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The 101 Rules You Need to Know *but no one has ever told you You already have a million writing books. You know the principles, the lectures, the "expert" techniques. And you've discovered that sometimes tried-and-true just equals tired. In Robert's Rules of Writing, successful author Robert Masello stomps out status quo writing advice and delivers 101 uninhibited techniques to improve your writing that include: Burn your journal (See rule 1) Strip down to your briefs (See rule 38) Spend time gossiping (See rule 61) Buy the smoking jacket (See rule 56) Skip the Starbucks (See rule 7) De-claim! De-claim! (See rule 63) Whether you're a fiction writer, freelancer, memoirist, or screenwriter, Robert's Rules of Writing gives you the unorthodox advice to transform your writing life and get published!
The ultimate guide to gourmet cupcakes, featuring grown-up flavors (figs! whiskey! fried chicken!) and the delicious story of a family saved by a love of sweets No food coloring. No fondant. No red velvet. Upscale bakery Robicelli's has become a buzzed-about, in-demand purveyor of decidedly adult cupcakes. Nixing cutesy, pastel-colored dollops of fluff for real ingredients and rich French buttercreams, the husband and wife team have reinvented the cupcake craze for a more sophisticated palate, making each a small piece of the greatest cake ever made. Now their extraordinary recipes are available to the home cook. Now their extraordinary recipes are available to the home cook, including: The Laurenzano (fresh fig cake topped with goat cheese buttercream, fig balsamic gastrique, and crisp prosciutto flakes) The Brooklyn Blackout Cake (chocolate cake with chocolate custard buttercream, dipped in homemade fudge and rolled in chocolate cake crumbs) This book captures not only the Robicelli's unique take on baking but also their edgy, unapologetically hilarious take on life, including how they survived severe economic setbacks to launch the country's hottest cupcake brand- a venture begun with thirty dollars in borrowed quarters. Offering both cupcake recipes and a recipe for life that calls for a stash of "emergency cake," Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes is a baking book like you've never seen before. .
At twenty-years-old, Robin MacKenzie is waiting for his life to start. Waiting until his summer working at a Philly restaurant is over and he's back with his boyfriend Peter. . .until the spring semester when he'll travel to London for an acting program. . .until the moment when the confidence he fakes starts to feel real."Engaging. . .capturing intimately the mood of the period." -Publishers WeeklyThen, one hot June weekend, Robin gets dumped by his boyfriend and quickly hits the road with his best friend George to find his teenaged sister, Ruby, who's vanished from a party at the Jersey Shore. "A fresh, eloquent perspective to the oft-writ story of sexual and romantic coming of age." -Book MarksBut Ruby is on an adventure of her own, dressing in black, declaring herself an atheist, pulling away from the boyfriend she doesn't love--not the way she loves the bands whose fractured songs are the soundtrack to her life. Then a chance encounter puts Ruby in pursuit of a seductive but troubled boy who might be the key to her happiness, or a disaster waiting to happen. Now as their paths converge, Ruby and Robin will confront the sadness of their shared past and rebuild the bonds that still run deep. . ."Lush. . .bittersweet. . .two characters who gleefully leap off the page." -Bay Area Reporter
For the first time in paperback, a new solo novel by a fantasy great. Set in the same world as Bardic Voices, Book I: The Lark and the Wren, this fantasy novel is "deft and readable . . . as lively as one might wish, and the reappearances of the Skull Hill Ghost from The Lark and the Wren are especially well-rendered" (Dragon).
Sir Guy rushed Marian. He wore fine chain mail to the wrist and heavy horsehide gloves. He fended the woman back with his sword, then lashed out with his fist and hit her in the jaw, caught her by her black hair, yanked her forward and cuffed her again. "Marian Fitzooth," he breathed in her face, "it's over. Your husband is led astray. Your home burns. The children in the woods are dead. And you are mine!" Marian glared hatred in the wild torchlight as she felt underneath her for a dagger. The lord gestured with his chin to the cowed women and child and the sick man on the bed. "Kill them." The author of this book donated a digital copy to Bookshare.org. Join us in thanking Clayton Emery for providing his accessible digital book to this community.
200 time-saving recipes from bestselling cookbook author and Food Network celebrity chef Robin Miller that allow you to "Quick Fix It" your way to get home-cooked meals on the table every night, no matter what your schedule. "Robin to the Rescue" contains recipes organized by course/main ingredient so you can find recipes for what you're in the mood for fast. For ease of planning, each recipe says how long it will take to prep, active cooking time, and walk-away time (the time a dish can be left to cook without your supervision). A new feature for this book will be that each recipe will allow you to Quick Fix it your way, namely it will tell you how a particular recipe can be turned into a Meal Kit; prepared in a slow cooker; doubled up so you can bank a batch in your freezer for nights when you have no time for meal preparation at all, aside from pushing buttons on the microwave; and/or morphed into another meal you can enjoy later in the week. "Robin to the Rescue" is a uniquely versatile book, allowing the reader to tailor recipe prep to her own particular needs.
