2009 Hugo Winners

Winners of the 2009 Hugo Awards are up, as of August 9th:

http://www.thehugoawards.org/2009/08/2009-hugo-award-winners/

I have to say, I think it’s totally awesome that Dr. Horrible’s SingAlong Blog won for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form.    Way to go Joss!  And another one of my favourite guys, Neil Gaiman, won for best novel.  I’m not sure, but it might be the first time that a YA novel has won in that category. 

Now I have to start scrounging around in the local book stores and start doing some serious reading.  It’s been far too long since I bothered to check out new SF authors (I’ve been a bit of a creature of habit, genre/reading wise lately).

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Some Writerly Tidbits for August

Weekly Writing Quote

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.”
~ Graham Greene

Writing is…

Writing is a product of silence.
~ Carrie Latet

Writing is a struggle against silence.
~ Carlos Fuentes

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.
~ Jules Renard, Journal, 10 April 1895

Writing is both mask and unveiling.
~ E.B. White

Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
~ Franz Kafka

Weekly Writing Quote

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
~ Vita Sackville-West

Quote source: quotegarden.com

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt Jan. 23

May Liberty meet wi’ success!
May Prudence protect her frae evil!
May tyrants and tyranny tine i’ the mist,
And wander their way to the devil!”
   ~ Robert Burns, “Here’s a Health to Them That’s Awa”

Theme: Poetry & Song

Words:
tyranny
rose
darkening
bower

We’ll be sure to raise a glass to the bard on Jan. 25th. 
In the meantime, if you feel like trying your hand at a Burns-esque poem of your own, we’ve included a handy list of some of his other favourite words below.

 woods
 strife
 stream
 love
 lassie
 lark
 lad
 hill
 highlands
 heather
 health
 green
 glen
 glass
 friend
 flower
 farewell
 far
 fair
 dale
 dear
 bottle
 bosom
 banks

Specifically Scots Words:
 awa (away)
 auld (old)
 bonie (bonny)
 braes (a slope or hillside; often as “banks & braes”)
 rovin’ (roving)

For more on Robbie Burns, including an impressive compendium of his poems and songs, visit Robert Burns Country.

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompts Jan. 16

There’s nane ever fear’d that the truth should be heard,
But they whom the truth would indite.
   ~ Robbie Burns, “Here’s a Health to Them That’s Awa”

Theme: Old Acquaintances

Words:
parting
wild
mountain
grace

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Weekly Writing Quote

i never think at all when i write
nobody can do two things at the same time
and do them both well
~ Don Marquis, Archy’s Life of Mehitabel, 1933

NaNoQuotes

Meant to post this last night, but was distracted by actual story writing (which is a good thing, considering I’m still a bit behind).  This quote comes to us from Philip Pullman, via the weekly NaNoWriMo pep talk.

When asked, “Where do your ideas come from?”, he replies:

I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to: they come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again.

So get ye off the evil temptress that is Internet, and back to your writing desk – or wherever it is you write best. That’s where I’m off to now – the living room couch, with my trusty laptop and a fresh pot of coffee.  Remember, there’s really only one iron-clad rule when it comes to novelling – and that’s to KEEP WRITING!  Good luck heading into week three, everyone.

Weekly Writing Quote

Our passions shape our books; repose writes them in the intervals.
~ Proust, The Past Recaptured, 1927

Quote source: quotegarden.com

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