Article: 19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 6:34 am on Sunday, June 29, 2014

My most recent article for Mental Floss is 19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors.

Click to hear recordings of Hemingway (he’s drunk!), F Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O’Connor, Virginia Woolf, and many more.

Article: 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘Little Women’

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 1:02 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2014


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Did you check out my latest in Mental Floss? It’s called 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘Little Women.’

Here’s my favorite fact:


2. Little Women took only ten weeks to write.

Alcott began the book in May 1868. She worked on it day and night, becoming so consumed with it that she sometimes forgot to eat or sleep. On July 15, she sent all 402 pages to her editor. In September, a mere four months after starting the book, Little Women was published. It became an instant best seller and turned Alcott into a rich and famous woman.

And, unlike Robert Louis Stevenson, she didn’t even use cocaine!

Read 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘Little Women.’

Articles: Birds In Mental Floss

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:50 am on Thursday, May 1, 2014

My articles for Mental Floss this month were about birds! Check it out:

10 Weird and Wonderful Bird Nests

Annnnnnd:

9 Bizarre Bird Mating Rituals

Article Redux: 5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 7:15 am on Friday, March 21, 2014

Writer’s Digest posted an article I wrote that originally appeared in the magazine: 5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers. A sample:

I was 16 when I visited the cabin where Mark Twain wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” the short story that launched his career. It left such an impression on me that I began seeking out other literary landmarks. By now, I’ve been to all the famous places, such as Thoreau’s Walden Pond and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, as well as lesser-known gems, like Jack London’s ranch (pictured at right).

Every time I visit a site, I leave inspired to return to my own work. Somehow, seeing the typewriters these legends worked on, the beds they slept in and the views they gazed upon makes writing seem less mysterious, more tangible. At home, every famous writer was just another person who, like me, worked on his craft every day.

Read 5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers.

Article: 10 Surprising Facts About Archie Comics

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 6:58 am on Friday, March 21, 2014

I have a new article with Mental Floss: 10 Surprising Facts About Archie Comics.

Remember that time Archie was a superhero called Captain Pureheart? Remember the Archie Andrews radio show? Remember that time Archie was used to piss off The Monkees? Remember Archie Christian comics?

You don’t? Read on.

Article: 9 Controversial Experiments In Rewilding

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 8:29 am on Thursday, February 20, 2014

I have a new article up at Mental Floss called 9 Controversial Experiments In Rewilding. Excerpt:

Strange as it is to imagine, at one point lions roamed Europe, horses galloped over Spain, and jaguars prowled parts of the United States. The reason these animals died out wasn’t climate change, but humans hunting or destroying their territory.

Rewilding is an effort to bring species back to their native habitats, even if they haven’t lived there for thousands of years. The idea isn’t just to preserve an ecosystem, but to go back in time.

Read about wolves in Yellowstone National Park, wild Mongolian horses, and Jaguars in Mexico HERE.

I Was Interviewed

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 8:23 am on Thursday, February 20, 2014

AdviceToWriters interviewed me about being a writer. How nice! Here’s a sample of the interview:

What’s your advice to new writers?

Learn to love discipline. Set up a schedule for yourself—a word count to hit, an amount of time at the keyboard each day—and make it a priority in your life.

What else did I say? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!

Article: 10 Priceless Smithsonian Artifacts You Can Print At Home

Filed under: Joy's Work — Administrator at 9:23 am on Thursday, February 6, 2014


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My latest article at Mental Floss is pretty cool. The Smithsonian has been scanning artifacts and putting 3D models online that you can print out on your printer.

Print out a Wooly Mammoth skeleton or Abraham Lincoln’s face!

Read 10 Priceless Smithsonian Artifacts You Can Print At Home.

Edit Your Novel With Math In McSweeneys

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 9:29 am on Monday, January 6, 2014

I have a short humor piece in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. It’s called Edit Your Novel With Math. A sample:

With scissors, cut out all unique words used in the novel. Put these words in a bowl of water for three minutes. Words that do not float should be removed from the text immediately.

I’m excited about this one. I’m a big fan of McSweeneys.

CLICK TO READ EDIT YOUR NOVEL WITH MATH.

Article: What Was On The First Christmas Menu?

Filed under: Joy's Work — joy at 8:30 am on Monday, December 23, 2013

My newest article in Mental Floss is 39 Dishes from the First Christmas Menu, Published in 1660.

If the thought of planning Christmas dinner makes you nervous, be glad you weren’t born in the Renaissance. The earliest known published Christmas menu includes pork, beef, goose, lark, pheasant, venison, oysters, swan, woodcock, and “a kid with a pudding in his belly.”

Included within, Swan Pie:

Larding:

Jellies:

And more!

Read The Rest Here.

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