Writer Notes on Walter Tevis’ The Queen’s Gambit

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/The Queen’s Gambit. Most people know it today, or first think of it, as the wildly successful Netflix series. However, it came from a novel by Walter Tevis, with the author worth mentioning because there are numerous “Queen’s Gambit” novels out there. Some are quite recent, as if to fool potential buyers into buying, or at least having a look to give it a chance. That’s how desperate achieving literary has become today.

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A Self-Study of a Contest’s Winning Modern Poetry Entries

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/A few weeks back, I was able to share a short poem I had written this year that didn’t fare well in a local poetry competition, with anticipation of seeing the finalists and/or winning entries so I can “self-study” them as one more of many attempts to “get” modern poetry. Well, I got them and have shared them below, along with some self-study notes.

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A 50 Minute 10K Running Book

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/I recently finished listening to the audiobook What I Talk About When I Talk About Runningby Haruki Murakami. I don’t know how to write a proper book review, nor do I actually care to know, to be honest. However, I thought I’d write my impressions of it for consideration of writing such a book myself, having been a runner for almost 25 years now, and not shy to writing collections of vignettes. I didn’t keep great notes during those years, not even racing stats, but I’ve just started a new phase of running where I am running differently, and have technology for it like never before in the form of a Garmin. So perhaps I can write that running book, a sequel to a book I had never written, with some flashbacks to what would have been in that prequel. That’s possible, is it not?

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March Madness Drove Me Mad This Year

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Back on March 19th, I wrote about some ways which I processed some NCAA Men’s Basketball data to make predictions for the crazy March Madness tournament, bragging about how well I had done with my analysis most years, beating former President Obama’s Barackets almost all the time, and all. Well, it seems I had really jinxed myself because this year’s March Madness results were so unpredictable that just picking by tournament seedings exactly as they were landed you in the top ten percentile! In other years, you’d be about middle of the pack. That’s because the upsets this year were so generally unpredictable that those looking to find upsets often got stung by getting many wrong, but then also stung by getting many expected winners wrong! Double-whammy, if you will!

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Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for It Ain’t Me Babe, by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

The printable guitar and ukulele tab PDFs below work for many versions of this Bob Dylan classic because they’re rather similar except for speed, phrasing and accompaniment.

The most famous versions of this song are between Bob Dylan’s original* and Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s swingin’ country jig version.

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