September 4, 2015

Dear Readers,

Cecile’s Writers Magazine continues to grow and demands more of our time and attention. We are happy with the progress there and are working hard to ensure writers get the maximum attention we can afford to offer them so that their stories are published with us. Stay tuned for new developments and features in the near future.

We will continue to update this blog, but it will not be as frequently as we would like it to be. Thank you for your continued support and interest in both our Magazine and blog.

CW team.

June 23, 2015

Things You Can Do to Books Besides Reading Them

Like most fellow book readers, my read books end up on my bookcase waiting there to be reread again.  Yet there’s always this small pile of books that I don;t plan on rereading, and that no one wants.  I’ve had friends browse through them; I’ve posted them on the Dutch version of Amazon – Marktplaats – but without any luck; I’ve even tried the secondhand bookshop and they didn’t want them.  They did offer their bin to dispose of them, but that was just too big a step to take.   Now they’re waiting in a huge blue bag underneath the bed, for their final destination, whatever that may be.

So what to do with books that are no longer wanted?  I shouldn’t have been surprised, yet I was, when I learned that there’s a whole arsenal of possibilities.

Books as purses for keys and phones

Now this one isn’t for me.  Not because of what it does to the books, but because I’m not a clutch kind of person.  I tend to lose things.  I’m bound to put these things in a most sensible place, but I’ll end up forgetting where that place is.  Nevertheless, if I would need one, I think turning a book into a clutch is rather neat idea.

 

Book clutch

Book pot evergreens

I love gardens.  I’m not too keen on keeping plants myself, since they don’t often survive my forgetting to water them.  But I do enjoy walking through gardens, and since I don’t have a garden, I currently make do with a roof terrace.  So these book pots are probably better suited for the indoors only, after all, they are still books. For instructions on how to make these see HGTV

Book plant

Book and plants

Other fun alternative things that can be made with books was compiled into a nice video by TopTenz

~

Cecile

June 17, 2015

Alternative Bookcases

Wandering around is something I do a lot in cities or gardens, but also on the internet.  I start out by looking for specific information, like a suitable name, and if I like it, I check what kind of associations there are.  I open a new screen and see what kind of hits I get searching on the name.  Before I can help myself, I’m reading myths, etymologies, dictionary entries… until I find myself taking quizzes on words no-one is very likely going to use.

Today, my search had to do with books; so for a change, I hadn’t been redirected to countless unrelated topics.  Although I wasn’t particularly looking for alternative bookcases, some caught my attention and I wanted to share them.

My favourites:

1) Invisible bookcase 1

Designer: Professor Neil Barron

This one can actually be purchased.

2) Invisble bookcase 2

Designer: Miron Lior

3) What’s next?

Designer: Mebrure Oral

4) I will, I promise

Designers: Eva Alessandrini & Roberto Saporiti

5) Math lovers

Designer: Marcos Breder

6) Cat lovers

Designer: Corentin Dombrecht

Designer: Corentin Dombrecht

7) Hang on

Designers: Agusta Magnusdottir & Gustav Johannsson

Designers: Agusta Magnusdottir & Gustav Johannsson

Numbers 2-7  are my favourites that I found in the collection boredpanda offered.  To see their entire list of alternative bookcases, see their website.

I found one more:

8) The Floating Bookcase  

Designers: Raw Edges

Designers: Raw Edges

It doesn’t save much space, but it’s an eyecatcher. And perhaps dust catcher, too.

~

Cecile

June 15, 2015

The Innumerable Stories Behind an Infinite Number of Numbers

I know many of us writers are afraid of numbers.  We work and play with words, while numbers are for mathematicians, computer geeks and bankers.  But did you know that numbers can hold entire stories?

Apparently, this is clear in people with Aphasia, a language disorder that is often caused by a brain trauma and affects their ability to read numbers.  Sometimes they also lose the ability to recognise numbers unless they remember a personal story behind it, i.e. there is a contextual relevance.  For example, a man was unable to say the number 505, but he was able to say the number 504 because his first rally car was a Peugeot 504.  This got me thinking to how certain numbers in our lives carry with them certain stories that only we know about.

This video explains it all much better.  True, it’s a bit long, but Dr. Sarah Wiseman from UCL explains it really well, and it’s great for writers to see the story significance of numbers.

 

Vanessa

June 12, 2015

Amazing Project: Tree Book Tree

What an awesome concept: books that can be planted after they are read (or, more realistically, no longer wanted) and they will grow into trees!

 

 

Samir

May 31, 2015

6th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Flavours of the World

Our sixth edition takes us from Africa to Japan…

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May 15, 2015

Do Bilinguals Have Two Minds?

I’ve often felt that I act, think and even feel differently depending on the language I speak.  I’ve often heard from other bilinguals that they feel this way.  Recent research, published in the March edition of Psychological Science, suggests that there really is something to it.

British, German and Swedish researchers – linguists and psychologists – immersed themselves on the question of how language influences the brain.  Does a German speaking person have a different take on reality than an English speaking person?  And does that world change when switching from German to English?  The researchers found that, yes, language does determine how you see and interpret events.

An example of this is given on the website – The Conversation:

“We showed German-English bilinguals video clips of events with a motion in them, such as a woman walking towards a car or a man cycling towards the supermarket and then asked them to describe the scenes.

“When you give a scene like that to a monolingual German speaker they will tend to describe the action but also the goal of the action.  So they would tend to say “A woman walks towards her car” or “a man cycles towards the supermarket.”  English monolingual speakers would simply describe those scenes as “A woman is walking” or “a man is cycling”, without mentioning the goal of the action.

“The worldview assumed by German speakers is a holistic one – they tend to look at the event as a whole – whereas English speakers tend to zoom in on the event and focus only on the action.  (…) When it came to bilingual speakers, they seemed to switch between these perspectives based on the language context they were given the task in.”

You can read the entire article on: How the language you speak changes your view of the world.

As a writer, my next question is:  If a bilingual writer has a story idea, would the story end up completely different in plot, characters and all that, depending on the language they decide to write it in?

Vanessa

May 8, 2015

Crazy Language

This made me smile. Hope you’ll enjoy it too.

 

~Cecile

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