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Grande Bibliothèque – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Libraries – I like visiting libraries when I travel. I thought that this was a great introduction to Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, Canada. I have added this library to my list of places to visit.

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While in Montreal for the day (stay tuned for next week’s post highlighting our 24 hours in Montreal), I couldn’t resist looking up Montreal’s most popular library. I was most definitely on a library high after the stunning Library of Parliament that we’ve visited the day before in Ottawa and was eager to explore another library. After perusing the list of city libraries, the Grande Bibliothèque stood apart as it was the most visited library in North America in 2011.  It was a bitterly cold Sunday morning that we were exploring Old Montreal, with a stiff wind making the chill that much more penetrating. With the weather now given context, marry someone who will readily walk into that biting wind for approximately thirty minutes to visit a library you have been reading about only that day. Luke and I were both frozen through by the time we stepped into the warm entry…

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My NaNoWriMo 2018 Effort is Over

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I have had an interest in trying to write for some time. This year, I decided to make a commitment and try my hand during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). Some 58,000 words later I have wrapped up my very rough first draft.

This has been a fun adventure for me. Now all I have to do is spend some time, a lot of time, editing and polishing what I have written. In the meantime, I can get back to posting more and getting out and exploring more of Singapore.

A visit to Stockholm Public Library

Libraries – I like seeing blog posts about libraries and have made a few myself. I enjoyed seeing this one of the Stockholm Public Library and wanted to share it.

The post contains a little more travel info than just the library itself, but it is worth seeing another library I might want to add to my list of places to visit.

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Our final day in Stockholm and just enough time before heading back to the airport to fit in a visit to the Stockholm Public Library in Odenplan. I love visiting libraries wherever I travel and what a delightful one this was. The library, which was designed by Gunnar Asplund and completed in 1928, is one of the city’s most famous buildings with its geometrically designed neo-classical architecture and is listed as being one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.

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Stepping through the Egyptian style doorway and climbing the central staircase, we were able to get our first glimpse into the central rotunda of the library. The rotunda is a circular book hall and is an absolutely stunning temple for book lovers like me. It contains a total of 40,000 books on three levels and retains its original mahogany furniture and leather chairs.

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Library of Parliament – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Libraries – I always like visiting unusual libraries. When I saw this post covering the Library of Parliament library in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada I had to share it.

Needless to say, it is now on my list of libraries to visit one day.

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Over this past weekend Luke and I took a three day weekend up to Ottawa and Montreal. As several of our trips had fallen through recently with wildfires closing Yosemite, canceling our Half Dome hike and a new job changing our American southwest journey I was bursting at the seams to go on a new adventure. Knowing we had a three day weekend, we decided to fit in a trip to the Canadian capital, especially as their Library of Parliament had been on my library bucket list for a quite a while now.  To access the Library of Parliament the public is able to go on free guided tours throughout the Centre Block, where not only will you get to glimpse this remarkable library but also be taken on a tour the center of Canadian government such as the Commons and Senate rooms.  Prior to our trip I’d read that…

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Fifty Word Fantasy: Thief

Reading – I thought that this was a great piece of Flash Fiction. It would be a good start to a fantasy novel.

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She pondered the shimmer guarding the bookshelf, then grabbed a thin folio from it and ran.

The wizard appeared, grand and robed. “No ordinary urchin or thief steals from my library.”

The child trembled anticipating his wrath.

“It takes a wizard’s eyes to see my wards. Let me train yours.”

Copyright © 2018 by Jason H. Abbott, All Rights Reserved.

Discover more of my Fifty Word Fantasies.

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University of Michigan Law Library

BooksLibraries – I have posted about libraries I have visited before. I thought that this Blog post by “The Critiquing Chemist” showed off a very interesting building. While it is a specialty library (the law library), it is none the less a beautiful and picturesque structure.

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The past month has been a whirlwind of exciting life updates as my brother got engaged and I made an exciting career change. Yesterday was actually my first day at my new job working in the laboratories at the State of Michigan! With a few days off last week in between jobs I decided to check a library off my bucket list that is relatively just down the road from where I live.  One of my best friends happened to be in town for the week from Arizona so we coordinated breakfast in Ann Arbor before walking to the Law Library.  I hadn’t expected the absolute nightmare parking would turn out to be but Megan and I eventually both found spots.  Based on glowing recommendations we enjoyed the raisin bread and coffee at Angelo’s, which was well worth the half hour wait in the cold. After stuffing ourselves Megan and…

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NaNoWriMo is About to Start – Count Your Words in Pages

Tech Tips – NaNoWriMo begins November 1. Are you ready?

Haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo? That stands for “National Novel Writing Month” which is November of every year. As their website states:

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

If you happen to be using a Mac or iPad and the included Pages software to write your novel, how do you keep track of the words you have set down? That is easy on both devices.

 

On your Mac:

Open Pages to the document where you are writing your novel

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Select View in the Menu bar, then Show Word Count

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Now at the bottom of your window will appear the running word count in your document.

 

On your iPad 

  1. Open Pages to the document where you are writing your novel

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Click on the View Options icon in the Menu Bar

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In the drop-down menu, click the slider switch to enable Word Count to be displayed. Once that is done, the document statistics will be displayed in a small bubble at the top of the page. The default, as shown above, is Page Count.

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Now click on that Page Count bubble and you get another drop-down menu to chose which statistic about the document you wish to display. Click on Words.

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Now the Word Count will be displayed at the top of the screen while you are in the document.


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Top 10 Tuesdays: Bookstores I’ve Always wanted to Visit

Reading – This is a good list. I like to visit bookstores and libraries when I travel. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to visit three of those listed: the Library of Congress, Shakespeare and Company, and The Strand. They were all impressive.

I would add to that list these as well:

So many locations around the world for book lovers to visit. My list of places I want to visit grows constantly.

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Happy Tuesday my lovelies, Following my recent dedication to post more often, here is another Tuesday book meme for you all. Top 10 Tuesday a meme created by The Broke & the Bookish, but which is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl featuring a different bookish related theme each week. This week’s theme is Bookstores or libraries I have always wanted to visit! I am so excited about this one because going to a bookstore is probably one of my favourite things to do! I just can’t help but feel at home there and there are so many amazing ones in the world I still haven’t visited (seriously debating planning a trip to visit a bunch of famous bookstores).

*All descriptions are taken from wikipedia

1. The Library of Congress

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The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is…

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Singapore, Singapore – Ngee Ann City Mall and the Kinokuniya Bookstore

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LocationsBookstores – A couple of weeks ago I walked over to the Ngee Ann City Mall. While I had been there a time or two before, I was going specifically to check out the bookstore I had seen there.

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This is a very upscale mall with several well known high-end stores. The S$520 million building that houses the shopping mall also has two 26 story office towers.

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The mall hosts 130 different stores and restaurants spread out over several levels.

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As I mentioned, the purpose of my visit to the mall was to check out the Kinokuniya bookstore. Officially the address of the bookstore is 391 Orchard Road #04-20/20A/20B/20C/20E/21, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872. The #04-20 in that address indicates that the bookstore is on the fourth floor. In fact, it is immediately adjacent to the Crystal Jade Palace. That is how I noticed the bookstore. We had dinner at the Crystal Jade Palace a few weeks back. It didn’t look all that large from the outside.

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The Kinokuniya bookstore in the mall is one of four outlets in Singapore. This is their flagship store and the second-largest bookstore in Southeast Asia. I only realized how large it was once I had gone inside.

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I walked around the bookstore for a while and it is the largest bookstore I think I have ever been in.

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Certainly, if I find myself searching for a paper book while I am in Singapore, I know where I will be able to find it. I will be going back and spending more time browsing through the shelves.

If you want a book in Singapore, I think that this is the premier place to go.


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Do You Know the Difference Between a Short Story, a Novelette, a Novella, ​and a Novel?

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Reading – As you know if you follow my Blog, I read a lot. Some short stories, a few novellas, but mostly novels. But having said that, what does that really mean? I have had the general notion of what a short story, a novella, and a novel are, but I wondered if there was some sort of official definition.

When I looked at “Word Count” in Wikipedia what I see is this definition:

Classification Word Count
Novel 40000 or more
Novella 17500 – 39999
Novelette 7500 – 17499
Short Story less than 7500

These are actually the classifications used by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for each category of its Nebula award, so not exactly an official definition. Elsewhere I have read that The New Yorker in 2012, defined the novella as being between roughly 20,000 and 40,000 words[1].

Classification Word Count
Novel 55000 – 300000
Novella 30000 – 50000
Short Story 1500 – 30000

 

I see where Writer’s Digest has these slightly different classifications [1,2]. Then there is also the even smaller classification of Flash Fiction for works from 53 to 1000 words [3, 4]. Others classify a Novella as 20000 to 50000 [4].

Regardless of which classification you choose to follow, these do give general guidelines for the length of various works. So the National Novel Writing Month goal of 50000 words written during the month of November abides by these classifications. Are you going to sign up and try your hand during NANOWRIMO this year?

References

  1. What Is the Difference Between a Novella and a Short Story?
  2. What Is the Difference Between Novels, Novellas & Short Stories?
  3. Differences Between a Short Story, Novelette, Novella, & a Novel
  4. Short Story, Novella, Novel – what’s the difference?