No amount of experimentation
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No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. Albert Einstein ..read more
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Major leak reveals revolutionary new version of Microsoft Bing powered by ChatGPT-4 AI
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From Windows Central: It looks like Microsoft is gearing up to launch a major new version of Bing that integrates OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4 technology in a way that will revolutionize searching the web. Multiple users have reported seemingly stumbling across a preview version of the new Bing earlier today before Microsoft quickly shut it down. Luckily, a user by the name of Owen Yin was able to grab a few screenshots and try out a handful of features before his access was revoked, giving us a good look at how the future of Bing and searching the web will function with AI ..read more
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The State of Social Media (As It Pertains To Writers In Particular)
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From Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds: This is a post about social media, which is the most boring kind of post. But for writers in particular, it’s an essential one. And here is why: we are at a time when traditional media is a *******************. In general, sure, but also, specifically as it relates to book stuff. You’ll find far less book coverage than you used to in years past, in part because — at least, as I understand it — a lot of outlets have reduced the staff dedicated to book-related and publishing-related topics, sometimes cutting down to the bone. Unless you’re in the one percent of ..read more
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Sentenced to Law School
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PG acknowledges that this this is not the usual discussion fodder he posts about. For those unfamiliar, The ABA Journal is the monthly magazine published by The American Bar Association. The ABA is the largest voluntary bar association in the United States. In order to practice law in the United States, a person must be a member of a state bar association. That’s a mandatory bar association that typically requires a graduate from an accredited law school to pass a bar exam. The difficulty of the exam varies from state to state. California has typically had the most difficult bar exam with a ty ..read more
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Some editors
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Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. T.S. Eliot ..read more
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Rachel Toalson–Tackling the Hard Stuff, and Highlighting the Good Stuff
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From Writer Unboxed: Rachel Toalson is an especially prolific poet, essayist, and award-winning author of picture books and of middle grade and young adult fiction. Lest you think writing books for young humans means toning down reality, Rachel has mastered the art of hard topics — how to convey them, how to guide a young mind through them — in a way that helps to instill hope and to set young people on a path of functional thinking. “Toalson handles difficult, complex subjects with nuance and care, never losing sight of who her readers are, and striking the delicate balance between hone ..read more
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5 Tips for How to Return to Writing After a Long Break
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From Helping Writers Become Authors: Making a return to writing after a long time away can feel overwhelming or even bewildering. Depending on the reasons for your break, you may be confronting a wide array of emotions—everything from anticipation and excitement to trepidation and confusion. If you find yourself worried or uncertain about how to proceed, the first step is simply to acknowledge those feelings. As you may know, I recently returned to fiction writing after a lengthy break. My break was precipitated by the stress of difficult life circumstances, combined with writer’s bl ..read more
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The Miraculous Salman Rushdie
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From The Atlantic: Salman rushdie’s new novel, Victory City, purports to be the summary of a long-lost, 24,000-verse epic poem from 14th-century India. The hero and author of the poem is Pampa Kampana, who as a girl becomes the conduit for a goddess, channeling her oracular pronouncements and wielding her magical powers. She later causes a city to rise overnight from enchanted seeds, presides as its queen, and lives to the age of 247. The city she founds becomes a utopia—a feminist one, I’m tempted to say, because in its heyday women are equal to men. But really, when women flourish, everyone ..read more
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The Patent Law Origins of Science Fiction
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PG notes that the OP is an academic paper, but found it quite engaging. Following is the authors’ abstract of the longer paper. This article uncovers the role of patents and patent law in shaping the literary genre of science fiction. Using unpublished primary sources, the article examines the views of Hugo Gernsback, the so-called “father” of science fiction. Gernsback, who was himself an inventor and frequent patentee, is known for his firm conviction that works of science fiction can give rise to the technologies of the future. This article reveals that, in espousing this thesis, Gernsback ..read more
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CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., Country’s Largest Book Publisher, Steps Down
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From The Wall Street Journal: Madeline McIntosh said she is stepping down as chief executive of Penguin Random House U.S., the third senior executive to leave the country’s largest consumer book publisher in the past two months. Ms. McIntosh will remain in place until Nihar Malaviya, interim CEO of Bertelsmann SE’s Penguin Random House, establishes a new corporate leadership structure, she said in an interview. Ms. McIntosh, a popular figure in publishing circles who steered Penguin Random House U.S. through the recent Covid-19 pandemic and championed a more inclusive company, is leaving as th ..read more
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