Deniz Bevan

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The Girdle of Melian: A is for... Announcement and Arrival

The A to Z Challenge is here!

“The trouble with Twitter isn’t that it’s full of inanity and self-promoting jerks. The trouble is that it’s a solution to a problem that shouldn’t be solved. Eighty percent of the battle of writing involves keeping yourself in that cave: waiting out the loneliness and opacity and emptiness and frustration and bad sentences and dead ends and despair until the damn thing resolves into words. That kind of patience, a steady turning away from everything but the mind and the topic at hand, can only be accomplished by cultivating the habit of attention and a tolerance for solitude.”

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How Twitter Hijacked My Mind – fantastic meditation by New York Magazine book critic Kathryn Schulz; bonus points for the Bukowski reference.  (via explore-blog)

I love Twitter. But this is true about getting any actual work done on my novels…

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neil-gaiman:

amandapalmerphotos:

Photo by Wayne HoerchelAn Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda PalmerAlbum out on November 19th.Pre-order your copy now:  

Go to http://t.co/jGVnZMAI6c for the triple CD, digital downloads, tea pot, mugs and more…

I love this photo. Happy New Year! 

neil-gaiman:

amandapalmerphotos:

Photo by Wayne Hoerchel

An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer
Album out on November 19th.
Pre-order your copy now:  

Go to http://t.co/jGVnZMAI6c for the triple CD, digital downloads, tea pot, mugs and more…

I love this photo. Happy New Year! 

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neil-gaiman:

gto12llll:

Ух, ребята! В ноябре АСТ выпускает последний роман Геймана.

The Russian cover for THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE!

Oooh. я люблю

neil-gaiman:

gto12llll:

Ух, ребята! В ноябре АСТ выпускает последний роман Геймана.

The Russian cover for THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE!

Oooh. я люблю

wilwheaton:

careydraws:

I owe a lot to that vanished group. Were you in it? I miss you.
Made this short comic for Dirty Diamonds #4- breakups. If you missed it at MICE and SPX this year, it’ll be at Asbury Park Comic Con in 2014, and fingers crossed for TCAF.

For a lot of Gen X and Gen Y, I imagine that this is going to hit home … it did for me.

Yea… Anyone from all those older Yahoo mailing groups about The Stone Roses? I still have some of those cassettes… Wonder what Burnweed’s doing now?
Actually, thanks to the brief MySpace blip, I managed to keep in touch with one person from that time - he’s on FB somewhere.

“We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside”

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http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming?CMP=twt_gu

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When I taught a course on SFF criticism at the U of MN, I learned that none of my students had read Tolkien, beyond the essays of his I assigned them. So I read them The Hobbit. A chapter a day, at the beginning of class. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done as a teacher.

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365snakesinthebasket asked: Do you think i could read Dr Who eleven doctors, eleven stories if I've never read/watched Dr Who before? I've been wanting to get into Dr Who, but as there is so much out there I have no idea where to start..

neil-gaiman:

I’d watch some Doctor Who, if I were you.

Here, I’ll make you a watching list. Netflix is your friend:

Watch an episode called BLINK.

Watch The Girl in the Fireplace.

Watch Dalek. (Yes, the Doctor looks different. Same man, though.)

Watch The Empty Child two parter.

Watch The Doctor’s Wife (I wrote that one, which is why I’m putting it on the list.)

Watch City of Death (it’s a classic series of shorter episodes from 1978ish, written by Douglas Adams).

Somewhere around there, start watching the New Series 1 with Rose and just come forward normally.

How to watch Doctor Who

Personally, I’d add more from the first two doctors (I mean Hartnell and Troughton); watching the oldest ones gives you the best feeling for what an imaginative show it is, something the newer ones might miss because the special effects are better (and, you know, the BBC cares now. Can’t believe they destroyed some of the old tapes!).

