NaNoWriMo workshop 22 Oct @8am – What the Huck?

In what’s become something of an annual tradition, I’ll be delivering a workshop on writing a successful NaNoWriMo novel at Milkwood tomorrow, 22 October at 8am SLT (that’s 4pm to any Brits out there). If you’re thinking about having a go this year, I’d love to see you.  I’ll be sharing some of the secrets I’ve learned over the years to getting 50,000 words done by 30 November.

Over the years, I’ve added a few musings and bits of pieces which budding NaNo novelists might find handy:I’ve created a Flickr album of free photographs that could be used as novel covers here.  That’s not going the help you get the novel written, of course; though I’m a big believer in high expectations being part of the secret of NaNo success – and one of those expectations should be to publish.  If you do that then you’re going to need a cover.

If that strikes you as useful advice, you might like to read my article from 2013 Five Tips on Writing a NaNoWriMo.  Don’t forget also to consult these wise words from Isaac Asimov on turning off that pesky ‘Inner Editor.’And whatever you do, don’t be without my free Progress Tool, an Excel spread sheet with everything you need for NaNo stats.

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A-haunting we will go with Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 9th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street continues at its special lodgings – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. This week, taking a break from the canon of “official” stories,  Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and John Morland present a series of short pieces and parodies gently poking fun at Holmes and Watson.

18:00: Magicland Storytime

Caledonia Skytower asks, “Dare to be Scared?” as she reads selected tales by the late Robert D. San Souci, from his collection of that name, and from Haunted Houses.

Monday October 10th, 19:00: A Spectre…

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Of hounds, spectres, madness and vampires!

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 2nd, 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen, John Morland and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Apple launches Enhanced Editions of “A Game of Thrones” on iBooks | TechCrunch

Apple today announced the launch of “Enhanced Editions” for George R. R. Martin’s series, “A Game of Thrones,” beginning with the author’s first title, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the novel’s release.  Books Two through Five will follow in the months ahead, says Apple. These Enhanced Editions offer iBooks users an interactive experience, with the ability to access secondary material, including interactive character maps, definitions of the various houses referenced in the novel, annotations, glossaries, and more.

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Of times past, times future and hauntings at Seanchai Library

Inara covers this week at the Seanchai Library:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, September 25th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, John Morland and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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The Secret to Making Your Characters Memorable

Sacha Black

memorableWe readers are fickle beasts.

If you have a shit book cover we won’t pick up your novel. Sloppy blurb and we chuck the book on the NBR (Never Be Read) pile. If we get past all that and find forgettable characters buried in your pages, well… fuck you author, here’s a one star review.

A couple of weeks ago, I was lording it up in Paris with the girls for a cocktail fuelled weekend… I still have a hangover!

The thing is, I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t take advantage of any and every opportunity to spew some more of my hyperbolae into the world, and Paris has provided me the perfect opportunity to do just that.

I have a terrible memory. Like ,really bad. But my substandard brain cells got me thinking about books and specifically, about characters.

Without memorable characters, your book is worthless. Why?

Because books are written about characters…

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A Pirate Sunday and tales galore in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Every year, on September 19th, people around the world celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day. However, as it this year falls on a Monday, when a lot of people will be busy at work, Seanchai Library, in partnership with Kultivate Magazine, will be holding a special Pirate Sunday Storytellers Sandbox at Kultivate’s in-world HQ of Water Haven

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Sunday @ 3pm slt-Pirates Invade the Storytellers’ Sandbox!

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COMING SOON: Pirates Invade the Storytellers’ Sandbox!

PIRATE SUNDAY
Sunday, September 18th
3:00PM – 5:30PM SLT // Stories at 3:00pm, Music & Dancing at 4:30pm
Kultivate Magazine & Gallery on Water Haven
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/134/139/23

Every year, on September 19, people around the world celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Because that’s a Monday, and a lot of us are too busy at work to tip flagons of grog and mead while dancing with fifteen of our cohorts on a dead man’s chest, The Storyteller’s Sandbox would like to get you in the spirit of the high seas a day early… we’re turning the Lake on Water Haven into the Quay at Shipwreck Cove, where the Pirate Lords have landed to celebrate with tales and high seas hijinks.

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Hounds, aliens, magic, cults and swords in Second Life

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, September 11th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, John Morland and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Baskervilles-1902The third full-length novel written about Sherlock Holmes, this is likely to be the one Holmesian story which – at least in outline – known to most, whether or…

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Roald Dahl at 100: A Reading List : Longreads Blog

When I was in elementary school in the eighties, being read to in class was such a treat — and something I really miss. The weekly reading hour that I looked forward to the most was when my favorite librarian came to read a few chapters from a Roald Dahl story. (And over the years, she read them all.) I could hardly wait to hear the next prank Mrs. Twit would play on Mr. Twit in The Twits. Another favorite, The Witches, remains one of the stories from my childhood that really opened me up to the magic of reading. Dahl’s whimsical yet macabre and darkly comic stories piqued my imagination for the first time in those years, and — being a shy, quiet kid — showed me that anything was possible.

