An Archive of Growth?

writing

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Inchage

Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, avoided reading reviews of his work and instead measured them with a ruler. The longer the review, the better he felt about it. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
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Whoops

Alexandre Dumas fought his first duel at age 23. During the course of the duel, his trousers fell down. (Source: interestingliterature.com)
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Rum ‘n cuppa

On days when he gave public readings from his novels, Charles Dickens had two tablespoons of rum with fresh cream for breakfast, and a pint of champagne for tea. (Source:…

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf

 

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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.
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J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

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: interestingliterature.com)
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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…
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Fandom at work

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

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

–Bobby Knight

 

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Durrrrrrrr

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: interestingliterature.com)
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: genderacrossborders.com)

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…
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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…
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