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Twitter fiction: 21 authors try their hand at 140-character novels

Twitter fiction: 21 authors try their hand at 140-character novels
Geoff Dyer I know I said that if I lived to 100 I'd not regret what happened last night. But I woke up this morning and a century had passed. Sorry. James Meek He said he was leaving her. Jackie Collins She smiled, he smiled back, it was lust at first sight, but then she discovered he was married, too bad it couldn't go anywhere. Ian Rankin I opened the door to our flat and you were standing there, cleaver raised. Blake Morrison Blonde, GSOH, 28. David Lodge "Your money or your life!" AM Homes Sometimes we wonder why sorrow so heavy when happiness is like helium. Sophie Hannah I had land, money. Andrew O'Hagan Clyde stole a lychee and ate it in the shower. AL Kennedy It's good that you're busy. Jeffrey Archer "It's a miracle he survived," said the doctor. Anne Enright The internet ate my novel, but this is much more fun #careerchange #nolookingback oh but #worldsosilentnow Hey! Patrick Neate ur profile pic: happy – smiling & smoking. ur last post: "home!" Hari Kunzru I'm here w/ disk. SJ Watson OK. Related:  ENGB1 Lang and TechMicrowriting & Twitter & creative writing

The impact of technology on the English language Here are some statistics for you: More people currently have a mobile phone capable of accessing the internet than have a PC with net access (source: Mobile Top Level Domain, the organisation charged with overseeing the ‘.mobi’ domain name registration)Sending text messages is now almost as common as talking on mobile phonesOnly 12% of mobile users never use their phone for texting (and virtually half of these people are over 65).70% of 15-24 year-olds say they ‘could not live’ without their mobile phoneThere are an estimated 110 million-150 million blogs in existence (although many of these are abandoned soon after they are established) Technology’s role in our lives is astonishing. To be more specific, the way we speak today is, by and large, the way we spoke before the internet became what it is, albeit with an enriched vocabulary. What is hugely different, however, is the way we write today. Email altered the structure of the letter as a communicative tool.

Ceri Jones: The dog ate it (micro writing activities) Sometimes lessons take a direction we didn't expect. In this post I'm going to describe a short, off-the-cuff writing exercise that I did some time ago with a group of teenager students. I had been running a workshop with some teachers at a local school, so a colleague took my classes for me. She had a lesson to teach and homework to set. Rather than just ask for the homework, or wait for the first, keen volunteer to hand their homework to me , I decided, at the last minute, to write up on the board before the class , in big red letters: Did you do your homework? The students come in in dribs and drabs and, as they did, I pointed them to the question. This was the first one. I shared it with the class, commented on how classical it was, asked them if they thought any dog had actually ever eaten any homework in the history of homework excuses. Students called me over to help them get it right. Find out more about how to watch Ceri's webinar on May 6 by going to the following link:

Carol Ann Duffy: 'Poems are a form of texting' The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is launching a poetry competition for secondary school pupils. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Hardly a week goes by without a warning about how educationally detrimental it is for children to spend hours of every day screen-gazing and message-sending. "The poem is a form of texting ... it's the original text," says Carol Ann Duffy. Duffy, who became Britain's first female poet laureate in 2009, is passionate about the teaching of poetry in school. So, if texting is preparing children for a lifetime of poetry, are today's youngsters better at poetry than children in the past? Duffy says she owes her career as a poet to her exposure to poetry at school in the 1960s and early 70s, when she was growing up – and that's why she's determined to do all she can to further strengthen its place in the curriculum. Duffy says when she realised how much she loved poetry, she started to keep a notebook with her favourite poems in it.

keywords Keep your emoticons in check | Mind your language | Media Every day I get about 120 emails, four texts, and six messages on Facebook. Sometimes I feel a bit overwhelmed by all the technology that sits in between me and the people I'm trying to reach. I imagine Professor Scott Fahlman struggling with the same feeling almost exactly 30 years ago when he suggested that the computer science department of Carnegie Mellon University adopt emoticons on its online bulletin board. On 19 September 1982 at 11.44am he changed the way we write, starting with: "I propose that [sic] the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)" Long before online bulletin boards, people used to pass on their histories by word of mouth. And how they communicated went beyond just the words they spoke. Meanwhile, the stuff we type today looks the same regardless of who we are or what mood we're in. Imagine William Carlos Williams' poem The Red Wheelbarrow if it was written by some of the standards we use today: SO much depends upon a red wheel barrow :) glazed with rain!

