100 Words #372 - This Week In Literary Lifestyle

Welcome to another 100 Words challenge, and a smattering of interesting Literary Lifestyle findings from around the Web, or my own back yard. Be prepared to lose yourself for a couple of hours. Perhaps more.

On Your Tablet - For those of you who like to cuddle up with your tablet for some Flipboard browsing, I created a Literary Lifestyle collection. Here's a preview of the cover. 

At The Movies - Kill Your Darlings, a movie about the early Libertine Circle of the Beat Poets, featuring Allen Ginsburg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs...and a murder. Based on a true story, the facts of which are still in debate. If you can stand the insufferable narcissistic rebelliousness of the Beat Poets, this is a stellar movie starring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, who not only strikes a handsome young Allen Ginsburg sporting literary sweaters and jackets, but firmly sheds the legacy of Harry Potter and steps fully into a radically different role. (Ok yes, he's still off to school sporting glasses, but all other similarities stop there.)

From the Writers - While you're in video watching mode, Jonathan Fields interviews Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing (more here), on Writing as a Spiritual Path. A gentle gem full of insights and philosophical musings on writing and publishing. 

The essay she wrote about Twitter hashtag #amwriting is here

More food for the writer in this interview of E.B. White, The Art of the Essay No. 1, by George Plimptom and Frank H. Crowther for the Paris Review. 

At the Illustration Board - I couldn't find any evidence that Kathleen Lolley is illustrating for books, but she should be. Covers, spines, and pages. For now, her work is available on Etsy.

Kathleen Lolley - Wild Flowers

Kathleen Lolley - Wild Flowers

Writing Toolkit - A couple of new tools I came across for writing. 

  • Freedom App - Dani Shapiro mentions this desktop app in the #amwriting essay (linked above). It keeps you away from the attention-sucking Internet for as long as you tell it to so you can get down to the business of writing (or reading, or working, or whatever). It's $10, and as the website says, "If online distractions kill your productivity, Freedom could be the best $10 you'll ever spend." 
  • Hi - Why yes, another writing app-slash-community. With a twist. Designer Craig Mod (former Flipboard designer) has launched hi.co as an iterative and collaborative writing app that takes you from initial inspiration through drafting, sharing, feedback, polish, and sharing. It all starts with gathering snippets with your smartphone.  

Out and About - If you're in Anaheim, CA, or plan to pass through anytime soon, do check out the new Ink and Bean Coffee Saloon and Wordshop. Let me repeat. Coffee saloon and wordshop. They sell coffee and writing supplies. Why has no one thought of this before? I've reached out to the owners for an interview. 

Our City Lights Blog

Our City Lights Blog

In the Post - Lance Burson won a copy of Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, but I decided to send more than the book and put together a literary gift box. These will soon be available in the upcoming store, but while I'm testing, I'm giving away another (different book, different content). Your entry is automatic by participating in this week's 100 Words challenge, but you can add your name up to three times. Details below the picture. 

Velvet Verbosity Gift Box

Get a Velvet Verbosity Literary Gift Box. Here's how: 

  1. Join this week's 100 Word Challenge. See below for the prompt and to enter your link. If this is your first time, find the guidelines here. I'm going to be a stickler about entries on this. No spam, must be a genuine effort weighing in at exactly 100 words (not including title), must be linked via LinkyTools below, and your post must link back here. This is all to avoid any lazy entries just looking for free swag. 
  2. You can add two more entries with the following (1 per), but only if you participated in the challenge and your link is added: 
    • Tweet, Facebook, Pin, whatever - pick your Social Media tool and share this post OR Velvet Verbosity generally. Be sure to mention me so I see the post, and if the medium you chose won't notify me, let me know in comments. 
    • Leave a comment and share one or some of your favorite reading rituals - what's your drink of choice? Do you have a favorite spot? Do you prefer electronic books over physical books? Really, whatever you want to tell me. I want to hear how you read.

Your entries will be added to an online random selector (or to a basket from which I'll let the cat choose). **Due to prohibitive costs of shipping, I can only offer this to my U.S. readers. And now, without further ado...

100 Word Challenge 372


Your word this week, from my current reading material - The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz: