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Saturday, October 18, 2014


So many links for youuuuu!!!!

Gorgeous Typographic Covers for 26 Classic Books
The Penguin Drop Caps series features bright jewels of book covers, each with an illustration of the first letter of the author’s last name, starting with Austen, Bronte, and Cather. The last batch of letters--X, Y, and Z for Xinran, Yeats, and Zafron--has just been released.
 These editions double as decorations, and convey a sense of nostalgia for the tactility and aesthetic power of a physical book and for a centuries-old tradition of beautiful lettering.

This is an amazing breakdown of a generic college paper--in the form of a paper. God, I love it. I wish I'd thought to write it and sell it myself!
Utterly contrived topic sentence revealing pretty much every flaw of structured essay writing. Therefore, supporting sentence invoking source that exists only in the bibliographies of other cited material (pp. arbitrary to arbitrary + 5). Contemplative question? Definitive refutation paraphrased from a blog found at 2AM

On After Hours Creativity with Gillian Flynn:
While working for Entertainment Weekly, Flynn made a second shift of writing for herself at night. She stopped and started several novels over the years, but it wasn't until she truly cared for the people she was writing about that she could complete the experiment of writing a book.
 It was a very good lesson, which is: don't let the outside voices tell you what you should be writing. You've got to write the book that you're supposed to be writing, not write the book that you think people will want to read or the book that will sell better or the book that the critics will like more.

This Supercut of Action Dudes Saying "Let her go!" To Villains Is A Reminder of How Action Movies View Women - And, I think, is a call to action to start writing other sorts of action movie characters, don't you? Because come on.
It's the most dramatic prelude to the climax in any action movie: The woman who has captured the hero's heart is in danger from the villain. Suddenly, the stakes are way up--not only does he have to beat the bad guy because he's a detective/knight/secret agent/rogue cop on the edge/Jedi/post-apocalyptic road warrior/Spider-Man/etc, but he really has to do it now, because the bad guy has his special lady friend. You've seen it in a lot of movies.

Doodling to increase memory and creativity -
"when the mind starts to engage with visual language, you get neurological access that you don’t have when you're in a linguistic mode,"

A write-up of the Rejected Princesses idea that I first saw on Tumblr--girls who are too badass to be appropriate for Disney (or too weird, or too psychopathic, etc). A really cool way to get thinking about non-traditional, non-stereotypical and non-cliched ways to create female characters!


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