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When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: Read the 1,288-Word Sentence from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: 1,288 Words from Absalom, Absalom!

Image by Carl Van Vechten, via Wikimedia Commons “How did Faulkner pull it off?” is a question many a fledgling writer has asked themselves while struggling through a period of apprenticeship like that novelist John Barth describes in his 1999 talk "My Faulkner." Barth “reorchestrated” his literary heroes, he says, “in search of my writerly self... downloading my innumerable predecessors as only an insatiable green apprentice can.” Surely a great many writers can relate when Barth says, “it was...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Maryland, Writing, College, Washington, Literature, Guinness Book of World Records, Lincoln, Sherman, Jonathan Coe, Jones, William Styron, Facebook Twitter, Beckett


Alice in Wonderland, Hamlet, and A Christmas Carol Written in Shorthand (Circa 1919)

For hundreds of years before the regular use of dictation machines, word processors, and computers, many thousands of court records, correspondence, journalism, and so on circulated in translation. All of these texts were originally in their native language, but they were transcribed in a different writing system, then translated back into the standard orthography, by stenographers using various kinds of shorthand. In English, this meant that a mess of irregular, phonetically nonsensical spellin...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Greece, Writing, College, Edgar Allan Poe, Rome, Literature, Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare, Alice, Pepys, Facebook Twitter, Cicero, Europe North America


What if I only point them out in my head?

"People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find"Feeling personally attacked here, tbh fam. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Teh Intarw3bz, T'hee, Surliness


LA Times demands that reporters sign away rights to books, movies and other works they create while working at the paper

The LA Times Guild has been negotiating a new contract with the newspaper, but has hit a wall thanks to an unprecedented demand from the paper's owners: they want writers to sign away the rights to nonfiction books, novels, movies and other works they create separate from their reporting for the paper. The newspaper is also demanding the right to use reporters "byline, biography and likeness" to market these works. The Times has falsely claimed that this is standard at other papers. LA Time...
Tags: Post, Books, Business, Copyfight, News, Writing, Los Angeles, The Times, Times, Class War, Los Angeles Times, Guild, LA Times, Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Guild, Ink-stained Wretches


I’m Writing

I have had a book (or books) living inside of me for as long as I can remember. I’m finally making it a priority to get it out. Life has recently conspired to make this possible. My coaching business is fruitful and sustainable after several years of growth. I’ve said No to a few big projects that don’t match my goals. And last week, we relocated to Maine where we have total peace and quiet, and views of the ocean from every window. My business remains based in New York City, but for the next f...
Tags: Books, Writing, New York City, Book, Blogging, Maine, Kelly, Fredrick, Kripalu, Kelly Notaras, Fredrick Stable, Fredrick Round


Spoiler Alert: It's the latter...

It amazes me how many people responded to my @ShootingIllustr column on WMLs with "Well, they don't substitute for a handheld!" or "Only with training in proper use!"It's like I wrote the 4th & 5th paragraphs in vain. Or maybe they didn't actually read it. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 11, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Tacticool, Teh Intarw3bz, Idjits, Gun School, Tamara K, Gear Ho


19°F on the banks of Eagle Creek...

Cold enough at the range that I was loading a mag in the car, hopping out & shooting a 10rd chrono string, recording data, and hopping back in car to reload the mag for the next string. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) February 8, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tamara, Eagle Creek, Tam, Whining, Boomsticks, Shouldn't we talk about the weather


Weapon-Mounted Lights and You!

"First, seek out some training in the proper use of a weapon-mounted light. This is important in learning how to use it to illuminate your surroundings while moving with the gun in either a high or low muzzle-aversion carry position, using the “spill” from the beam as well as the “bounce,” or reflected light, off the ceiling or walls to light a room. (Hollywood tends to have everyone running around with WMLs held horizontally at eye-level, in a “what-not-to-do” fashion.)" [Author: Tam]
Tags: Hollywood, Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Gun School


SHOT Show stuff...

