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Jan.31.2011
"Women, then, have not had a dog's chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one's own." -Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own The website Retreats for Writers says, "Everyone needs to get away, especially writers. A writers retreat...
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Jan.22.2011
"I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it. Mostly because novels and films are so different, and I'm such an internal novelist." –Alice Hoffman, successful novelist and screenwriter whose book Practical Magic was made into a movie. It's common to say that most movies made...
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Jan.22.2011
"Women, then, have not had a dog's chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one's own." - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own The website Retreats for Writers says, "Everyone needs to get away, especially writers. A writers retreat is...
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Jan.16.2011
“I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it. Mostly because novels and films are so different, and I'm such an internal novelist.” –Alice Hoffman, successful novelist and screenwriter whose book Practical Magic was made into a movie. It’s common to say that most movies made from books are...
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Jan.15.2011
Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Your favorite nonprofit probably started as such a group. Our growing directory of Red Room cause profile pages and outgoing links...
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Jan.07.2011
(Editor's note: In the inaugural issue of the The Red Letter, the newsletter in which we announced this week's blog topic, we asked for suggestions for new tools and features for redroom.com help you achieve your goals for 2011. Unfortunately, we left out a link for a place to send those...
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Jan.03.2011
The journalist and author Eric Zorn wrote, "Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle." The people behind the website Quirkology tracked more than 3,...
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Dec.28.2010
"There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn't believe there ever was such a goose cooked." –Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol In many families at holiday time, the same dishes are prepared year after year, and for some, written recipes may not even be necessary. Whether they held the secret to...
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Dec.20.2010
The Greek poet Pindar wrote, "Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection." Knowing that many enjoy the holidays as either a religious or a secular event, we asked Red Roomers to blog last week about their favorite holiday gifts....
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Dec.13.2010
Compass
Each point on the compass has developed its own associations in Western culture. North is treated as the "fundamental" direction, which is why we tend to list it first. Standard maps are oriented with north at the top, and the phrase "north of" something means "greater than...
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Nov.24.2010
By Gina Misiroglu In celebrating Thanksgiving week, it's been my pleasure to solicit articles for AOL News from Red Room authors on the subject of what they're thankful for. The variety of answers was astonishing, but the high quality reflects what I've come to expect (and relish) from this...
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Nov.22.2010
Last week, Red Room invited our members to blog about their favorite character names in literature. We did this after asking our authors the week before to participate in the First Amendment Project's Character Name Auction, joining Red Room's Andrew Sean Greer, Ayelet Waldman, Dave Eggers, Jane...
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Nov.14.2010
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. -Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764  For nearly twenty years, FAP, the First Amendment Project, has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of...
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Oct.25.2010
"It is in the compelling zest for high adventure and victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys." –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Inspired by announcing the winners of Red Room's Scandalously Short Story Contest last week, and with the usual caveat to the author of The...
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Oct.19.2010
The results are in! After hundreds of entries, dozens of worthy semi- and semi-semi-finalists (and many more with moments of brilliance), and five finalists, Red Room is exceedingly proud to announce the final results of its Scandalously Short Story Contest! Before we get to the winners, we want to...
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