An Archive of Growth?



Hop on Pop’s What Now?

Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention.


J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source:

Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Fandom at work

The only fan letter Richard Dawkins has ever written was to Douglas Adams; to his delight, he got one back. (Source:

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.

–Bobby Knight




When Marcel Proust and James Joyce met in 1922, they spent dinner talking about their ailments before admitting they hadn’t read each other’s work. (Source:
anime and manga

Tale of Genji

The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu. (Source:

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.

–Oscar Wilde


Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.

–Oscar Wilde

geek stuff

Why do you write?

There's this fairly common idea that writers write because they have to. They can't not write. Sometimes I feel like that doesn't apply to me. Like I missed some essential writer's…

The best part of today was______

(I'm switching prompts, one-word prompts don't work for me. Nyah.) Hmm. Lots of small, nice things about today. I finished doing my read-through on paper of the Selkies, and I…


Specific makes me think of specificity which makes me think of pacific which leads to perspicacious and so on and so forth. These prompts are all hideously vague, so it's…


These days, my weakness is work. Not the work I get paid to do (who cares about that?),  but the work I care about. The writing. Each day I am ready…