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    10 Spooky alternative book covers for scary books

    October 1, 2016 Articles, Featured

    October is upon us at last! And that means one thing for many of us: it’s Halloween month! We’ll be giving nods to this scary season throughout the month with all manner of spooky stuff. To kick us off, we look at ten alternative book covers for a variety of horror and scary tomes out there.

    #1 – We’ve seen this little beauty before but deemed it worthy of another appearance. If you’ve read the book, or seen …

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    Throwback Thursday: The history of punctuation

    September 29, 2016 Featured, Prose Blog, TBT

    For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look at the history of something that is dear to most of our hearts; and should arguably be held more dear to others’ hearts out there. Yes, we take a look at the history of punctuation. Period.

    2,316 years ago, Aristophanes ran the renowned Library of Alexandria. And its scrolls were extremely difficult to read because the Greeks wrote without spaces between words and without lower/upper-case letters. The Greeks did …

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    Beyond Columbine – The mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold speaks freely (Part 2)

    September 28, 2016 Articles, Featured, Guest Blog, Prose Blog

    Dr. Mark Goulston

    Originally published on Psychology Today, we continue with the second part of the interview between Mark Goulston the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, “A Conversation Between Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. & Sue Klebold.” 

    Due to its length and importance, we have decided to publish it in parts. Click here for the first part.

    Goulston explains: When I set out to interview Sue, my goal was to help her feel completely safe and talk freely without the anticipatory anxiety …

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    Guest Blog on anxiety: The Beast with Teeth By Oleander Plume

    September 26, 2016 Guest Blog, Monday Blogs, Prose Blog

    The Beast with Teeth

    A guest blog piece by Oleander Plume

    Living with severe anxiety is tough. Writing with severe anxiety is tougher.

    When my nerves are stretched to their limit, words get trapped behind a brick wall. My fingers stall on the keyboard while I wait for inspiration that never arrives. I’ve been known to stare at a blank document for hours while negative thoughts jab my brain:

    “I suck.”

    “Why did I think I could do this?”

    “I am …

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    More gorgeous outdoor libraries to escape to

    September 24, 2016 Articles, Featured, Prose Blog

    Today we wander into the world once again filled with wonder and take another longing look at some outdoor pop-up libraries under the skies. Let’s go outside and get us some books!

    #1 – Worthy of Robinson Crusoe, this home built and home styled outdoor library looks right up our alley. Or possibly right on our desert island. 

    #2 – The outdoor reading room at Bryant Park in New York has been going since the Great Depression. …

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    TBT: Roald Dahl and his phiz-whizzing books

    September 22, 2016 Prose Blog, TBT, Uncategorized

    This week we look at one of the best known, and best loved authors that have ever lived. Adored by kids, adults and everything in between, he has been part of most of our childhoods, and remains perpetually popular posthumously with people. The world is celebrating his centenary right now, and so are we, with this look at the unique man that created worlds in his hut – Roald Dahl.

    Roald Dahl was born September 13, …

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    Books Before You Die: My Friend Leonard

    September 21, 2016 Articles, Featured, Guest Blog

    We continue with BBYD, our regular feature about the books that the Prose Partners, Prosers and some of our interviewees have strongly urged people to read. Whilst living, as the title would suggest.

    To reiterate, there are no rules, no specific genres, eras or predefined parameters; just that the books suggested are the opinion of the individuals and that they feel jolly strongly about the fact that we simply must read them.

    Once again we hear a different …

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    Avocados: Condoms and Joke Revenge From Inside Los Angeles County Jail

    September 19, 2016 Guest Blog, Monday Blogs, Prose Blog

    Avocados

    Some of the deputies hated that our dorm possessed the only big screen TV in the entire jail, but somehow the owner of the Silverlake disco who had donated it — coincidentally, a man I’d worked next to when we both tended bar in the early 90s — had secured a guarantee that we wouldn’t pull it off the wall and hand it to the boys in a regular dorm. However, as a form of …

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    Ten more gorgeous things you can buy if you love books, words and buying cool stuff.

    September 17, 2016 Uncategorized

    Not only do you all love a good book, you evidently all love to purchase gorgeous shiny things that are to do with books or character from a book, or words or anything literary. Therefore, today we look at even more of the cool stuff out there that you can buy for the word and book lovers in your life. Or again, just for yourself. Go on, you deserve it. Treat yo self.

    #1 – Tequila …

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    TBT: The origins of expletives

    September 15, 2016 Articles, Featured, Prose Blog, TBT

    Let’s face it, most of us turn the air blue at some time or another. We bleed blue ink when writing, too.

    Swearing, cursing, profanity and expletives all perform certain psychological functions, and use particular linguistic and neurological mechanisms; similar in behavior to chimpanzees when angry. Yes, it’s actually a form of anger management! But where did the use of expletives originate?

    Unsurprisingly, many swear words have been around for thousands of years, and of course, we …

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