Monday, March 30, 2009
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
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
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
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
Sunday, March 22, 2009
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
Sunday, March 15, 2009
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
" 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
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
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
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:
- Get more members for the Writer's Chronicle Forum
- Contact Published members and start getting 'the published' section more 'alive' and organised. PROMOTION being the key word - like interviews/book reviews
- Set up the first monthly competition on the Writer's Chronicle (maybe with a prize!)
- Write a new topic for the Writer's Chronicle Blog - maybe making the posts more specific and smaller (thus easier to read)
- Toying with the idea of an Ezine for WC writers - might see about that one.
- Gather more research for my book, journals and articles etc.
- Review this at end of March.
Ugh. 8 more weeks till my lectures are finished and i can stop commuting four hours aday. Yay.