Bond Arms 2019 products...Black Rain Ordnance Ion 9 9mm pistol/PCC...CompMag Cali-legal mag hack... View this post on Instagram LOL A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Jan 25, 2019 at 8:51am PST [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel, SHOT Show 2019, Black Rain Ordnance Ion


January linkfest

You’re probably heard of babies named after brands: Porsche, Chanel, Armani, and, lest we forget, Tiffany. Now the Baby Name Wizard blog tells us about three baby names from the 1980s and 1990s that were inspired by TV advertising. * On the other hand, you could name your offspring after a tech company or product. You wouldn’t be alone. (CNBC) * It’s the last call for words of the year for 2018: Lynne Murphy pronounces “MSM” the US-to-UK WotY and “whilst” its UK-to-US equivalent. (I ma...
Tags: Books, Politics, UK, Science, Design, Writing, Government, Advertising, Nbc News, US, Cnn, Beer, Linguistics, Food And Drink, Tsa, Word Of The Year


SHOT Show stuff...

Professional-grade gun securityNew stuff from VZ GripsMossberg MC1sc [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, SHOT Show 2019


SHOT Show stuff...

I'm covering SHOT for RECOIL Magazine again this year.PTR 9mm MP5 cloneSeismic Ammo 185gr 9mmSig Sauer P229 SAO & Grayguns 10mm P220 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, SHOT Show 2019


Day Whatever of the Shutdown...

It has finally affected me, in that a gun I'm supposed to be reviewing for a magazine is pending approval for importation by the BATFE. Apparently there's only the one copy in the country right now, the one that had been sent for review by the feds. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Writing, Tam


Got a Minute? Then You Have Time to Create!

One of the biggest reasons many of us don’t create, and in particular write, is because we don’t have time. We’re working and parenting and cooking and dish-washing. We’re commuting, and dropping off and picking up. And we think we need to carve out at least 20 minutes to sit down and reconnect to our imagination. And somehow those 20 minutes get eaten up by other activities before we even realize it. However, all you really need to access your creativity is a minute. Yes, just 1 minute. Which m...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Writing, Habits, Happiness, Self-help, Creativity, Journaling, Writer's Block, Mental Health And Wellness, Don, Medeiros, Journal Prompts, Leigh Medeiros


The Curator of Broken Things trilogy is available for preorder

To me, this has to be one of the least traumatic and more productive month of December on record.  My novels are DONE !!! All 3 of them! Incredible. Absolutely incredible. And yet because the process happened so incrementally it feels natural. Normal.  A huge amount of mental preparation must be happening below the surface before a writer releases a book. Or 3. By release, what I mean is that the book stops being a private thing, and start belonging to everyone. Before releasing it, the book i...
Tags: Travel, Books, Writing, Los Angeles, Paris, North Africa, Smyrna, French Riviera, Cassie, Ottoman Empire, Corine, Hidden in Paris the novel, Paris Cassie


Sights & Stuff

"The pistol with probably the largest catalog of aftermarket sight solutions in the U.S. is the Government Model M1911-pattern pistol. There are two reasons for this: The first is that the pistol was super common, being our nation’s service handgun for so long. The second is that the original USGI M1911 factory sights are hot garbage."On the topic of backup iron sights, while I have yet to have a MRDS die on me (which they do) I have had the suppressor height front sight fly off my chopped Glock...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, USGI, Tacticool, Boomsticks, G-Lock, Gear Ho


Syndication...

GunsAmerica Digest has reprinted one of my older pieces from Concealed Carry Magazine. Not sure if this one has been online before or not.Go look! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, GunsAmerica Digest


Hey, look!

My Glock 19X review is up at Shooting Illustrated online. (It was also the cover story of the dead tree version!) . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, G-Lock, Shooting Illustrated


James Patterson on writing: Plotting, research, and first drafts

James Patterson has sold 300 million copies of his 130 books, making him one of the most successful authors alive today. He talks about how some writers can overdo it by adding too much research, or worse, straying from their outline for too long. James' latest book, The President is Missing, co-written with former President Bill Clinton, is out now. The President Is Missing: A Novel by now at amazone --> List ...
Tags: Books, Writing, Creativity, Bill Clinton, Innovation, Storytelling, Literature, James Patterson, James


Very Tacticool...

View this post on Instagram Also had the @fnh_usa #fn509tactical with the @surefire_llc #xh35 there this morning. Look for a review in an upcoming issue of @shooting_illustrated #indyarmsco #pewprofessional #igmilitia A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Nov 7, 2018 at 12:21pm PST The gun comes with one seventeen-round magazine and two 24-round ones. You can stuff a box of ammo into the mags in the box and still have room le...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel


I said I was never going to be That Gunwriter...

