Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

Asimov 500

April 4, 2012

It’s Reden’s 500th post on Thing of the Day today, so to celebrate here’s some links to a favourite author/polymath, Isaac Asimov who is credited here:
with at least 500 books.

For budding authors who’d like to attempt to emulate that, there’s some good advice here:

On the other hand, some have found his output intimidating:

Some pages devoted to him: (this page seems particularly apposite as we have two Finnish interns just started with us for three months).  Terve!

And to finish with a quote from the Grandmaster:
“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” Isaac Asimov



November 30, 2011

Jottify is a new space for writers to share, read and sell their work. It’s a very friendly community where budding writers can share their work and even commercialise it by selling  it in ereader format in their store. Jottify gives a generous 70% of the selling price to the writer!

If you’re not a budding writer you can read other peoples stories and support the writers you like.


December 15, 2009

This website will find you words that rhyme,

with other words and save you time.

If poetry you long to write, 

Then try this site….

Ok, not very good but hopefully you get the idea!

World Book Day

March 5, 2009

No library blog would be complete without a mention that today is World Book Day – a celebration of books and reading in the UK and the Repubic of Ireland:

And whilst we’re on the subject of libraries, we want your views of the University of Portsmouth’s Library website. Whether you use the site regularly or not, please tell us what you think follow the link to complete the survey:

Haiku Crazy…

February 21, 2009

Here in the Library, there has been much interest in the writing of Haikus.

If you don’t know much about this form of poetry but would like to find out more, take a look at the links below:

If reading about them has whetted your appetite and you feel you might like to have a go, here’s how they are structured.

And if you’d like to see a few examples before putting pen to paper, you can-


February 18, 2009

Yes, it’s a gas, it also appears to be a ‘user-generated content’ resource that TOTD has only just come across – though it seems to have been around since 2006.

Whether you use it to find useful information probably depends on your willingness to sort through the chaff of poorly written material to find the wheat of good stuff.

Alternatively, you can be paid for contributing.  With credit crunches and huge student debt, it may not pay a living wage, but might contribute something to sadly empty coffers.

Let us know what you make of it – either way.

Are You Writing a Novel?

December 13, 2008

Apparently, we’ve all got a book inside us – and in some cases that’s probably where they should stay!

You might be familiar with the opening lines of  Bulwer-Lytton’s novel –  “It was a dark and stormy night… ”

but for some rather more  “novel” novel openings, click  here: