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American Idol for writers?  Skrawl – a brand new world of collaborative storytelling…

American Idol for writers? Skrawl – a brand new world of collaborative storytelling…

January 12, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Occasionally I get contacted by over excited people who want to share something totally awesome and new with me that will make everyone a lot of money. Since I am trying to keep this site indie and clean I usually say no.  But every once in a while, there is actually something cool that I […]

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Anyone else taking the Goodreads 2016 challenge?

Anyone else taking the Goodreads 2016 challenge?

January 6, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Part of being a good writer is being a good reader. Goodreads is having a challenge, where you pledge how many books you are going to read. I did it last year but forgot to register my books. I am vowing to do better this year, but have kept my goal low since I really […]

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Got unwanted gifts? German machine vends books in exchange for unwanted presents

Got unwanted gifts? German machine vends books in exchange for unwanted presents

January 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

TheBookseller.com has the scoop about those clever Germans. Trade in unwanted presents for books! I wish there was one near me! ~ * ~ German trade publisher Bastei Lübbe and book retailer Hugendubel have come up with an unusual idea to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents. The companies have invented a vending machine (pictured […]

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Guillermo del Toro’s deluxe Cabinet of Curiosities will make fanboys (and girls) swoon

Guillermo del Toro’s deluxe Cabinet of Curiosities will make fanboys (and girls) swoon

January 3, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

I won’t lie. I love Guillermo del Toro. His body of work is always such visual candy.  So today’s offering comes from BoingBoing, where Richard Kaufman unveils Guillermo del Toro’s deluxe Cabinet of Curiosities! Now I wish I hadn’t spent all my Christmas money.  ~ * ~ Guillermo del Toro’s deluxe Cabinet of Curiosities will make […]

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Happy Holidays & A Wonderful New Year – What is Figgy Pudding?

Happy Holidays & A Wonderful New Year – What is Figgy Pudding?

December 24, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

CoolBlindCat will be off until Jan 3, 2016. Hoping you have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you again next year! Until then here is a podcast and post on Figgy Pudding from NPR. ~ * ~ ‘Oh, Bring Us Some … ‘ Wait. What Is Figgy Pudding?   This holiday season, one […]

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Where the Wild Books Are

Where the Wild Books Are

December 23, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Ever dreamed of going to a yard sale and finding a rare treasure worth a lot of money? Ben Marks explores the world of rare books on the Collectors Weekly website. ~ * ~ Needle-in-a-haystack stories are the caffeine of collecting. Who hasn’t heard a tale of someone finding a rare toy at a garage […]

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“A Christmas Carol” read by Neil Gaiman

“A Christmas Carol” read by Neil Gaiman

December 21, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Today’s we have a special treat for the holidays. The New York Public Library offers a special reading of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” by Neil Gaiman, using Dicken’s personal copy and notes. ~ * ~ Even huge Charles Dickens fans may not know that A Christmas Carol is organized in five stanza-like sections called “staves.” They […]

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