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Announcing a new podcast!

How Reading Suspense Changes Your Brain

Tales from the Reject Pile

A new fiction podcast called “Tales from the Reject Pile” will release in January of 2019. This podcast will breathe new life into previously rejected short stories. Because every writer knows that a rejection doesn’t mean your story is bad. Maybe the editor had a bad taco that day. Maybe the moon wasn’t in the right phase. Either way, this podcast allows writers to showcase works from their reject pile, folder, drawer, or closet to a brand new audience— YOU!

We’ve already got some fascinating stories lined up for the show. Is yours next?

Our submissions are currently open. To apply, please send an email to contact@ditriemariebowie.com with your story and a copy of your rejection letter if one is available. (Don’t worry, we won’t read the letters on the show— it’s for proof of qualification. This show ONLY accepts rejects.)

Once the show is live, episodes and show notes will be posted right here. They will also be distributed via popular podcasting channels.

Please note that not every episode will be suitable for children, and the show notes will contain a complete list of content warnings as required. Listeners are encouraged to use their discretion.

We look forward to sharing these stories with you.

 

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5 Book Covers Featuring the Moon

Different phases of a lunar eclipse

Isn’t the moon lovely?

Different phases of a lunar eclipse

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If you’re reading this post from the Western Hemisphere right as it goes live at 6 a.m. (PST), drop what you’re doing if it’s safe to do so, and go look at the sky! Hopefully, you’ll catch the tail end of an incredible lunar event that only happens about once every one-hundred-fifty years: a Super Blue Blood moon. That’s THREE lunar events for the price of one. (Yeah, it’s still free. For now…)

But for anyone who’s not quite sure what all the fuss is about, here’s a quick primer:

Supermoon

What it is: When the moon is at the part of its orbit that brings it closest to Earth.

How it looks: From our vantage point, the moon will appear slightly larger than ordinary. You’ve probably observed this phenomenon before.

Blue Moon

What it is: The second full moon in a single month.

How it looks: Like a normal full moon.

Blood Moon

What it is: Unlike the ominous moniker, this is really a lunar eclipse.

How it looks: Earth’s shadow will gradually move over the surface of the moon. When Earth has completely eclipsed the moon, our celestial neighbor will take on a slightly reddish hue.

Got it? Sweet!

In honor of this once-in-a-lifetime event, I’ve dedicated this post to books with covers featuring every Earthling’s favorite natural satellite. And like today’s guest of honor, they balance pure simplicity and mesmerizing, sometimes even haunting, beauty.

 

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1. Seasons of the Moon

2. City Moon

3. The Girl Who Drank the Moon

4. Moon Spells

5. Huntress Moon

PS: Did you catch the lunar event? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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6 Epic Valentine’s Day Gifts

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts

These epic Valentine’s Day gifts are sure to make the bookworm in your life smile. Even if that bookworm is you. 🙂
6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts

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Whether you’re trying to find out what to do for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, this shortlist has a little bit of something for everyone. And don’t be surprised to find some baking tools on this list. After all… The quickest way to anyone's heart is dessert. Click To Tweet

Are you psyched and ready for the main course? Let’s dive in!

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts
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Confession: I am a book nerd. Most of these will involve bookish humor. I apologize for nothing. Here are my top 6 epic Valentine’s Day gift recommendations.

The Shirt


I bought the women’s version of this exact shirt a couple of years ago. Despite the capitalization and punctuation errors, this shirt still gives me a chuckle. Especially when I wear it out in public. The women’s size can run a little small, especially if you are well-endowed or have really big biceps. (Yeah, biceps. That’s my problem.) Two years in, and I’ve only just started dealing with the occasional loose thread.

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts

The Book


The title of this book made me giggle. Published in 2016, this book combines photographs with short captions, hashtags, and interviews. And, yes, every photograph features a man reading, hence the title: Hot Dudes Reading. 

The Mug(gle)s

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts
See what I did there? If you enjoy Harry Potter themed puns, you’ll love these sweet mugs. Oh, quidditch, you rascal, you. Did I mention this mug set includes free shipping?

The Card

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts
This card made me laugh out loud. Yes, I am the snorer in my relationship. (My poor husband.) This is designed by Marta over at Quqla Printables on Etsy. Her background is graphic design and book cover design, so her work is right at home on this blog. When you purchase this from her, be sure to leave her a review.

The Cookie Cutter

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts
People use the term cookie cutter to describe something plain and boring. But this cookie cutter is anything but that! With nested shapes like this, there’s so much room for creative variation with your tasty Valentine’s Day baking. Both this item and the next one are sold by an award-winning Canadian company called Golda’s Kitchen. Founded by passionate bakers who had a difficult time finding the proper equipment back in 1999, they now sell over 13,000 products. Plus they offer in-person baking classes and certifications. And speaking of learning about baking…

The Other Book

6 Epic Valentine's Day Gifts

That’s right. They also sell a handful of books, including this how-to called Gravity Cakes! If you like to bake and are looking for a challenge, these sculpted cakes are the way to go. This book features 45 different ones to choose from. Happy building baking!

