The Dictionarium

Flickr: The Dictionarium – In contemporary usage, a place for those obsessive types who collect or take pictures of dictionaries of all shapes, sizes, types and linguistic predilections.

Not something I have thought to do. But, I do actually have a photo of my dictionary. I took the photo because I had a pressed flower in the pages and it was really, very flat after several years. I had taken the flower from our garden after I came home from traveling and was told my cat, Rosie, had been killed. I wanted a photo of the flower, as it was in the dictionary, so I would still remember my little cat.

Why would you take a photo of a book, other than for a book review?

Book Blogger Appreciation Week


Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.

The first Book Blogger Appreciation was observed in the fall of 2008 and occurs every September. The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. Book Bloggers are encouraged to register their participation for inclusion in a database of book bloggers.

Found this site from a post on The Gatekeepers Post.

Blog Book Tour

A blog book tour is a virtual book promotion done through weblogs and social media.

Bloggers are asked to make posts about the book on tour. The posts usually contain links to the author and a place where the book is available for purchase. Some posts are author interviews, information on the book’s topic or a straight forward book review (if you were able to read it ahead of time). The more creative and interesting the post the more likely it will stand out and give your blog extra promotion through the book tour. Bloggers may get a review copy of the book.

Although the blog tour is not new online it is still a new concept to many writers. You might hire a blog book tour service or do it yourself. As a blogger you can contact the tour services and offer yourself/ your blog to host a tour.

I’ve done it from the side of the blogger, once, in my personal blog. I didn’t have to do very much. Just make sure I had the post ready to go on the right day with all the right links and formatting. The writer did the real work, including approaching me with the idea, offering me ideas to post and making sure I did post something on the day I was scheduled to post.

Blog Book Tour Services:

ARC Tours depend on bloggers reviewing an author review copy (ARC) of the book and then sending it on to the next person/ blogger to review it. This leaves a lot of time between reviews and it is pretty easy for a tour to be blocked when a book fails to appear at the next destination. They are also limited by mailing distance, the cost of shipping the book to international locations. However, partly because of these things, the ARC blog tour is free or fairly cheap for an author to use in promoting their book.

A Vintage Burlesque Star

Renee Andre claims to be one of the first strippers to have a breast enlargement. It almost killed her. I read this in a book review (Chatelaine magazine) for Pretty Things, about burlesque queens and vintage glamour shots, by Liz Goldwyn.

I couldn’t find anything about Renee Andre, just mentions of her in regards to other burlesque stars and movies. I thought that’s kind of sad.

So, invent her life. Who was she from her humble beginnings, through her torrid youth and on into her creaky old age? Write up a biography for a vintage burlesque star.

The Burlesque Women’s Institute

The Burlesque Guide

Toronto Burlesque Festival

Glossary of  New Burlesque (from the BBC News article)

  • Neo-Burlesque: A wide range of performance styles, from classic striptease to modern dance, from satirical comedy to theatrical mini-dramas.
  • American Burlesque: Originated in 19th Century music hall entertainment. In the early 20th Century it re-emerged as a populist blend of comedy, theatre and striptease.
  • Male Burlesque: Acts who have become popular in recent years include Bearlesque and the Dream Bears.
  • Guerrilla Burlesque: When a burlesque act happens spontaneously at a show, or when burlesque performers descend upon a show uninvited.