List of games on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue This is a list of games featured on BBC Radio 4's long-running "antidote to panel games", I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Some are featured more frequently than others. Ad-Lib Poetry[edit] The host gives a line of a poem, and each panelist has to continue the poem, continuing to speak until a buzzer sounds, at which point it goes to the next panelist. Backwards[edit] A song is played backwards, and the panelist has to guess what the song is. The Bad-Tempered Clavier[edit] Panellists attempt to sing a song perfectly in tune while Colin Sell plays wrong notes, changes key and changes tempo. Blues[edit] Each team has to improvise a blues song on a topic given by the other team, such as the "Trichologist's blues" or the "Kerry Packer blues". Board-o[edit] Call My Bluff[edit] Censored Song[edit] Panelists, in teams of two, are given perfectly innocuous songs; the objective is to make the song as suggestive as possible by the strategic censoring (via a buzzer) of innocent words. Cheddar Gorge[edit] 'Sir?'

How Twitter is winning the 2012 US election | Stephen Mills May the best tweet win: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney before the first presidential debate. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Getty/AFT In the 2012 US presidential election, it is clear the brief age of political blogs shaping the political narrative has passed and we are now in the era of Twitter. The proof is in Twitter's big role in shaping the coverage and the winners and losers of this month's presidential debates. At a seminar on the influence of social media on the presidential election – held at the Democrat convention in Charlotte – Garance Franke-Ruta, a senior editor for the Atlantic, declared: "[The] last cycle was all about blogs and the incremental journalism of blogs. Hamish McKenzie, a reporter for the tech site Pandodaily who writes on social media and politics, says political blogs have gone from being the "first and fast reactors" to being made "almost obsolete by Twitter". Twitter's advocates have big numbers on their side.

Horrible Cards - Greeting Cards by The Oatmeal Horrible Cards are Copyright © 2012 Matthew Inman. Please don't steal. The Oatmeal Trolls: where do they come from? | Media The story, if apocryphal, is at least a fair approximation of the truth. In 1840, a delegation of Russian investors paid a visit the UK to watch the construction of the London and South-western Railway. The station they visited was Vauxhall; and because they confused the word on the building with the name of the concept, ever since that day, the Russian word for a large train station has been vokzal. Before you laugh too hard, bear in mind that English speakers may be about to do exactly the same thing. You must have noticed that there's a new meme in town. Granted, the term has cropped up in the mainstream before; the first use in the Guardian in something like its current sense seems to have been in 2002, the year, perhaps not uncoincidentally, after Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. There's one problem. Hmm. To give some examples, a troll might constantly change the subject of a discussion topic for the hell of it; a "flamer" would insult someone because he disagreed with them.

Free Creative Writing Prompts #6: Dark, Distrurbing, and Weird A combination of things has led me to write this latest list of Free Creative Writing Prompts. I experienced a lot of negativity this past weekend at work and home and it has been pretty difficult to weather. My father was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and today he is undergoing a blood test to check if the cancer has spread (update: it hasn’t! hooray!). Most of the prompts on this site have dealt with life: past, present, and future. Happy (and weird) writing! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. I hope these free creative writing prompts are as weird to write from as they were to come up with. Related Articles to Free Creative Writing Prompts #6Free Creative Writing Prompts from the Heart, Part 1Free Creative Writing Prompts #2: LoveCreative Writing Exercises #2: Relaxation Done with Dark, Disturbing, and Weird?