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"The emblem's sun disk has 21 rays, equal in size and shape, with the single odd ray at top and the two even rays on the bottom. Number 21 is a venerated number, standing for rebirth/renaissance in the ancient and native Kurdish religion of Yazdanism..."

21? cf. Hebrew Shin ש
Smells like worship of Nergal and his "group of seven" demons... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazd%C3%A…

3 x 7 = 21 ש

"The number three came to be recognised as a mark of magic, so that 'anything that is repeated three times is magical' was a frequently quoted rule."

Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg, Jewish Magic and Superstition
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New FB Writing Post: facebook.com/autie.lens/pho…

"From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—"
~Alone by Edgar Allen Poe

Sometimes in life, we are blind to the demons who have been with us all our
lives, the ones that are hidden in angels wings, in the soothing voice; the ones that meant to love us, to care.

They blind us, then we blind ourselves, we don't want to see because we can't, then we refuse.

Then what to do, when no longer blinded, when life lifts the veil,
and we see the demons for whom the are; the humans they are; not monster, not evil, human. Human, flawed, manipulative, filled with hatred, wether self or others; unable to change their way from time or willful refusal.

What to do when the demons are the humans who were meant
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I’m teaching a college writing course this semester, and I’m noticing a lot of ways that #writing is like doing #math. Here’s a short list. Can you think of others? (thread) #iteachmath
1. Both involve reasoning and making convincing arguments.
2. Both involve creative choices about what arguments are most compelling.
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RESOURCES FOR WRITERS: a list of organisations, opportunities & support, which you really ought to have on your writerly radar, and which I wish had been on my own radar earlier in my career. Hope you find them useful. #thread #amwriting #writer
If you're a writer, join @Soc_of_Authors. They're great advocates for writers' rights, & offer PDF guides on working as a writer, specific advice on contracts etc for members & discounts on books! They also offer grants for work in progress & run annual awards.
@Soc_of_Authors Anyone in the arts should be aware of @ace_national (or @CreativeScots / @Arts_Wales_ / @ArtsCouncilNI, depending where you're based). They support writers through fundings opportunities - for individuals & organisations.
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With more people starting to write their GRFP apps, I feel the need to throw in some non-technical advice for writing these statements: stay true to your self. This means:

1. Write a genuine narrative about *your* life and interests. Don’t try to put on a show for anyone.

cont.
it’ll be painfully obvious to the reader if you are simply trying to write what you think they want to read/fund. For both parts, speak your truth.

This leads to

2. You can and should take feedback into account, but *do not* let anyone fundamentally change your statement.
as a continuation of 2, I ended my statement with the following:

“I believe training at UCSF supplemented with the NSF GRF will allow me to be the best scientist, educator, and activist to serve my community.”

Of course, I received an edited version that had “activist” removed
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I’ve had a few followers inquire about my process #writing in 5 acts. Which I’ll talk about it in this thread. By the way, this is my process for outlining and I’m not suggesting you should be doing this or that my way is better than your way, or the only way. 1/
I definitely believe there are more efficient ways and ways of thinking that are better to getting scripts finished which is priority 1 IMO. But there are people who have long processes and if you enjoy exploring through the writing and it’s more of hobby then go for it. 2/
But in my experience the real difference between amateurs or hobby writers and professionals is professionals finish. More often than not. Professionals understand a paycheck waits at the other end but only if it’s done. Hobbyists enjoy the process and maybe they finish. 3/
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How are you writing your dissertation? How did you write yours? How do you write your books? This is my method (so far). Note: I’m a historian. #writing 1/
My approach consists of 4 separate stages: 1) gathering sources, 2) reading/analyzing the sources I have collected, 3) organizing the sources and making a top down writing outline, 4) writing. 2/
Some people do research and write one chapter, and then do the same process for another. Others do research while writing. I don’t adopt these approaches. 3/
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1.
The Habit
By @DickieArmour
A crime thriller

THE PERPETRATOR

It was a clichéd habit.

He liked drugs & girls.

He was a monster too.

#CrimeFiction #fiction #crimethriller #thriller #mystery #writing #TheHabit

amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B009HC…
2.
THE HERO

A broker in The City.

Son of a famous F1 driver.

Best mates with a senior policeman.
3.
THE VICTIMS

Too many to name them.

Young women raped.

They were in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

That place should have been somewhere safe.

