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Favorite episode ever. Didn't expect to find out today is its airdate when I went looking for Doctor Who posts. Ha! =D
 
The Doctor is smitten by Madame de Pompadour, but the court at Versailles is under attack from Clockwork killers...

‘The Girl in the Fireplace’ was first broadcast 9 years ago today.
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Absolutely love this episode... I wish she could have become a companion! 
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Today, my favorite word is obsidian.
Or maybe yearning. Hm.
What's yours? =D
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Astral.
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It's hard to summarize this article because it winds its way through connections and insights.
 
Theme Week: First Pages
Mooderino puts down some first-rate guidance in this article on writing your hook.

"The easiest way to hook a reader is to connect them to the character."

Moody doesn't leave you hanging on how to do that, and goes even further on the hook...

" It needs to be connected to the main plot."

Oh, and the last paragraph is GOLD. ;)
I know this to be true because I read a lot of books and I've read plenty that open at all different points in the tale. From the day a character was born to his last words on his deathbed and everywhere in between. I've read books that took their time establishing the world in which they were ...
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This just opened up a whole lot of possibilities. Thanks for sharing :)
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Sara Letourneau nails it.
Even though we shouldn’t force themes into our stories, we should be aware of how we develop them.

What themes are you aware of in you WIP?
 
When you’re writing a story, how often do you think about theme? It’s OK if your answer is, “Not often.” That was mine last year when a friend asked me abo
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I'm so barely there with this. My current state is: I see theme as the third level, and I'm only consciously working in the first (plot) and second (character). That could be a chronicler thing. So when I'm done, I look back and think I can see some themes... but I can't do it on purpose. I blogged about it.
http://independentbookworm.com/2014/05/07/getting-to-the-third-level-of-writing/
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But I want them now. ::poutyface::
At the Wearable Futures conference, London designer and researcher Shamees Aden debuted a running shoe concept that will put your worn out kicks to shame. The shoes, which he's developing with...
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Oh my writer dears!
What's your favorite word today?
Mine is ethereal because I've been drowning in alluring worlds of imagination this morning. =)
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Alacrity
That's my favorite word right now. That's been my favorite word for a while now, and will likely be my favorite for years to come. Just has so much... drive to it. You can do a job quickly, or swiftly, or with purpose or zeal, but alacrity implies all that, and much more.

Oh, I also really like Brevity - not really something I utilize a lot, but a reminder of something I probably should be using more of :)
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Defeating Vesuvius at long last. Well, partially anyway.

I hope there's a blueprint for some interesting ancient device. What would you want to know?
An enormous wealth of knowledge locked within hundreds of ancient papyrus scrolls scorched by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, may now be revealed thanks to new technology which may enable the texts to be read. The new technique, published in the
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Yes!
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Help, please!
Point me to collections on:
Doctor Who
Star Wars
Firefly
Unicorns, dragons, and other mythical creatures
Legends/folklore
History
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Words, Vocab, or Etymology
Cutting edge technological advancements (not phones or "tech")

If you could pass this around, I'd be super grateful. =)
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I'd prefer personal recommendations. =)

BUT I haven't been able to figure out how to search for collections anyway. There's only "Featured" in the Collections tab, and they don't come up under regular search.
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We are biological INFERNOS. Yep, that's us.

Someone please write this story. I love SF/F that shows a fantastic side to something mundane.

h/t +Bliss Morgan & +Amanda Rachelle Warren 
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INVASION OF THE DEATH BREATHERS
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I want one. Full size, please.
Steampunk Tendencies originally shared:
 
Articulated Sculpture by Andrew Chase
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If you're on your first draft, don't let all the advice about first chapters, first pages, and first lines get to you. Editing is given, so depend on future you to know what to do because you'll have better footing once the story is written.
 
What to Do When First-Chapter Fears Paralyze Us
 By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund I recently started writing a new book (a historical that releases next fall). As I was writing the first chapter, I experienced an almost paralyzing fear. It was a fear that raised its ugly serpent head and hissed in my ear: "...
By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund. I recently started writing a new book (a historical that releases next fall). As I was writing the first chapter, I experienced an almost paralyzing fear. It was a fear that raised its ugly serpent head and hissed in my ear: "Can you really write this story?" ...
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+Kristen Lamb makes her case well.
Oh, and she gives great instructions on how to walk the line between starting too early and starting too late. =)
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Brilliant! (And I'm sharing...!)
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