November 2018 Calendar

This year, I created 2 sets of calendars; for pantsers & rebels.  If you're a planner, feel free to adapt these as well.
There are 4 image choices for each calendar, so I hope one catches your eye!  They are designed to be wallpapers for your laptop to give you daily inspiration.  The free space on the side is for your notes or desktop clutter.
Good luck this year!
Pantser Mojo Plan

The revision calendar is called: 
Pantser Revision Plan

My Next 50 Classics to Read

Classics Club
The Mission
The goal of this club is very simple, simply list any 50 classics you would like to read in the next little while, up to 5 years max.  Then hyperlink your post as you read them.  The classic can be in any mode; novel, novella, dramas, short story or poetry (collections).
I would like to expand my list to include some non-fiction that would be a classic in it’s field and philosophy because I have a huge craving for it.  And of course, my definition of a classic is virtually any text much older than the 1960s.  I’ll also count my AGE Project & Russian Classic Reads for this challenge as well. 
The Deadline
My deadline will be in 2 years, so about 2 classics a month.  The reason, my blog has been collecting dust lately.  I want to set a goal of writing 4 reviews a month so hopefully this club can give me the push I need to achieve that.  
All 50 books completed by:
September 1, 2020
If you would like to join, the details are here & you’re welcome to sign up! http…

The Tragedy of Man

Told Over & Over Again

By Imre Madach
Translated By J.C.W. Horne
Hungarian, 1861
Poetry, Drama, Allegory

Main Attractions

1.  Artistically crafted lines
2.  Begins with Faust’s Tale 
3.  Flows through Paradise Lost
4.  Spans Human History
5.  Elements of Theology
6.  Paired with Philosophy
7.  Includes Great Storytelling
8.  Emotionally Charged Scenes
9.  Diverse Interpretations 
10. Profoundly Wise Ethical Topics


A great review of the animated adaptation that includes a brief summary of Machache’ play.

Cuisine & Delicacies

Ranked as: Mystery Meat
From this simple text, we can branch out into other fields of study to analyze more of what Madach is trying to say.  He packs in a variety of ethics and human history into a mere 80 pages.  It’s ranked as mystery meat simply because of the scope Madach reaches with this short drama.  In this case, mystery meat means there’s also something for everyone.  Readers can enjoy the beautiful, poetic language or the celebration of their rich Biblical …

Ambiance for Concentration

I hope everyone’s writing is going well!  

Cabin mates are saying their tearful goodbyes while others are vowing to join a more chatty cabin next year.  The last camp of the season is an emotional time for all of us.  This has been another great camp for me.  I’ve met some of goals, excelled in other and had major flops in some goals.  
So, either if you won or lost, met or failed to achieve your goals, the writing doesn’t have to end here.  Keep going, the Nano threads are always open.  Rumour has it they’ll even revamp the site, so be sure to jot down your writing buddies or screen shot the lists in case they’re lost.

I’ll link some of my favourite ambience videos for both reading and writing.  Many of these channels have a variety of other videos, these are just my favourites.  Feel free to link some of your favourites in the comments section below.  And share this post if you like.

Korean Coffee Shops, non-looping ones with people subtly in the background.

Upfirst, if you love to write…

On the Products of Libraries

There’s something charming about reading a library’s book.  There’s a constant awareness that the book is borrowed.  If it’s new, there’s a nagging feeling that someone else is probably waiting for it.  If it’s old, like really old and should actually be replaced, there’s an entirely different feeling when reading it.  My Hermann Hesse book has the dust jacket only taped on by the back flap.  The front one keeps falling off, but it’s comforting to read it this way.  When you open it, all of the binding is perfectly worn in, like that moment you secure on your favourite pair of jeans to go out for your every day excursions.

And the imbibed library scent, is a fragrance all it’s own.  Once a book reaches a certain number of years on a library shelf, it graduates from new book smell, to vacant of any reader’s perfume, to the musty scent and finally to the imbibed library essence.  It’s the natural aging of a book.  They need to bottle this stuff and sell it on the campuses of PhD students…

What We See When We Read

Images We Can Read

By Peter Mendelsund
Non-Fiction, Literary Criticsm, Graphic Novel 

Main Attractions

1. Bookish Book from a New POV
2. Intelligent Essay of Images
3. Densely Packed with Theory    
4. Lures you into Reading Classics
5. Exquisitely Designed Illustrations
6. Essays Arranged Thematically
7. Many other Books Referenced
8. Can be a Bunny Slipper Read
9. Invitation to Reflect on Reading
10. Can Spark Discussions

Cuisine & Delicacies
Ranked as: Hearty Veggie Burger
As a non-fiction, it’s on the lighter side of the menu but not because 1/2 of the book contains pictures.  What We See When We Read is combining a few styles of writing to explain the philosophy of reading but is so much more than a mere philosophy book.  

Why Visit Here

As a graphic novel, it’s filled with references to those many classics that are familiar to us but  most of us have probably never read.  Perhaps these images could spark a renewed interest in picking up these dusty old books and giving them a chance.  For…

Duelling Cabins = A Fun Camp

Atten: Fellow Campers!!

We're at the 1/2 point for July's Camp Nanowrimo.  So this means you have a cabin already & a project to work on.  The 1/2 point is often when folks run out of steam. So, what better way to light up the 'ole inspiration tank but with the duelling cabins.

Not this kind of duel!!

This kind!! 

If you see this, your cabin is cordially invited to join in for July Camp's 2nd half push to the finish line!  

How or where can you join in? It's being hosted over at the official Nanowrimo Site, here's the discussion thread:

Rally your campers & let's jump in!

Our cabin's at 58% ... we've got some bigwig heavy hitters.  If your cabin's tougher than ours, we hereby challenge you to a duel!

At camp, we are getting down to the crunch time, so we've expanded our cabins with free food.  Hope to lure in some more tough typists.  It seems to have worked because we have…