The back of a black, London taxi
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Good morning bbs. We are so close to the weekend! Today I’m attending a protest & having lunch with a colleague so my work #goals are minimal:
-Complete reverse outline process to re-organize my book chapter

Don’t know what a reverse outline is? Ooh baby are you in for a treat!
Thread on #writing & #revision: A reverse outline is a way to see the structure of what you’ve written in a draft in order to reorganize it. You start by marking up a pdf or print copy of your draft & numbering every paragraph. My book chap has 33 paragraphs.
Once you’ve numbered, make a list from 1 to whatever number of paragraphs you have. Re-read each paragraph & write a short summary (a phrase, not even a sentence) describing what each paragraph is about or doing.
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Many academics find sitting down at the computer and starting to write to be the most difficult challenge facing them. One of the reasons for this, as one of my students put it so well, is that “if I never start, then I never fail.”
#AcWri #PhD
1/23
Another reason academics can't get started writing is getting out of the habit of writing–or never having had a writing habit.
While tough to overcome, this obstacle does have some straightforward solutions.
Here are ten (10) solutions.
#acwri #PhD
2/23
1. Make other tasks contingent on writing
An excellent way of dealing with the difficulty of getting started is to make a preferred task contingent on a nonpreferred task, as the behavior management experts put it (Boice 1983).
3/23
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#JhelumFables , a 5 day visual storytelling workshop which I am conducting with youth in #Kashmir kicked off today. There couldn't have been a better classroom than the picturesque houseboat ROOTS situated on river Jhelum.

P.S: The best way to spend holidays in company of ✏️📸
#JHELUMFABLES
On day two of the visual storytelling workshop I interacted with each participant. We did small excercises to enhance imagination. Later they chose quaint corners of Roots houseboat situated on river #Jhelum & scribbled stories in company of wood & water. #Kashmir
Light experiments inside classroom on day 3 of #JhelumFables
A chair placed on the wooden Verandah of the houseboat facing west became a prop for portrait shooting- as participants tried side lighting & back lighting before venturing out on the river banks with their camera & pen
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It’s #Monday, I’m boozing it up at a 4 seat bar, the #barkeep is a long pourer, and I’m all fucking set if I get something stuck between my teeth.👇🙃 #RandomThoughts #drinking #OutAndAbout
Shooting the shit with a friend, she’s proud to be doing well with her plants - unusual for her.

The key was a #video explaining the benefits of pruning.

She needs REASONS. She got them.

Apparently, pruning in a particular manner stimulates growth hormones.
#RandomThoughts
Of course, this led to me initiating a discussion about the #movie I just watched on Hulu, called “The German Doctor.”

The main character was Josef Mengele. #ThisHappened

People, this is why I’m known in my circles as “The Black Hole Of Conversation.” SMTH
#RandomThoughts
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Some random thoughts on #writing:

Having a big vocabulary is never enough. You have to know precisely when and how to unleash your vocabulary, leaving the room for ambiguity as little as possible. This way, you can articulate your points without appearing to be showing off.
It's also crucial to be able to construct sentences that flow -- and that's not an easy job to do for long, complex ones -- for only with sentences that flow can a writer truly engage her readers. That takes a lot of practice on top of a good understanding of the English syntax.
Lastly, ditch all of the Latin-derived artificial conventions that your English teachers might have tried to drill into your brain, like: "Always use active voice", "Never end a sentence with a preposition", etc. No good writers bother with those nonsense.
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The halls had windows. I looked out the window each time I went up a level, and each time I gazed out, the view was changing. The outside world was becoming livelier, more vibrant, and cleaner.
The buildings weren’t so imposing and box-like anymore but came in different shapes, colors, and sizes. I felt like the top level was within reach.

I lost count of the number of levels I climbed but since the halls have gotten smaller as I went higher,
I finally entered a small room. It was about 30 square meters, carpeted, with wooden pillars decked with intricate carvings. There were a few people of varied ages, most of them quite mature. One group was playing charades.
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A terrific discussion about environmental journalism today with @cynthiabarnett @LukeRunyon @noahgshannon @AbrahmL, moderated by @gburton. Luke joked at the beginning that the panel was probably, from left to right, 'moving from most optimistic to most pessimistic.' #Journalism
Lots of insightful points in the conversation, which ranged from a discussion of optimism/pessimism in reporting on climate change to the idea of a board game designed around managing water. Going to share a few of their comments.
.@cynthiabarnett praised @jfleck: "When I’ve done reporting on water in New Mexico, I’m always amazed at the number of people who talk about John Fleck as someone who helped change the ethos of the Albuquerque community, which now uses half the water that it used in the mid-90s."
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How to sell 1000 copies of your books in 6 months of less.
A Thread.

1. I had just completed my book. It took me several months to write a manuscript I was satisfied with. Now I faced the hurdle of selling the book

