My rule? When in doubt, Vonnegut.
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Like any list of rules, should you break them but be so astoundingly amazing in your defiance, then the rules are meaningless.
Very few writers are astoundingly amazing in their defiance."
did you guys see today’s Google Doodle? Today would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85 birthday. The animation for the doodle is too cute. Go check it out if you haven’t already!
The finding suggests that black people have contributed to the “indigenous” British gene pool despite previous evidence to the contrary.
Africans were first recorded in northern England some 1,800 years ago, part of a Roman garrison brought in to defend Hadrian’s Wall against raids by tribes in what is now Scotland, the study team said.
But slaves from West Africa, Jobling said, were the most likely source of the African DNA revealed in the study.
“The first boatful of slaves showed up in 1555 in England, and so from that time on their numbers increased,” Jobling said.
In 1601 Queen Elizabeth I issued an edict “that black people should be expelled from Britain because there were too many of them around, which everybody ignored,” he added.
Historian Ron Ramdin, author of Reimaging Britain: 500 Years of Black and Asian History, said that by the end of the 18th century an estimated 10,000 black people were living in Britain, mostly concentrated in cities."