History is not a prerogative of the human species, Edward O. Wilson declares in Half-Earth. Demonstrating that we blindly ignore the histories of millions of other species, Wilson warns us that a point of no return is imminent. Refusing to believe that our extinction is predetermined, Wilson has written Half-Earth as a cri de coeur, proposing that the only solution to our impending “Sixth Extinction” is to increase the area of natural reserves to half the surface of the earth. (more…)
Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young adult
literature in South Africa.
Their Mission: Imagnary House is focused on building a larger market for local authors and illustrators of African children’s
books. The intention is also to ignite the love of reading. Imagnary House is committed to engaging with both local and international readers, and literary agents.
A Call for Submissions: As of 1 July 2018, Imagnary House opened their Call for Submissions to build their publication list for the next 2 years. Submissions close on 31 July 2018 at midnight.
What are they looking for? Their priority this year is to find teen or young-adult fantasy, science-fiction, and alternative history novels. They are also looking for children’s chapter books and picture books that are sophisticated, fun and imaginative. However, they are not looking for educational, didactic, or moral-focused stories, definitely leaning towards manuscripts that are diverse and can travel across different cultures and countries.
Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres:
- Children’s picture books (junior-grade)
- Children’s chapter books (middle-grade)
- Teen science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels
- Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels
Writers and illustrators can submit their work on Imagnary House’s submissions page. Website: https://imagnaryhouse.com/
The current “future” – by Matthew Smith
In a world where privacy is up for debate and identity is increasingly fading.
What do you do when the world begins to resemble the likes of a sci-fi novel? People find Science fiction interesting, creative and thought provoking, but what happens when it is no longer an idea, but part of our everyday lives? “Fiction” has become reality. (more…)
Plotting the structure and pace of a novel must not only personify a unique way of looking at the world, the aim should consistently be to bring all aspects of the story together to hold the readers’ attention. While it helps to create a preliminary framework of the story to give you direction, it should be flexible. (more…)
The purpose of an academic essay is for a scholar to not only demonstrate their understanding of a particular subject and develop their own ideas, but also to understand the ideas of other scholars. Writing an academic essay is also an opportunity for the student to communicate their understanding of the prescribed text and research material, with their lecturer or supervisor. (more…)
Write a book for a ready readership
Choosing a topic to write a book manuscript that targets a wide readership is perhaps just as daunting as it is to follow one’s subjective notion of a theme’s importance. On the one hand it might seem logical to opt for a topic that you know well or would like to know more about through research. On the other hand if a published work does not yet exist, it makes sense that you should write it. There is of course the risk that many ‘new’ subjects may already be works-in-progress and not yet announced. (more…)
Books on overcoming the struggles of writing
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek shares words of wisdom in this handy book where she discusses the difficulties of writing. She writes about how hard it is to write and how sometimes it is necessary to destroy paragraphs, phrases and words to re-form them as something even better. (more…)
Some people just seem to have a natural talent to remodel their home and construct seemingly complex outdoor features, without fuss or struggle. They clearly have a knack for working it out and getting on with the task at hand. While I often aspire to the idea of tackling projects like screeding our verandah floor and transforming the space into a sun room, revamping our sixties kitchen, and building a freestanding greenhouse I must admit I would not know where to start. Thankfully there are contractors who are willing and able to take on these types of jobs. I’m curious however how and where contractors acquire their skills. Also, most trades require lifelong learning to continually expand their repertoire in order to remain competitive.
Everyone wants their space; everyone enjoys being alone sometimes and having at the minimum some time to focus on themselves – or at least everyone deserves such a “space”.
In today’s world “space” isn’t as freely available as it used to be. I’m not talking about physical space-well, not entirely. People are constantly connected today, most people are never in essence “alone”. Perhaps you are home alone – lucky; but thanks to the ever welcome advances in technology, there is a plethora of devices for you to choose from –and a billion friends on the other side of *twilight zone music*. For most people, getting a hold of one of their friends or family members is literally as easy as making a phone call or sending an email message; making things easier yet less special and far too frequent for some. (more…)
Finding the motivation, time and energy to write and publish your book can be daunting, even for the most disciplined writer. The first step is to prioritize your time and manage competing priorities. Irrespective of whether you plan to write a non-fiction book, novel or online editorial to grow your brand identity, you need to plan ahead by creating several sequential easy-to-accomplish objectives and devise a comfortable work-life balance. Getting started on any writing project isn’t as easy as some make out. (more…)