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NaNoWriMo Tip #16: Write What You Don’t Know

Do you want to take your NaNoWriMo story in an unfamiliar direction? Back in 2013, Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz headlined a “Live From the NYPL” event.

The video embedded above features the entire conversation. During the discussion, Morrison shared this thought:

“I tell my students; I tell everybody this. When I begin a creative writing class I say, I know you’ve heard all your life, ‘Write what you know.’ Well I am here to tell you, You don’t know nothing. So do not write what you know. Think up something else. Write about a young Mexican woman working in a restaurant and can’t speak English. Or write about a famous mistress in Paris who’s down on her luck.”

This is our sixteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

Teaser Trailer Unleashed For ‘Jurassic World’

Universal Pictures has unleashed a new teaser trailer for Jurassic World. Thus far, it has drawn more than 3.6 million views on YouTube.

The video embedded above offers glimpses of Chris Pratt as Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire. This movie, inspired by Michael Crichton’s hit novel Jurassic Park, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 12, 2015. (via Vulture)

IDW Publishing to Release a U.S. Edition of ‘The Infinite Loop’

Infinite LoopWriter Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier formed a partnership to create a comic called The Infinite Loop. The collaborators launched a crowdfunding campaign in France and raised €12,575 (approximately $15646.57 USD) for this project.

IDW Publishing has acquired the rights to release a U.S. edition. The first installment of this 6-issue mini-series will be released in April 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Infinite Loop is a science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, ‘What would you risk for a chance at true love?’ Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, ‘a time paradox’ and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.”

Gabriel García Márquez Archive Finds a Home at the Harry Ransom Center

GabrielThe Harry Ransom Center, an institution based at the University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of the late Gabriel García Márquez.

The Nobel Prize-winning writer had passed on earlier this year. Some of the items in the García Márquez archive include letters, photo albums, typewriters, computers, scrapbooks, drafts of his 1982 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, and the manuscripts for One Hundred Years of SolitudeLove in the Time of Cholera, and Memories of My Melancholy Whore.

Here’s more from the press release: “Highlights in the archive include multiple drafts of García Márquez’s unpublished novel We’ll See Each Other in August, research for The General in His Labyrinth (1989) and a heavily annotated typescript of the novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981). The materials document the gestation and changes of García Márquez’s works, revealing the writer’s struggle with language and structure…The archive will reside at the Ransom Center alongside the work of many of the 20th century’s most notable authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, William Faulkner, and James Joyce, who all influenced García Márquez.”

Indies First & Gloria Steinem Get Booked

Indies FirstHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Children’s author Maureen Kanefield will appear at the University Avenue Discovery Center to deliver a reading. See her on Monday, November 24th starting 3 p.m. (Madison, WI)

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3 Portraits of Writers Featured in ‘The Boomer List’ Exhibit

NewseumThe old adage goes “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The Newseum is hosting an exhibit called “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.”

Three of the nineteen portraits in this display feature writers: The Things They Carried author Tim O’Brien, The Joy Luck Club novelist Amy Tan, and The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler. A closing date for this exhibit has been set for July 05, 2015.

Here’s more about this exhibition: “In addition to the 19 portraits, a timeline of historic events that defined the baby boom generation will be displayed, featuring news magazines from the Newseum collection plus more than 30 iconic artifacts, including news magazines from the Newseum collection plus a copy of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s parental advice book, Baby and Child Care, an original 1959 Barbie doll, a 1964 G.I. Joe action figure, a transistor radio, and a U.S. Army draft card from 1965. The artifacts illustrate the news events and pop culture moments that defined the baby boom generation, from its start in 1946 until 1982, when the last boomers turned 18.”

John Leahy Named CFO at Cengage Learning

CengageJohn Leahy has been hired as chief financial officer for Cengage Learning.

In his new role, Leahy will oversee the company’s finances and manage a team. He will report directly to chief executive officer Michael Hansen.

Here’s more from the press release: “John most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of, the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care, where he helped lead its successful Initial Public Offering this past January. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of iRobot, a pure play robotics firm which develops and markets consumer and defense products, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Keane, Inc., which provided business consulting and outsourcing services to Fortune 1000 companies.” Picks ‘Exposure’ as 2014 Word of the Year has picked “exposure” as its 2014 Word of the Year. The video embedded above shares details about the major events that occurred throughout this year that prompted this choice. The website has listed the following four definitions for this word:

  • The condition of being exposed to danger or harm.
  • The act of bringing to public attention, especially through media coverage; publicity.
  • An act or instance of bringing to light, revealing, or unmasking crime, misconduct, or evil.
  • Disclosure of something private or secret.

Here’s more from the blog: “From the pervading sense of vulnerability surrounding Ebola to the visibility into acts of crime or misconduct that ignited critical conversations about race, gender, and violence, various senses of exposure were out in the open this year. How did you see exposure in the news?” What do you think about this selection?

Oyster Launches New Online Literary Journal

Oyster ReviewThe executives at Oyster have initiated an online literary journal called The Oyster Review.

According to the press release, the editorial team for this new venture plans to publish “content related to books will appear in a variety of formats, with new pieces featured on an ongoing basis – essays, interviews, profiles, humor pieces, illustrations, and more.”

For this launch, the following features have been posted: an interview with Lauren Oliver, an essay by Kyle Chayka, a reader’s guide to Ursula K. Le Guin by Choire Sicha, a comic called “In Defense of the Thought Police” by Hallie Bateman, and a “Book of the Week” spotlight on Valeria Luiselli’s essay collection Sidewalks.

John August to Script ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

Scary StoriesJohn August has signed on to write the script for a film adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

August frequently collaborates with Tim Burton. Two of those movies were created for child audiences, The Corpse Bride (2005) and Frankenweenie (2012). At the moment, no director has been hired for this project.

Here’s more from Deadline: “The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones(1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.”