And don’t forget the Christmas specials!

neil-gaiman:

kellysue:

(via I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry)

Dear Amanda Palmer and my family and anyone who has ever had to work with me for long periods of time…

This is me

neil-gaiman:

kellysue:

(via I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry)

Dear Amanda Palmer and my family and anyone who has ever had to work with me for long periods of time…

This is me

fuckyeahfullmovies:

The Stand (1994)

Here.

khazadspoon:

So if any of you feel like watching Stephen King’s The Stand the whole thing is on youtube. 

All 6 hours worth. 

I’ve done this. Rereading the book is even better.

menor-maimbite:

I know i blog a  lot of The Stand, but this is one comic adaptation of a book that i am blown away by.

Ooh, I’d like to read this!

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amandapalmer:

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE RUCKUS, SIR?

I think I’ll be tumblring some more Molly Ringwald for my birthday month…

amandapalmer:

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE RUCKUS, SIR?

I think I’ll be tumblring some more Molly Ringwald for my birthday month…

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neil-gaiman:

abigaillarson:

Well. It’s almost Halloween, so I thought I’d take a break from work to make a festive public service announcement from Neil Gaiman.
I don’t have nearly as many fabulous escapades in graveyards as I once did, unfortunately, but this was a fun way to remember those days.

This is glorious!

You have until Thursday!

neil-gaiman:

abigaillarson:

Well. It’s almost Halloween, so I thought I’d take a break from work to make a festive public service announcement from Neil Gaiman.

I don’t have nearly as many fabulous escapades in graveyards as I once did, unfortunately, but this was a fun way to remember those days.

This is glorious!

You have until Thursday!

rivervox asked: I noticed that you use "dwarfs" in the US version of "Fortunately, the Milk" and wondered if that is your preferred spelling, or if the copy editors chose it. We enjoyed the book greatly, especially the wumpires.

neil-gaiman:

It’s the plural of dwarf.

Tolkien made up the word dwarves, to show that he was referring to a race of people. (http://grammarist.com/usage/dwarfs-dwarves/ ) Other people have used it since, most of them probably assuming that it was the true plural. (And Sondheim plays with dwarfs/dwarves in his song Agony, which you can watch at http://youtu.be/UAPJTik5mSo)

And for the etymologically interested: via http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dwarf

dwarf (n.) Look up dwarf at Dictionary.comOld English dweorhdweorg (West Saxon), duerg (Mercian), “very short human being,” from Proto-Germanic *dweraz (cf. Old Frisian dwerch, Old Saxon dwerg, Old High German twerg, German Zwerg, Old Norse dvergr), perhaps from PIE *dhwergwhos ”something tiny,” but with no established cognates outside Germanic. The mythological sense is 1770, from German (it seems never to have developed independently in English).

Whilst in this and other ways the dwarfs do at times have dealings with mankind, yet on the whole they seem to shrink from man; they give the impression of a downtrodden afflicted race, which is on the point of abandoning its ancient home to new and more powerful invaders. There is stamped on their character something shy and somethingheathenish, which estranges them from intercourse with christians. They chafe at human faithlessness, which no doubt would primarily mean the apostacy from heathenism. In the poems of the Mid. Ages, Laurin is expressly set before us as a heathen. It goes sorely against the dwarfs to see churches built, bell-ringing … disturbs their ancient privacy; they also hate the clearing of forests, agriculture, new fangled pounding-machinery for ore. [“Teutonic Mythology,” Jacob Grimm, transl. Stallybrass, 1883]

The shift of the Old English guttural at the end of the word to modern -f is typical (cf. enoughdraft). Old English plural dweorgas became Middle English dwarrows, later leveled down todwarfs. The use of dwarves for the legendary race was popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien. As an adjective, from 1590s.

Tolkien always said it should properly have been dwarrows, if languages evolved logically. He used that in the place name Dwarrowdelf.

amandapalmer:

katiehassomebigasstitties:

A very sleepy Amanda Palmer

now that’s a photo you rarely see.

Aww, I’m not the only one that sleeps like this

amandapalmer:

katiehassomebigasstitties:

A very sleepy Amanda Palmer

now that’s a photo you rarely see.

Aww, I’m not the only one that sleeps like this

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