If your a writer and you haven't read Rilke's, Letters to a Young Poet, do yourself a favor. It lives by my bedside and travels everywhere I go, I am currently wearing out my fourth copy. –Rainier Maria Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet) “Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write: find out whether it is spreading its roots into the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write. This above all--ask yourself in…Continue
June 11th 2013 - Here are a couple CB members we're showing off today: Bob van Laerhoven (Belgium) and Lee Case (USA)...CB Member Bob van Laerhoven's novel (written in Dutch) won the Hercule Poirot Prize for best suspense novel of the year. He now has a literary agent in the USA and has recorded an English language MP3 to introduce CulturalBook members to his oeuvre:…Continue
I want ot serialise a story I'm working on, and I'm trying to work out how best ot start publishing.The story that will consist of around 120 chapters (prob 4000-6000 words each), spaced five years apart for the body of the story. I should be able to start releasing them in a month or so.I was thinking of putting out the first few chapters for free, to get feedback and so on, and then publish them one at a time, every week or two, for about 15-30 cents each. Probably on Kobo, Kindle, and…Continue
Members, you are invited to share your... ✎ Literary Quotes✎ and/or ♪ Audio Files ♪Information Below ▼ But first...Please listen to this audio recording by CulturalBook member Lee Crase: Bleeding-History-Lee-Crase.m4aPlease read today's literary quote (DLQ) by CB member Pietros Maneos: www.dailyliteraryquote.comTo…Continue
Scheiße !! It's the novelist's nightmare: the keyboard on my laptop broke almost 24 hours ago... it is a keyboard in English, as the novel I am writing is in English... And since I live in Paris, I cannot find a keyboard English very easily. So, in despair, I first bought an external keyboard French (a language I know fluently); but since French keyboards have the letters all in the wrong order. But this proved clumsy to write on, so I then bought a keyboard in German (a language I do not…Continue
This was an excellent “heads up” for me, just the reminder I needed! But if I may be so presumptuous as to add: You must become a writer before you can become an author, and that means writing down all the “twaddle” as Katherine Mansfield called it.“I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was, too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.” Katherine Mansfield Continue
In my inbox (my reply follows)-Hello, CulturalBook members. In the past week we've acquired about a dozen new members whose profiles promote some kind of wellness product: colon cleanse, weight loss, wrinkle cream, and other similar products that have nothing to do with the theme of CulturalBook. Also, most of their profile photos vs. profile descriptions clearly show that somehow they have done an excellent job of changing genders.Should these "members" be deleted? Please let me know your…Continue
NEW%20BOTYA%20sticker-Finalist%20gold.jpgMy novel The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is one of the BOTYA 2012 Finalists in Translations. The others are Dom Quixote, by Cervantes; The plain in flames by Juan Rulfo; and The world Eve left us by Boston Teran.…Continue
Today's quote: "The true Greek, is a god, not a cautious, precise, calculating being with the soul of an engineer." is completely offensive to those of us who do have the soul of an engineer. It makes absolutely no sense to repeat such stupidity.
Falling, mortally wounded by exhaustion, both physical and psychological, to sleep, I dream and in the dreams are dialogs. And this one was a massive endless conversation about love. In reference of which I now envision pruning…
Woven together on the loom of our time, we the many dissimilar threads, which in their turn are woven by birth and life’s experience form the fabric, or tapestry, of our collective history going forward. Making the bone yard of what…
ESL (Year 1) teacher at Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island (East Arnhem Land)
Q2 : What have I done ?
Read a lot of literature (English). Have degrees in Education, Arts(English Literature) and Computer Science.
Q3 : What am I going to do ?
Hope to contribute to the development of resources that successfully target Education outcomes for my community. Keep reading and thinking. I may even find the time and will to travel the world more.
Who are my favorite authors? What are my favorite books ? What is my favorite epoch or setting in literature?
The book that influenced me most as a person was a collection of Yiddish Tales that I borrowed from a library at 15. My favourite book in my earlt twenties was 'The Glass Bead Game"(Hermann Hess). Currently I am finding books about civil society (manners) written in various periods interesting. Just started an Ian McEwen book (Saturday). Generally my tastes tend to be quite diverse. I simply enjoy the poetic combination of words and ideas that is literature.
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