Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

A Bouquet of Links for Readers, Writers, and Publishers . . .


Every so often, I clean out my collection of links to possible sources for blog posts—rescue sites from the damp cellar of my browser’s bookmarks.

Two past occurrences of this were:

Cleaning Out The Drawer ~ A Bouquet of Posts

A Bouquet of Articles for Writers & Publishers

The first rescued link is to Copyscape, a place to check for plagiaristic copies of your writing—also possible by using quoted selections from your work with Google Alerts

And, here’s a wild article—the title is quite self-explanatory: Did You Know That Professional Writing Is Dying And Only Taxing The Public To Pay Writers Can Save It?

And, due to the recent death of this famous author: Remembering Gore Vidal: 10 Quotes on Writing.

For those who trust technology, a Free Grammar Checker.

Especially for Science Fiction Readers: Sci-fi dreams in reality: 10 writers’ fantasies that have come true.

And, for those writers who are their own publishers: 9 Ways to Market Your Book With No Money.

Back to grammar, for writers, readers, or publishers who love to correct others: The Curious Pleasure Of Peeving.

For those who like medical studies: Babies’ ability to detect complex rules in language outshines that of adults.

For Reader’s Eyes Only: First Page Writing – A Reader’s Perspective.

How about a writer who listened carefully to what her story wanted to say and had readers thinking her writing was non-fiction: The War of Narratives.

And last, for readers, writers, teachers, parents, publishers, and kids of all ages: Young author pens series of five books before 14th birthday.
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4 responses to “A Bouquet of Links for Readers, Writers, and Publishers . . .

  1. Jane Watson January 31, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I enjoyed ‘The War of Narratives’ and the dilemma it describes – I think this is really a deep problem for a writer – dealing with how Real Life interfaces with their Fiction…some writers draw more openly from real life than others, some just use real remembered emotion, either way there are bound to be folks who read into what you write. Some writers get so uncomfortable about this they stop writing… but it is almost impossible to purge your inner world from your work and would you want to? There can, however, be unintended and sometimes humorous consequences. A very close writer friend of mine did an interview once about a multi-prize winning story she had written about a tiny alien who came to Earth, died, and was wrapped up in plastic and placed in the protagonist’s refrigerator waiting for his people to come and collect his body. The interviewer asked her, in all earnestness: “And this is a true story?” – to which she replied very seriously: “Yep, still got the tiny body wrapped up in my freezer, waiting for collection…” -:)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 31, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Such depth, Jane—”it is almost impossible to purge your inner world from your work”—almost impossible, yet there are the sad souls who do

      And, speaking of aliens

      There are those who think my short novel was dictated to me from a channeled alien—”channeled”!, when she clearly explains the method in the Prologue

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  2. Jane Watson January 31, 2013 at 4:51 am

    And, synchronously, I just came across a quote that seems to relate to the comment I made before here, to do with fiction and non fiction, or non reality and reality:
    “Most people believe the mind to be a mirror, more or less accurately reflecting the world outside them, not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself the principal element of creation”
    ~Rabindranath Tagore

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 31, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Dear Jane,

      Your quote from Tagore reminds me of this:

      “Knowledge is of two kinds. One is subjective and the other objective knowledge — that is to say, an intuitive knowledge and a knowledge derived from perception.

      “The knowledge of things which men universally have is gained by reflection or by evidence — that is to say, either by the power of the mind the conception of an object is formed, or from beholding an object the form is produced in the mirror of the heart. The circle of this knowledge is very limited because it depends upon effort and attainment.

      “But the second sort of knowledge, which is the knowledge of being, is intuitive; it is like the cognizance and consciousness that man has of himself.

      “For example, the mind and the spirit of man are cognizant of the conditions and states of the members and component parts of the body, and are aware of all the physical sensations; in the same way, they are aware of their power, of their feelings, and of their spiritual conditions. This is the knowledge of being which man realizes and perceives, for the spirit surrounds the body and is aware of its sensations and powers. This knowledge is not the outcome of effort and study. It is an existing thing; it is an absolute gift.”

      (Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, p. 157)

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