This is how I did it. You can do the same.
#writing
2. "How are you going to sell this book?", a friend asked me. I didn't have an answer. I had used a lot of money to produce the book and I was almost broke. It even got to the point that I almost cursed the day I decided to write that book.
#writing
#sell
3. Nobody I knew had written and sold books before. The only people I knew who wrote and sold books were pastors with a large congregation who bought their books. I didn't have a church, I was not close to anyone who had a large church, so I was in a predicament.
#writing
#sell
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THREAD: I loved the chapter “What about grades” from @biblioracle’s #WhyTheyCantWrite. Does a S who goes from “D+ work” to “C+ work” deserve a lower final grade than the S who remains at a “B+ performance” the whole semester? Is this symptomatic of a broken scoring system? 👇
As graders, sometimes we mistakenly focus on a universal destination (that’s devoid of any context) as that which determines a S’s grade. The Ss who get closer to this abstract destination get the superior grade, which reinforces inequality... #WhyTheyCantWrite #Ranciere18
What if we focused on each S’s starting point & focused less on an abstract outcome that effaces all considerations of each S’s unique situation? Grade the S’s journey. Perhaps it’s a way to move from extrinsic to intrinsic motivators... #WhyTheyCantWrite #Ranciere18 @MrShakedown
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RANSOM is having its season premiere on Saturday at 9pm! You should tune in for a ton of reasons.**RETWEET THIS VERY BIASED THREAD BY A NEW WRITER** @RansomCBS @RansomSeries @CBS @GlobalTV #writing #screenwriting #diversity
Eric Beaumont (@luke_j_roberts) rescues people from kidnapping and hostage situations relying on his team and their wits - without using violence.
I love that the show's heroes care about saving lives more than anything else, and refuse to use violence to solve problems. Okay, Eric broke his cardinal rule last season finale - but more on that later...
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Now, if you'd like to see what and who in our community is up to no good, please refer to the following tweets with vital information so we can STOP attacking the victims involved in this situation.
First up! Introducing Author Lissa Gromley (@AuthorLissa) who was part of the Sassy Literary Ladies, a group consisting of several authors across genres that eventually turned on her and caused the chaos taking over the #writingcommunity today, see here:
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There is a distinct difference between 'informational' #writing and 'informed' writing. We teach 'informational' writing in our schools and, too often, receive correctly-structured and perfectly-cited bullshit. Students regurgitate main ideas and details, often word-for-word,
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and, in fact, show very little understanding of what they've read. This is especially prevalent in social studies. We teachers often encourage this because we emphasize organization and feel so proud when our students can correctly write in MLA format.
2/
'Informed' writing, on the other hand, demonstrates voice, POV, synthesis of different ideas. Its purpose may be the same as informational writing, but it is infinitely more effective because the reader believes that the writer a) understands the content; and b) gives a shit.
3/
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My co-author & I have so much fun. I never would have imagined co-authoring to be such a delight, but it is! I love writing on my own, but collaborative thinking & writing is such an invigorating experience. We produce work that’s better than what we could have done individually.
I wish co-authoring was more accepted in the humanities. We’re both pre-tenure & know that to get tenure we have to still both produce independent work & publish our co-authored material in the highest rank journals we can manage in order to be taken seriously by our institutions
I hope that gaining tenure means I can do more collaborative thinking & writing in the future.

#writing #AcademicTwitter #coauthor #collaboration #tenuretrack #PublishOrPerish
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1/8 My favorite #quote by #JosephStalin, which explains the scientific, #DialecticalMaterialist explanation of true freedom in material reality, not just as an abstract ideal. #StalinIsBack #StalinLives #JVStalin #Stalin #StalinQuote #StalinQuotes #Truth #MELS #MarxismLeninism
2/8 Having an #objective, #rational, #ScientificSocialist, #Dialectical, & #Materialist viewpoint allows us to accurately see & evaluate & analyze #Truth & #Reality as they truly materially exist in this universe.
3/8 An idealistic, dogmatic viewpoint, which capitalists have, however, makes one irrational enough to 'see' freedom where freedom stays trapped on a piece of paper while people are oppressed in their actual lived lives.
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I was thinking. There's probably a lot of #writers that really want to get involved in the #WritingCommunity , but maybe don't know how or feel a little lost. So I decided to create a little guide on Book Twitter to go over the basics for anyone who needs it! A thread.
Common writing age-group acronyms:
MG = Middle Grade
YA = Young Adult
NA = New Adult (you may see a little conflict over this topic, so be wary. To quickly summarize, it's an age group between YA and A that typically depicts people between 18 - 30)
A = Adult
Common writing terms:
Beta Reader = Someone who reads and gives you feedback on the early drafts of your story. They read bc they enjoy.
CP/Critique Partner = A partnership where you read their story and they read yours for feedback.
1st, 2nd (X)st draft = stages of editing
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There's been so much hype about #Zanzibar, but at the same time, a few people weren't particularly thrilled. Had to go find out for myself ,so some friends and I planned a trip. What I think? Top rating for beaches, good food, so much to see, history. Read this thread... #Travel
From #DaresSalaam, you have the options of flying or going by ferry to #Zanzibar. On the other hand, you could fly directly there. We spent a few days in Dar, then we went by ferry...it cost $35 per person for economy and $50 per person for VIP. We travelled in the VIP section.
It takes 1hr30mins to get to Zanzibar by ferry. It could take longer when it's turbulent. The hotel we stayed in was an hour away from stone town. We stayed in Nungwi which is North of Zanzibar. #Travel #Africa #Tanzania #holidays
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