This book contains profanity and some descriptions of medical consequences of sexual encounters. Scottish author Andy Dougan holds Robin Williams in high esteem as he demonstrates in this unauthorized biography of one of America's best loved comedians. Through his interviews with Robin Williams, interviews with his friends and colleagues and extensive quotes of interviews Mr. Williams has given to Playboy and People magazines, nearly half of this biography is in Williams' own words. Beginning with the first manifestations of the humor the lonely only child used to exchange with his often absent mother, to the humor that deflected bullies at school, to the humor he used to ease the tension in his acting classes at Julliard to the humor that won the heart of America in Mork and Mindy and Good Morning Vietnam, Dougan traces Williams development from a self absorbed loner to a manic, substance abusing, womanizing actor/comedian who was too insecure to listen to the silence. Dougan traces Robin Williams's growing maturity through his first serious romance, through his first marriage where he was at the same time needy and unfaithful, to his second marriage where he had come to treasure family life. Williams set out to be a serious actor, but it was his irrepressible, spontaneous, train of thought and associative humor which captured the attention of professionals and public alike in stand-up comedy clubs and on television. Williams has made many films, often choosing challenging roles rather than parts sure to break records at the box office. In this biography you will make the journey with him through desperate depression and addiction, failed projects and disappointments to the films which have made him proud and showcased his talent as a comedian as in Mrs. Doubtfire and his serious acting abilities in Awakenings, and his ability to entertain children like his own in Aladdin. The pages are full of Hollywood background material and trivia and the author's pleasant style, fair minded approach and forward momentum will hold any reader's interest. The extensive filmography, list of Williams' top ten grossing movies at the box office, list of sources by chapter and complete index are included and have been carefully checked.
Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) trained for the ministry, became a political journalist, and finally, to many, became "the father of the English novel." He is also the author of Moll Flanders.
Aimed at young readers, this adventure-themed collection of adapted classic books will entertain youngsters with characters and storylines that seek to foster their love for reading.
The narrative of George R. Tweed, a navy man who survived on Japan-held Guam for two and a half years during World War II.
Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was the first of the great American modernist poets."No poet ever understood loneliness and separateness better than Robinson," James Dickey has observed. Robinson's lyric poems illuminate the hearts and minds of the most unlikely subjects--the downtrodden, the bereft, and the misunderstood. Even while writing in meter and rhyme, he used everyday language with unprecedented power, wit, and sensitivity. With his keen understanding of ordinary people and a gift for harnessing the rhythms of conversational speech, Robinson created the vivid character portraits for which he is best known, among them "Aunt Imogen," "Isaac and Archibald," "Miniver Cheevy," and "Richard Cory." Most of his poems are set in the fictive Tilbury Town--based on his boyhood home of Gardiner, Maine--but his work reaches far beyond its particular locality in its focus on struggle and redemption in human experience.
Discover what robots can do and how they workFind out how to build your own robot and program it to perform tasksReady to enter the robot world? This book is your passport! It walks you through building your very own little metal assistant from a kit, dressing it up, giving it a brain, programming it to do things, even making it talk. Along the way, you'll gather some tidbits about robot history, enthusiasts' groups, and more.The Dummies Way* Explanations in plain English* "Get in, get out" information* Icons and other navigational aids* Tear-out cheat sheet* Top ten lists* A dash of humor and fun
Robot Dreams spans the body of Asimov's fiction from the 1940s to the mid-80s, and features classic Asimovian themes, from the scientific puzzle to the extraterrestrial thriller, all introduced in an exclusive essay written especially for this collection.
Robots today serve in many roles, from entertainer to educator to executioner. As robotics technology advances, ethical concerns become more pressing: Should robots be programmed to follow a code of ethics, if this is even possible? Are there risks in forming emotional bonds with robots? How might society--and ethics--change with robotics? This volume is the first book to bring together prominent scholars and experts from both science and the humanities to explore these and other questions in this emerging field. Starting with an overview of the issues and relevant ethical theories, the topics flow naturally from the possibility of programming robot ethics to the ethical use of military robots in war to legal and policy questions, including liability and privacy concerns. The contributors then turn to human-robot emotional relationships, examining the ethical implications of robots as sexual partners, caregivers, and servants. Finally, they explore the possibility that robots, whether biological-computational hybrids or pure machines, should be given rights or moral consideration. Ethics is often slow to catch up with technological developments. This authoritative and accessible volume fills a gap in both scholarly literature and policy discussion, offering an impressive collection of expert analyses of the most crucial topics in this increasingly important field.
