LitStack Recs: A Writer’s Notebook & Dangerous Women

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A Writer’s Notebook by Somerset Maugham Like most writers, I keep a notebook. It’s small and transportable, since the point is to record in the moment—things seen in passing, or sentences that arise unexpectedly, the kind that must be put down before they vanish. I also like to keep track of words, ones  unexpectedly found [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Which I Make a Confession

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I have a confession to make.  I’m a wimp. Not in everything.  I’m a competent person; some who know me say I’m a very strong person.  I can put up with a lot, I’ve been able to handle a fair share of disappointment and heartache, and I’ve raised two children past the teenaged years – [….]

Gorgeous New Season Four Game of Thrones Promo Posters

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Tuesday on Twitter, HBO released the promo posters for season four of its hit series, “Game of Thrones.” Check out a few of our favorites below and don’t miss the amazing trailer for the upcoming season linked here. You can find all of the promo posters here. “Game of Thrones” Season four returns on April [….]

Martin on His ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspiration

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Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin describes the realities of human nature that underpin the success of the book series that spawned a hit television series. Transcript You can also watch the full version of this interview. CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: The land of Westeros is the mythical setting for the blockbuster book and mini-series that [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Happy Birthday to George

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Once upon a time (September 20, 1948, in fact) a baby boy was born to a longshoreman and his wife from the realm of Bayonne, in the land of New Jersey.  They named their son George, and the boy was full of stories and songs (well, stories anyway).  As a youngster,  he sold some of [….]

Potential New Cast Members for Season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’

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Over at Den of Geek, there are several guesses, based on internet rumors and quotes from insiders on some of the new faces we could see in season four of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’ Here’s a brief run down of those cast selections. For the full post, check out DoG’s article here.   A good [….]

Phillipa Bornikova on Her Favorite Writing Advice

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We are honored to host this guest post by Phillipa Bornikova in celebration of her blog tour for ‘Box Office Poison.’ Be sure to check out Sharon’s review of this exciting title and enter for a chance to win a copy of this amazing book! Thanks for the post, Phillipa! The Best Writing Advice I’ve [….]

Speculative Fiction Sucker Punches, Part 3 – Upper Cuts, Body Punches and Haymakers

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So we’ve covered convenient magic and uber leetness as speculative fiction sucker punches; the right hook and left hook, respectively.  Now we’re going to bring it on home. A strong corollary to the uber heroine is the female character written by a man who is clueless about women.  So many good male fantasy fiction writers just [….]

‘Game of Thrones’ Characters “Simpsonized”

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From Flavorwire: A year after The Simpsons poked good-natured fun at Game of Thrones, a Simpsons superfan has reunited the two beloved TV shows. A Belgian illustrator who goes by the handle ADN uses his Draw The Simpsons Tumblr to re-imagine various pop-culture types, from Veronica Mars to The Weeknd, as Springfield residents. But his [….]

George RR Martin Writing a “Ice and Fire” Coffee Table Book

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Via i09: While we all eagerly, nervously, nailbitingly await the release of The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, rest assured that GRRM is writing plenty of Westeros-related material — just maybe not as much on TWoW as you’d like. UK publisher HarperCollins says GRRM has writen 250,000 [….]