The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

ARTICLE BY MARIA POPOVA VIA BRAIN PICKINGS Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors (public library) — the more dimensional and thoroughly researched counterpart to Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals — Brooklyn-based writer Celia…

Haunted Tunnels With Really Creepy Backstories

ARTICLE BY ALAN BOYLE VIA LISTVERSE Old, dark places are prime candidates for ghostly tales. Tunnels add a touch of claustrophobia to the mix. Humans have been digging through things for a long time, so the world isn’t short of tunnels with more history than lighting. Whether people were crushed building them or run over…

Stephen King on Simplicity of Style

ARTICLE VIA MARIA POPOVA VIA BRAINPICKINGS I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. “Employ a simple and straightforward style,” Mark Twain instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb? Or so argues Stephen King in On Writing:…

Little-Known Mysterious Ghost Types

ARTICLE BY JOHNNY PETERS VIA LISTVERSE Nowadays, ghosts and spirits are all the rage in popular culture. Every channel you flip on, there seems to be a plethora of ghost based shows. There are reality shows—“Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Travelers,” “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” “Ghost Hunters Academy” and even dramas based on the subject, such as “Ghost…

Because Facebook; a Slight Segue from the Norm

Once upon a time, building a platform on Facebook was pretty easy. You made a page, people liked the page, you posted to the page, and people saw your posts. It was pretty convenient, pretty handy, pretty unmeddled with. Aaaaaaand then it was ruined. I’ve had a Facebook author page for years, and over those…