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Eight of the world’s most unusual libraries — Quartz

For dedicated readers, all a library needs to be exciting are some well-stocked shelves of books. But as Denmark’s award-winning new “citizen space” shows, libraries can come in all kinds of creative and unusual forms. Here are eight libraries from around the world sure to intrigue bookworms.

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Family curses, tales of time, magic, and the old west

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, September 4th, 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, John Morland and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Baskervilles-1902The third full-length novel written about Sherlock Holmes, this is likely to be the one Holmesian story which – at least in outline – known to most, whether or not…

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Community Virtual Library Fall 2016 Exhibit: Art in Virtual Worlds!

You are invited to the Community Virtual Library Fall 2016 Exhibit:

Art in Virtual Worlds Exhibit
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/41/178/24

The Community Virtual Library in Second Life presents an exhibit of art work in virtual worlds during the fall of 2016.

Grand Opening of Exhibit
Monday Sept. 12th 5-7pm SLT

Tour Saturday Oct 8th 9-10am

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Of hounds, time, mysteries and awakenings

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 28th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Baskervilles-1902The third full-length novel written about Sherlock Holmes, this is likely to be the one Holmesian story which – at least in outline – known to most, whether or…

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Announcing Volume 2 of The Kultivate Quill & Pen Literary Journal!

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On December 5, 2016, volume 2 of the Kultivate Quill and Pen will be published! The goal of the Quill and Pen is to highlight the voices of gifted and innovative writers in both real life and Second Life!

As promised we are back for volume two! We will publish this book on issuu and via ebook format so that you have a chance to become published. Categories include nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and mini shorts aka flash stories.

CATEGORY GUIDELINES:

Nonfiction – one essay up to 3000 words, no extra space between paragraphs, white space for section breaks only

Poems-one poem per page, no more than six pages, single spaced and left justified

Mini Shorts (flash stories)-Up to 700 words, double spaced, no extra space between paragraphs. White space for section breaks only

Fiction-One story up to 3000 words, double spaced, no extra space between paragraphs. White space for section breaks only

Please note that you should submit your work via a google doc (or similar service) link and not copy and paste your work in the space provided on the submission form. This is to help with formatting and publishing. 

Kultivate Quill and Pen Literary Journal Submission Form

Sleuths, Tudors, Norwegian-Americans and Jedis

Inara brings you this week at The Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 21st, 13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life, and a return to His Last Bow.

A 1917 anthology of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the volume originally comprised seven stories published by The Strand Magazine between 1908 and 1917. However, later editions of the book saw an eighth story included, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, originally published in 1892.

But this week, we come to Holmes’ final adventure before…

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The New York Public Library’s new Twitter bot matches emoji with vintage photos from its digital archives — Quartz

Some Twitter bots are spammy and obnoxious, with eggs for profile images and misspelled suggestions of ways to get rich quick. But not all Twitter bots are bad. Some are downright brilliant. And some, like the New York Public Library’s new emoji bot, are simply delightful.

Tweet an emoji at the library bot, and it replies just about instantly with a related image from the New York Public Library’s digital archives. A crying cat face emoji, for instance, might turn up a photo of adorable kittens….

Source: The New York Public Library’s new Twitter bot matches emoji with vintage photos from its digital archives — Quartz

Devilish plots, monstrous regiments and ailing aliens

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, August 14th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life, and a return to His Last Bow.

A 1917 anthology of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the volume originally comprised seven stories published by The Strand Magazine between 1908 and 1917. However, later editions of the book saw an eighth story included, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, originally published in 1892.

In this episode, Holmes and Watson find their break in…

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Read the Windlight Quill and Pen via Nook, Kobo, and more!

Earlier this summer, the first edition of the Windlight Quill and Pen was published! This special book featured poems, short stories, and nonfiction writing from various authors of Second Life! As promised we would publish this book in the form of ebooks and we are pleased to announce that you can now have the first edition of The Windlight Quill and Pen on Nook,  Kobo, and Scribed! Below are the links:

Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/the-windlight-quill-and-pen-volume-1

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/319397793/The-Windlight-Quill-and-Pen-Volume-1

Nook Book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-windlight-quill-and-pen-the-poets-and-authors-of-second-life/1124208973?ean=2940153141114