wild when a pen and piece of paper were in my hand. It was fun and exciting to create new characters and having complete control over their actions.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Books You Need to Read in 2011

Personally, I think 2010 was a great year in the writing world; We have great authors like Nicholas Sparks, Stieg Larsson and Phillipa Gregory to thank for that.

Because there are so many great books to choose from, I have highlighted five that I recommend you read first -- and before 2011 is over:

The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Part one of a series of stories, secrets and psychological insights into an entire world that -- unfortunately -- can be real.

The Girl who Played with Fire
The reader is thrown into an interesting investigation about Sweden's sex trafficking that is fascinating as well as disturbing.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself reading this book as feverishly as I did the first. The plot is engaging, the characters are entertaining and the ending is satisfying.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

What Would You Like to See Next?

The votes and stats are in. The top three posts people seemed to enjoy the most on this blog include......


#3: Writers are the Best Kind of Loners


I imagine this was a favorite because a lot of writers could relate to the emotional independence I discussed in the post.




#2: Power of Print Campaign


This was a cryptic campaign that was never really explained to the public -- just seen and heard about via magazines. So I'm sure this post was a good resource to curious readers. Glad to help!






But the #1 post that got over 500 page views is .........

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