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The Fisherman and His Soul - A Fairy Tale by Oscar Wilde (from A House of Pomegranates) with illustrations by Jessie M. King Every evening the young Fisherman went out upon the sea, and threw his nets into the water. When the wind blew from the land he caught nothing, or but little at best, for it was a bitter and black-winged wind, and rough waves rose up to meet it. But when the wind blew to the shore, the fish came in from the deep, and swam into the meshes of his nets, and he took them to the market-place and sold them. Every evening he went out upon the sea, and one evening the net was so heavy that hardly could he draw it into the boat. But no fish at all was in it, nor any monster or thing of horror, but only a little Mermaid lying fast asleep. Her hair was as a wet fleece of gold, and each separate hair as a thread of fine gold in a cup of glass. So beautiful was she that when the young Fisherman saw her he was filled with wonder, and he put out his hand and drew the net close to him, and leaning over the side he clasped her in his arms. 'Alas! 'Away! 'Come!

Weekend Dirty Dozen DarkCopy - Simple, full screen text editing 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers – A Clickable List Editor’s note: This is an updated version of a post originally titled 36 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers. I’ll be taking the next a couple of days off. I wish you and those close to you a fulfilling holiday, and I’ll see you on Friday. I guess the first really “social” media was blogs. Blogs have become one the largest sources of news, information and opinion in the media landscape. For the latest news, trends and analysis In self-publishing, support for writers, insight into the publishing process, and the transition to digital books, these are the blogs I read. No, I’ve curated this list myself. Because you may want to click away from the list to visit these blogs, here’s a link you can bookmark when you want to come back: 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers Here’s a short URL: Have a great time! Note: The blogs do not appear in any particular order. This is a clickable list. Well, that’s the 52 blogs, as promised. So go forth and read, read, read. Be Sociable, Share!

Bookshelf Porn 29 Books To Get You Through Your Quarter-Life Crisis Mary Shelley letters discovered in Essex archive It was an idle click on an unpromising website that first directed Nora Crook towards the most exciting and unexpected discovery of her distinguished academic career. Crook, a professor emerita at Anglia Ruskin University and expert on the Romantic period, was researching an obscure 19th-century novelist when her internet search brought up a listing for 13 documents at Essex Record Office, catalogued under the tantalising words: "Letter from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley". "I thought: 'What is this?' and clicked on the link," she said. "I knew right away they had never been published before." Thanks to "pure serendipity", Crook had chanced upon the largest collection of unpublished letters by the author of Frankenstein to be discovered in decades. The later letters, written in an increasingly scrawled hand, are short and distracted, full of apologies for her failing memory and powers. The "nondescript-looking" missives were written to Horace Smith and his daughter Eliza.