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Make Your Shelfies More Zen With These 10 Minimalist Book Covers

10 Minimalist Book Cover Designs

Reduce visual clutter on your shelves by showcasing books with more muted and minimalist designs like these.

10 Minimalist Book Cover Designs

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Do you ever get stressed when there’s too much going on in a room? I know I do! Even without kinetic elements like children running around screaming, the visual elements of a space can add a great deal of clutter to our minds and make it difficult to concentrate.

If this sounds like you, something as simple as reducing the number of patterns, lines, shapes, etc. in a space can really alleviate some of that visual tension. With that in mind, here are some book covers that have a lot less “going on” than standard book cover design.

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

2. Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

3. 1984

4. Long Day’s Journey Into Night

5. Evicted: Property and Profit in the American City

6. Sourdough

7. Artemis

8. Manhattan Beach

9. The Power

10. Who is Rich?

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10 Beautiful Book Covers

10 Beautiful Book Covers

These beautiful book covers caught my eye.

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If you’re looking for inspiration on some beautiful cover design, you’re in the right place. Feast your eyes on these book covers and their creative use of form, typography, color, and pattern to tell their stories.

1. Holding Up the Universe


2. The Midnight Star


3. History Is All You Left Me


4. Caraval


5. Carry On


6. All the Bright Places


7. Every Last Word


8. American Street


9. The Upside of Unrequited


10. Eliza and Her Monsters

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10 Coffee Mugs to Get You Through Those New Year’s Resolutions

10 Coffee Mugs to Get You Through Those New Year's Resolutions

These coffee mugs are pretty hilarious.

10 Funny Mugs to Give the Coffee Lover in Your Life
10 Hilarious Mugs to Perk You Up in the Morning

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We’re already 5 days into the New Year, and some of your energy might be starting to lag. Maybe you overdid it those first few days. Or maybe you set impossibly big goals. Whatever the case, it’s okay to take a step back, take a deep breath, and reevaluate. Whether your resolution is to exercise more, volunteer regularly in your community, or keep the laundry from collecting on the floor (hey, we’ve all been there at some point), nothing can propel you through your daily tasks quite like coffee can.

Coffee is Basically Creativity Juice

The legendary drink was allegedly discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. Apparently, he noticed the goats got super duper hyper and amped up when they ate certain berries and couldn’t go back to sleep at night. According to the U.S. National Coffee Association, the wonder brew spread across the Arabian peninsula over the centuries, eventually reaching Europe by the 17th century. Shortly thereafter, Europe entered the Age of Enlightenment. Coincidence? I think not.

Fun fact: Johann Sebastian Bach was a huge coffee aficionado; he even wrote a cantata about it. He’s also one of the most prolific composers of his era. (I used to be a music teacher. Can you tell?)

So, if you want to be prolific, productive, and energized, coffee is your best friend. And you’ll need something to drink that energy elixir out of. Sure, you could use a paper cup or a plain ceramic mug. But why not add some fun to your day with one of these hilarious coffee mugs?

Whether you purchase them for yourself or for a friend who might need a boost, these funny coffee mugs are sure to please.

1. The Prescription Coffee Mug


2. “High-Five” Mug


3. Expert Advice


4. Grammar Humor


5. Mood Mug


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10 Lush Green Book Covers

10 Lush Green Book Covers

Green is such a lush and refreshing color, don’t you think?

10 Lush Green Book Covers

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The smell of freshly cut grass. Rosemary, oregano, thyme. The way the light filters through leaves on a bright, sunny day. Green is the color of nourishment and new growth. So, feed your mind and balance out your shelfies with these lush green book covers.

1. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life


2. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty


3. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet


4. A Lady Awakened


5. Lost Memory of Skin


6. Alice, I Think


7. Darkest Hour


8. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here

9.Frabbles

10.The Beautiful Ones

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10 Vibrant Orange Book Covers

10 Vibrant Orange Book Covers

These vibrant covers practically leap off the shelves.

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From tinges in the sunset to the citrus tang of everyone’s favorite breakfast juice, orange is a central part of our daily lives. It whispers of promise, of hope, and of vibrant life. From the ferocity of a tiger to the fluttering of the humble monarch butterfly, orange is highly versatile. Here are some vibrant orange book covers sure to add some zest to your shelfies.

1. A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)


2. Fated


3. Walkaway

4. Bright Side

5. The Martian


6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

7. Stay With Me

8. Huck Out West

9. I Was Told to Come Alone


10. A Mango-Shaped Space

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10 Electric Yellow Book Covers

These yellow book covers are electrifying.

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Yellow makes a bold statement. It stands out in a drab and dreary world. In the gray of winter, it can bring us a splash of sunshine and warmth. Bring this vibrant and powerful color to your bookshelves to brighten up your shelfies.

1. A Brief History of Seven Killings


2. Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook

3. The Seven Good Years: A Memoir

4. Gold Fame Citrus

5. Swing Time

6. Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

7. The Rest is Weight

8. Lost City Radio

9. Judge This

10. A Horse Walks into a Bar


What did you think of this list? Which covers did you love? Were there any that you disliked? Let me know in the comments below!

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