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Mr. Gabriel Rodriguez’s cover for Jason Ciaramella’s forthcoming adaptation of “By The Silver Waters of Lake Champlain,” which will be in IDW’s SHADOW SHOW.

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theparisreview:

The waves wash in, warm and salty, leaving your eyebrows white and the edge of your cheekbone. Your ear aches. You are lonely. On the underside of a satin leaf, hot with shade, a scorpion sleeps. And one Sunday I will be shot brushing my teeth. I am a native of this island.
—Frank O’Hara, from “Pearl Harbor”

theparisreview:

The waves wash in, warm and salty,
leaving your eyebrows white and
the edge of your cheekbone. Your ear
aches. You are lonely. On the
underside of a satin leaf, hot
with shade, a scorpion sleeps. And
one Sunday I will be shot brushing
my teeth. I am a native of this island.

Frank O’Hara, from “Pearl Harbor”

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archiemcphee:

This stunning installation of 888,246 red ceramic poppies was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper in commemoration of the centennial of Britain’s involvement in World War I. Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, each flower represents a British or Colonial military fatality.

This staggering installation is a work in progress, with the ceramic pippies being planted by volunteers in the dry moat that surrounds the Tower of London. The planting process began a few weeks ago and will continue throughout the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11, 2014.

Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website to learn more about this moving project. You can also follow the progress of the volunteer planters by following the #TowerPoppies on Twitter.

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WRAITH is out in hardcover and I am out in Framingham tonight, dropping in on Barnes & Noble to sign this and my other books. Come see me! The signing starts at 7.

Just don’t take a ride from this guy getting there.

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  • Question: I'm trying to be disciplined and finish a writing project that has been over a year in the making, one that is important to me, and I have been interrupted with inspiration for another project and want to strike while the iron is hot. I wonder if you ever have been in that situation and what you chose to do. Advice? - jussittinheretrynawritedisbook
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    Yep. All the time. Make some notes about the next project and stick with what you’re doing.

    Not-finishing can also become a habit… a very bad one. And if you’re excited to get on to the next thing, that will create a helpful additional impetus to complete what you’re doing now. 

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  • Question: I recently picked up NOS4A2 a few days ago, and I've got to say I'm loving it(I'm about close to the three hundred page mark), out of your work, what would you recommend me reading next? - idastxp
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    Ah, I dunno. HEART-SHAPED BOX resembles NOS4A2 in that it is also a straight-ahead horror thriller. LOCKE & KEY is more of a dark action-fantasy, but has NOS4A2’s big scale. It’s also a little bit of a weird puzzle piece. HORNS is the most atypical of my books: a dark comedy-slash-love story-slash-horror novel. When I try to describe it I sometimes refer to it as a tragicomihorridy. 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS is a collection of stories, and covers a wide range of moods and approaches.

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  • Question: I remember in an interview you gave a few years back, you mentioned that you and Gabe were working on a new original long term series. Is there still plans to do another comic series? - blog-cody-williams
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    Eventually.

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"I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain."

- Jonathan Carroll  (via theremina)

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  • Question: Hi, Joe! I'm working on my first novel and I realised that I resist the idea of hurting my characters too much – at the same time finding it necessary, as success shouldn't come too easy to the protagonists. As I'm halfway through NOS4A2 now, I started to wonder: does it come naturally with the flow of the story to hurt or even kill off characters that you find sympathetic or is it hard for you? If so, how do you deal with it? Thanks. - nuckelavee
  • Answer:

    I am a cruel, joyless man and my heart is a block of poisoned, toxic ice.

    Also, no one wanted to buy my book MR HAPPY HAS A NICE DAY. I don’t know why.

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  • Question: hello, do you have any tips for getting around writers block? - kodemunkey
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    Sometimes writers block happens when your imagination wants to explore a particular idea or subject, and you’re afraid to give yourself permission. Maybe you’re worried if you write about “X” your Mom will be horrified, or your friends will be disgusted and disappointed. So you try and think of an idea that isn’t “X” and your imagination says, “Oh, I see how it’s gonna be, go screw yourself.”

    Your imagination runs on its own circuit. You either plug it in or you don’t.

    Of course it’s also possible you’re just not feeling it this day/week/month. Take some walks. Read some short stories. I think the daily writing habit is a terrific one, but I also think sometimes it’s okay to write a couple letters and an entry in your journal. Give yourself a break. No one day of work matters all that much. See below for more on this subject.