...and yet here we are. The watch matches the pistol, if you know what time it is. "Fool-shootin' guns are srs bzns. I'm never going to be one of those gunwriters that CCWs a different test gun every week. I'll test the test guns, but I'm only carrying my carry gun."And then last weekend I needed to lend my own Glock 19 carry gun to a friend to use for the shooting portions of ECQC. In order to not be socially naked, I wound up carrying the 92 Elite LTT, because it and the P30 were the...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Excuses, Tam, Boomsticks, Gear Ho


She works on a starship...

Bobbi has fresh short fiction up on her other blog! Hooray! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, SF, Tam, Bobbi, Teh Intarw3bz


Weirdness...

Safari on the MacBook Air will not let me stay logged in to Blogger. I mean, it logs me in automatically every time I click the logo in the top left, but I never see the "Create New Post" option in the top right.It works fine on Safari on the iPad. I hadn't even checked that for a while because when I first got the iPad 2, several iterations of iOS ago, trying to use Blogger in the mobile browser was a mess. Works fine these days, though. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, MacBook Air, Gadgetry, Blog Stuff, Tam


The Man Behind Modern Ghost Stories

Born in 1862, Montague Rhodes James was an acclaimed intellectual who published a handful of stories (from short quips to long, academic papers) that are widely regarded as the basis upon which modern ghost stories are built. Not entirely for the narratives, but rather the topics: his stories are unpredictable and based on haunted objects, unfamiliar beings and odd circumstances. Cynthia Zarin, of The New …
Tags: Books, Design, Writing, History, Culture, Short Stories, Authors, Ghost Stories, Linkaboutit, M.R. James, Montague Rhodes James, Cynthia Zarin


The huge social impact of learning to love books

Teaching kids to read is one of the most powerful things adults can do.Loving reading can be a literal lifesaver.What can books do? Shrink the prison population and grow the economy.
Tags: Books, Video, Education, Parenting, Children, Writing, Youth, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Literature, Personal Growth, Jwplatform.com


The classic BIC 4 color pen

Not particularly wonderful to write with, but awesome none-the-less, I had to have a BIC 4 color pen. Click. Click. Click. I spent most of second grade taking these pens apart, and putting them back together. Taking the color indicators and mixing them up, or making a pen with all black indicators, or all red, or all blue. You know, making a 4 color pen into a 1 color pen with 4x the ink... FUN! Maybe the first pen I ever coveted, the BIC 4 color remains a blast. BIC 4-Color Ballpoin...
Tags: Toys, News, Review, Writing, Retro, Pens, Bic, Cool Toys, Timeless Pens, Tools For Writing, Color Ballpoint Pen Medium Point


September linkfest

Mountain Dew, the neon-yellow-green soft drink brand owned by PepsiCo, evidently failed to consult anyone in Scotland before it introduced its new ad slogan, “Epic thrills start with a chug.” If it had, it would have learned that chug is Scottish slang for masturbate. (Jelisa Castrodale for Vice, via Language Log)   That word: It does not mean what you think it means. Not in Scotland, anyway. (Via @jaysebro)   * You know about the Wayback Machine. But did you know about the Web Design M...
Tags: Apple, Echo, Books, Fashion, Wtf, Technology, Writing, Scotland, Advertising, Marketing, Story, Chicago, Atlantic, United States, Web/Tech, Signs


Quandary...

My review of the Sig Sauer P365 is up at Shooting Illustrated... ...and so is my review of the Gen5 Glock 26.I want to buy both review guns, but I can't afford both and only need one. Argh. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Sig Sauer, Boomsticks, G-Lock, Shooting Illustrated


Why Edgar Allan Poe's work is still so damn good and creepy

Edgar Allan Poe scholar Scott Peeples explains the black magic of Poe's work nearly 170 years after he died. From TED-Ed: The prisoner strapped under a descending pendulum blade. A raven who refuses to leave the narrator’s chamber. A beating heart buried under the floorboards. Poe’s macabre and innovative stories of gothic horror have left a timeless mark on literature. But just what is it that makes Edgar Allan Poe one of the greatest American authors? Scott Peeples investigates.
Tags: Books, Video, News, Writing, Horror, Fiction, Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe, Authors, Detectives, Animations, Poe, Scott Peeples



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