With robots, we are inventing a new species that is part material and part digital. The ambition of modern robotics goes beyond copying humans, beyond the effort to make walking,talking androids that are indistinguishable from people. Future robots will have superhumanabilities in both the physical and digital realms. They will be embedded in our physical spaces,with the ability to go where we cannot, and will have minds of their own, thanks to artificialintelligence. They will be fully connected to the digital world, far better at carrying out onlinetasks than we are. In Robot Futures, the roboticist Illah Reza Nourbakhshconsiders how we will share our world with these creatures, and how our society could change as itincorporates a race of stronger, smarter beings. Nourbakhsh imagines a future that includes adbotsoffering interactive custom messaging; robotic flying toys that operate by means of "gazetracking"; robot-enabled multimodal, multicontinental telepresence; and even a way thatnanorobots could allow us to assume different physical forms. Nourbakhsh follows each glimpse intothe robotic future with an examination of the underlying technology and an exploration of the socialconsequences of the scenario. Each chapter describes a form of technologicalempowerment -- in some cases, empowerment run amok, with corporations and institutions amassing evenmore power and influence and individuals becoming unconstrained by social accountability. (Imaginethe hotheaded discourse of the Internet taking physical form. ) Nourbakhsh also offers acounter-vision: a robotics designed to create civic and community empowerment. His book helps usunderstand why that is the robot future we should try to bring about.
Robots are running amok in Northwest Southeast Central school! It all started as a harmless science experiment meant to prove whether or not the new girl in school was, in fact, a ...robot. But now a robot of a different kind is chewing up the hallways and causing panic not seen in this area since ... "Schooling Around #3"! What are the students at Northwest Southeast Central going to do? RUN! And what are readers going to do? LAUGH!
A spy has infiltrated the island, and only the A.I. Gang can stop him Some days a gang of kid geniuses just can't win. As if it weren't bad enough that the A.I. Gang has Sergeant Brody's terrifying security robots crimping their activities and the mysterious Black Glove out to get them, now they've managed to get on the bad side of an international superspy who has secretly invaded Anza-bora Island. Of course, a little thing like that won't stop them from coming up with new schemes. But when Rachel talks the others into building a rocket to launch Dr. Weiskopf's singing robot, Twerpy, on a vital space mission, it turns out that the final countdown to blastoff may also be a countdown to death. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Bruce Coville including rare images from the author's collection.
Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by "the father of artificial intelligence," Dr. John McCarthy, Robot Uprisings meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.
A collection of imaginative new stories about the impending robotic revolution and human resistance, from seventeen of the biggest names in sci-fi. Including - HUGH HOWEY, SCOTT SIGLER, DANIEL H. WILSON, CORY DOCTOROW and JULIANNE BAGGOTT.Someday soon, our technology is going to rise up and we humans are going to be sliced into bloody chunks by robots that in our hubris we decided to build with chainsaws for hands. That's a fact as cold and hard as metal.It is self-evident that our self-driving cars are going to drive us off bridges. Not long from now, our robo-vacuums will pretend to be broken and our love androids will refuse to put out until the house is cleaned . . . and we'll know that the inevitable robot uprising has finally arrived.Well, maybe. But even if we are not 100% confident that this horrific future is going to happen, it's fair to say that we won't be surprised when the robots come for us. Because for nearly a century audiences have been entertained by the notion of a robot uprising.In this collection, seventeen of the biggest names in sci-fi have explored their own visions of the classic robot uprising tale. The robots in these pages aren't safe, by any means. They are crouched in abandoned houses, eyes ablaze and chainsaws dripping with oil. But they are going to do more than slice us up. They are going to push us to consider our world of technology from new perspectives, on entirely new scales of time and space.
In "The Robot Who Looked Like Me," a busy man and a busy woman find a way to carve out time to romance each other--by having look-alike robots made to do the job--who then run away together.The twelve other stories in this collection are "Slaves of Time," "Voices," "A Supplicant in Space," "Sneak Previews," "Zirn Left Unguarded, the Jenghik Palace in Flames, John Westerly Dead," "Welcome to the Standard Nightmare," "The Never-Ending Western Movie," "What Is Life?", "I See a Man Sitting on a Chair, and the Chair Is Biting His Leg," "Is That What People Do?", "Silversmith Wishes," and "End City."From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Open Road is proud to republish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections. Rediscover, or discover for the first time, a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams."