Poe Ho Ho

poe ho ho

I’m taking a few days off (in fact, this post was pre-scheduled), so I leave you with Poe Ho Ho, the Christmas card I sent out this year. I hope everyone can get a few days break to relax. Here are a few bookish and not so bookish links from this blog and around the internet just for you to leisurely peruse:

  • The Following. Über-villain Joe Carroll, who once was a literature professor and failed novelist before he turned to serial killing, escapes prison with the help of his cult of groupies. Not the greatest show ever made, but I can’t resist the fact that the killer is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe. Nevermore is smeared in blood plenty of times and icons of Poe litter their creepy lair. Schlocky and ridiculous? Yes. Do people in creepy Poe masks immolate others in public? You bet. Marilyn Manson’s cover of “Sweet Dreams?” Of course! All can be watched on Netflix featuring what is essentially the soundtrack from Donnie Darko
  • Things I’ve Learned as a Writer: Craft. Last weeks post concerning craft and four things to consider when writing. Also, open to any more suggestions.
  • Photomicrography. This is something I’ve been oblivious to, but apparently there are a few contests honoring photomicrography. This year’s winner of Olympus Bioscapes is Dr. Igor Siwanowicz with a photo of a carnivorous plant called a bladderwort. All photos are stunning. Nikon also had a competition and a gallery of current and past winners.
  • Sad Cat Diary. 95% of the internet is fueled by photos and videos of cats. True fact.
  • Paperback Game. For those game inclined book lovers out there, try the paperback game which Dwight Garner wrote about in the New York Times. All rules are laid out and he even writes about another game that Christopher Hitchens played “that involved replacing the word ‘love’ in famous book titles with the phrase ‘hysterical sex.’ … Thus you’d get titles like ‘Hysterical Sex in the Time of Cholera.'”
  • The First Film Adaptation of A Christmas CarolAccording to Interesting Literature, the first film adaptation of this Dickens work was in 1901. Look at those special effects!
  • Santa Claus. I, myself, can be a bit of a Scrooge. I’m not a fan of Christmas music, but I do like The Sonics and they have a song called “Santa Claus.” Give it a try. All of the cool kids are doing it.



Distractions : Etymologic

I had wanted to write a proper blog post today, but it’s just not happening (re: tail end of a cold; can’t stop sneezing!). But it’s been awhile since I offered a distraction. Sorry I couldn’t offer this game sooner to help with any last minute Friday procrastination, but better late than never.

Enjoy Etymologic which bills itself as “the toughest word game on the web.” I scored 6/10. Don’t second guess yourself. You’d be surprised with some of the answers.

Distractions : German Hangman

Earlier this afternoon, I had a Skype meeting with the lovely woman whom I am translating from German to English (publication forthcoming in Spring 2012). I will post more about that interesting translation experience soon but in the mean time, here are some writerly distractions inspired by my German translation meeting today.