Matie's Writing Lab

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Copyright nightmare: which side is right?

I stumbled upon this article at It's about J.K. Rowling's lawsuit against The Harry Potter Lexicon website, given that they will publish a book version of their guide to characters, element, and plots of the worldwide known series. (warning: long read. If you don't want to read it all,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Do you have what it takes?

From John Gardner's On Becoming a Novelist: "Another indicator of the novelist's talent is intelligence-a certain kind of intelligence, not the mathematician's or the philosopher's but the storyteller's- an intelligence not less subtle than the mathematician's or the philosopher's but not so easily... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Time to catch up!!! (2)

Whoa!!! I see some things changed here. Like this new 'add an item' stuff I will learn later. So far, I had a great time during the holidays. I finished the first level of the creative writing course I've taken and it seems I've improved a great deal (the course was in my native language, spanish).... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!!!11

Just wanted to drop by. I'll be back soon with more stuff to tell. God Bless ya! -Matie- Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hmmm could this actually be true?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new Constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor At the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier: 'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Writing can actually be a painful process. That's what my teacher has been proving to me through her revisions and critiques to my works. It's pretty much similar to when you train with your martial arts teacher or something. You take so many hits that somehow you get used to them. Punches, kicks to... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

I think that certain elements will help get you through most situations in your life. For example, if you really want to write meaningful and profound stories, in which the reader 'thinks' and 'feels' with what you're telling there, then you have created this bond. Empathy. Where can you begin? I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A message from our sponsor

I don't know if it's too late, but I felt I had to do it. BTW, I apologize for not posting that much these days, it's just that I'm getting into exams so that studying and classes takes a lot of my free time. I owe you a few posts on how I'm going in my writing and drawing courses, respectively. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Weird/funny dream I had last night

With all the violence and tense situation I had to endure (check out my other blog on Latin America if you want to know) these days, I'm having the weirdest dreams ever lately. Yesterday I dreamt that I was sitted in one of the White House's gardens! It was around 11 am and from there, I could see... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I heart twisted irony

I was reading Dante's Hell Chapter, Canto five, which is about the punishment of people who gave up to their passions and their uncontrolled lust. They resided in the Second Circle of Hell. (Yes, I'm going through it at a slowly pace LOL ). The punishment consisted of going for eternity through this... Sign in to see full entry.

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