Playfully Adorable Illustrations That Will Make You Smile - My Modern Met Kuala Lampur, Malaysia-based artist Lim Heng Swee loves to doodle. With a bright attitude towards life, he creates adorable illustrations that are playfully paired with funny phrases and word puns. He brings ordinary objects like sheets of paper, pieces of fruit, and pairs of pants alive with personality. Things that don't usually go well together become perfect pairs with good intentions, bright smiles, and sweet sentiments. The clean and modern designs merge colorful shapes with bright, solid backgrounds. The simple illustrations are intended to communicate distinctly positive concepts of hope, love, and good humor. Heng Swee Lim's website via [L'Acte Gratuit]
10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling Crush the Best-Dressed List: Our Style Guide to a Century of Dazzling Party Dresses Now that the jeans-and-T-shirts plague has reached our fancy restaurants, cocktail parties, and nightclubs, it seems as though nobody cares about dressing up anymore. And yet, as fashions become increasingly casual, the perfect party dress is like a secret weapon—turning anyone into a rose among daisies. “Most middle-class women would have had one good dress to wear for evening, parties, weddings, or other formal occasions.” Since vintage is in vogue, you can find chic, well-made frocks, and afford them, too. It’s a perfect question for Jacqueline WayneGuite, a writer, researcher, and fashion archivist who’s worked with institutions across the U.S. and currently manages the garment collection at Columbia College Chicago. Just in time for the Oscars, WayneGuite helped us compile a gorgeous, decade-by-decade guide to the best party dresses of the 20th century, looks as show-stopping today as when they first hit the scene. Top: 1950s cocktail attire, featuring the hourglass-dress shape.
The Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle from the New York Times, Writers on Writing Series. By ELMORE LEONARD These are rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story. 1. 2. They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. There is a prologue in John Steinbeck’s "Sweet Thursday," but it’s O.K. because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all about. 3. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. 4. . . . he admonished gravely. 5. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. 6. This rule doesn’t require an explanation. 7. Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes, you won’t be able to stop. 8. Which Steinbeck covered. 9. 10.
Stunning Macro Photographs of Insects Glowing in the Morning Dew French photographer David Chambon is a master of macro insect photography. An amateur photographer for over 10 years, his goal is to capture the magical beauty of nature through his imagery. All of his macro shots are amazing, but it’s his morning dew series that stands out from the rest. Originally from Lyon, France, Chambon currently resides in Dampierre-les-Bois. You can find more of his work on his website and in his Flickr and 500px accounts. (via Colossal) Image credits: Photographs by David Chambon and used with permission
Is This Title O.K.? Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. Beginning – check. Middle – check. Sometimes I think I am going to have to give up and employ one of those companies that do nothing but invent names for things. The ancients felt the same way. Meanwhile, thinking pre-posthumously, how do they do it? One option is to steal someone’s else title. Gabriel García Márquez is, of course, the author of one of the great titles, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” Walter Green Consider these two candidates for standout title of the 20th century. “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” by T. “Seven Types of Ambiguity,” by William Empson, is admittedly more obscure, unless you happen to be into critical theory. Notice the resemblance. See how this formula also applies to 100 + YEARS + OF + SOLITUDE? I am not necessarily recommending this as an infallible system, but it’s probably worth considering if you’re stuck. Now we come to the negatives. It could have started with the success of “Flaubert’s Parrot.”
4 Sites with LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don't Suck If you’re a fervent reader and nerd like I am, you’ve probably encountered quite a lot of writing online. However, most of them are either absolute garbage or entirely illegal. It’s hard to find good, legal reads online – unless you know where to look. There are several sites that offer classic out-of-copyright writing, or publishes new e-books online as promotions. If you know where to look, you can feast on these completely free Ebooks for all the time you’ve got, and today is the day we’ll show you where to look. Planet eBook Planet eBook is a classy site that offers classic literature for free. However, Planet eBook doesn’t just give you any piece of ‘free literature’. Furthermore, if you feel like a book is ‘missing’ from it’s collection, you put it up as a suggestion. All books on Planet eBook can be read on the site, but can also be downloaded as a PDF, both in a 1-page and 2-page version. ManyBooks Classic Reader PublicBookshelf
Fiction Submissions - Carve Magazine Submit: Fiction | poefictiontry | Reject! | Withdraw Write about what you know, and what do you know better than your own secrets?-Raymond Carver Carve is seeking good honest fiction in the form of short stories. Submission Period and Response Times We accept submissions year-round. Please submit only one short story at a time and wait for a response before sending another. Our response time is typically 4-6 months but can sometimes take longer. Feedback and Compensation In our mission statement, we iterate that we want to provide feedback whenever possible. We provide monetary compensation to our contributors. Eligibility We accept submissions from anywhere in the world, but stories must be in English. No genre fiction (thriller, horror, romance, etc.); literary fiction only. Stories must be previously unpublished. Formatting Word count limit: no minimum, max 10,000. Please do your best to format submissions as follows: Cover Letter If submitting by mail: a brief bio/cover letter is welcome.
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Thibeault's Table: Pancake Tuesday I love, love, loooooove potato pancakes/latkes. Any version . Today I tried a potato pancake made with mashed potatoes, lightened with beaten egg whites. These pancakes are so light and tender. These could easily become my favourite. Moe had his with Canadian Back Bacon and I had mine all on their own topped with sour cream. The recipe comes from The Daily Spud. The only changes I made were to use baking russet potatoes rather than a waxy potato ( I never use waxy potatoes) and I added fresh ground black pepper and chives. Mere Blanc's Potato Pancakes From: www.thedailyspud.com with very minor changes. 2 small baking potatoes 1/4 cup milk 1/3 cup All-Purpose flour 2 eggs, separated 1-1/2 tablespoons heavy cream Pinch of salt Pepper Fresh chives Butter for frying Cook potatoes until tender. Beat Egg Whites until stiff. Heat a griddle or skillet. ( I used a rectangle electric frying pan) .