backstairs

adjective

: secret, furtive; also : sordid, scandalous

Examples

The article accuses the influential Washington lobbyist of having been involved in a number of backstairs deals to limit regulation of financial institutions. 

"During the protracted balloting—it went four rounds before Jackson was declared the winner—backstairs talks began, aimed at stopping Jackson, according to operatives.” —Jeff E. Schapiro,Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia), May 22, 2013

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Having your story planned out

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…but not being sure if you’re ready to start:
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10 Short Story Competitions To Enter Before The End Of 2014 

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Do you like writing short stories? Last year we came up with a popular post, titled 10 brilliant reasons to write short stories. Now we’ve listed 10 Short Story Competitions that are still open for entries this year.

  1. Short Sharp Stories - Incredible Journey - Enter by 30 November 2014

  2. 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - Enter by 15 November 2014

  3. TechSmart Gigabyte South African Sci-Fi Short Story Competition - Enter by 31 October 2014

  4. The Nova Short Story Competition - Enter by 30 September 2014

  5. Black Pear Press Short Story Competition! - Enter by 26 September 2014

  6. Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition - Enter by 17 November 2014

  7. Hackney Literary Award for Short Stories - Enter by 30 November 2014

  8. The Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition 2014 - Enter by 31 October 2014

  9. The Fish Short Story Prize - Enter by 30 November 2014

  10. InkTears International Short Story Competition 2014 - Enter by 30 November 2014

If you’re looking for inspiration, read our Top 20 Short Story Quotes

If you want to learn how to write a great short story, join Writers Write for Short Cuts on 5 October 2014 in Johannesburg.

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I believed this would be beneficial for people researching for school papers, in college, for writing, and so on. This guide is mainly directed towards people who can access a College or University’s library systems because that is what I am most familiar with. However, this should help other people in a few places. 

The basic steps of research are:

  • choose a topic
  • narrow your focus within that topic
  • choose your thesis (if your thesis was not given as part of your assignment)

When you have a subject to research, then you can begin.

The above images describe how to run an efficient google search, and how to read Library of Congress system call numbers. When attempting to find a book within a research or university library in the United States, knowing the general set-up of the LOC system is invaluable.

When in doubt: Ask a Librarian. Having worked within a Library’s special collections & archives, I’ve both helped people find some pretty obscure things, and asked other librarians for help on equally obscure research. Librarians are trained to be able to help people research, find, and retrieve information. Their degrees are library and information sciences — and many academic librarians are specialized. They are familiar with things you may not be — finding things on microfilm, or special collections works, finding obscure keywords, running a variety of database searches, etc. 

If something cannot be found through your institution’s library, check the ILL (Interlibrary Loan - info here)

This is an incomplete guide, but a nice starting point. 

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If someone wanted to be a runner, you don’t tell them to think about running, you tell them to run. And the same simple idea applies to writing.

 - Markus Zusak (via maxkirin)
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Hello lovely followers!

Sorry for the lack of weeklypokes and other content posts, we’re reworking the schedule and the blog structure and looking for more topics that we haven’t yet covered! We’ve got another guest article coming up for you and more funprompts, so stay tuned!

Plus, NaNo is coming up soon… anyone participating?

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abscond

verb

: to depart secretly and hide oneself

Examples

Before anyone could catch on to the fact that Roger was embezzling funds from the company, he had absconded to Mexico with over $100,000. 

"Turns out that if you get caught gatecrashing a White House state dinner with your wife, after which said wife absconds with the guitarist from Journey, who you wrongly accuse of kidnapping her, it tends to stick in people’s minds." —Marianna Garvey, Brian Niemietz and Oli Coleman, The Daily News (New York), June 2, 2014

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Guide: How Criminal Trials Work in the United States

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prompt

You are doodling in class when suddenly there is a flash of light and your doodle comes to life. What happens next?

If you’d like to show us what you’re written, we would love to see it! You can tag it as #funprompt or email us at writersyoga@gmail.com or submit it to us.

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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature    

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The Classics

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Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.

The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.

Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.

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The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.

Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.

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Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology.

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Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.

Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks likeElementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.

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For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.

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Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.

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From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.

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Plays: Read PygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.

Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”

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These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more.

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Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.

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The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.

Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.

John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.

SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.

Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.

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For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.

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KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.

Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.

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Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.

Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.

CELT: CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” features important historical literature and documents.

Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.

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Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.

LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.

The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.

Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.

Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.

Most Popular History Books: Free titles include Seven Days and Seven Nights by Alexander Szegedy and Autobiography of a Female Slave by Martha G. Browne.

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Look for rare books online here.

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This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.

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These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.

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Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.

Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.

Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.

QuotesandPoem.com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.

CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.

PinkPoem.com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.

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For even more free book sites, check out this list.

Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.

World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.

DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.

A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.

Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.

ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.

Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.

Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.


These are my favourite kinds of posts.