Books based on denial, etc. allowed?
As it says here, it says the Wiki is global and for all ages and to keep it clean while on the main page that just about everything is allowed. I'm into reading nonfiction, some fiction and history books but I'm not too sure if books based on political views, ideologies, Holocaust denial, Armenian genocide, are allowed so I'd need some approval for you if those books are allowed. 03:09, August 7, 2017 (UTC)
- Books on Holocaust denial? No, definitely not! I will not stand to have any articles about books that promote fascist or anti-Semitic ideas here. I also wouldn't want any articles about books that present any kind of pseudohistory in an uncritical way. Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 10:31, August 7, 2017 (UTC)
Hi, Simon. Nice to hear from you! I hope you are having a good summer.
I am very much looking forward to your upcoming article! Can you believe it's already time to start working on Halloween articles? I myself have already picked out a book and a short story for the season. I'm almost done working on my current article, so I will start on the book very soon ... otherwise I'll never finish in time.
I see that you have been busy at our sister wiki. My vote goes to "The Fall of the House of Usher". You have written so many articles here, and they are all so well-written, that it's hard to name my favorites - but given the season, I've got to go with Poe!
As for the articles I've created or expanded, you are of course welcome to translate any of them (including the two you kindly mentioned) that you consider worthwhile and appropriate. For Halloween, may I suggest "The Monkey's Paw"? I am also very proud of our Sherlock Holmes collection, so perhaps you would enjoy translating the article that started it all, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", after Halloween?
- You are welcome. I’m always around, you know, even though I don’t edit a lot. :)
- I do absolutely adore Oscar Wilde too! But yes, I have always been a big Poe fan. Then there’s Lewis Carroll, and Kafka, and Saki, and ... you know what I mean. One thing I need to mention is that I really don’t know what is and what is not popular in Spanish-speaking countries. I’m sure Poe is, and Sherlock Holmes is universal, so I figured they are pretty safe to suggest. Some things don’t translate well either. Shakespeare is certainly popular in my native country, but it definitely loses a lot in translation (although I understand it’s great in Klingon). Anyway, have fun translating!
- I’d love it if you would take on "Rumplestiltskin" and "Snow White" at some point. To be honest, I don’t think fairy tales are my forte, and you handle them so well ...
As you see, I decided to contribute some mini Shakespeare-based articles to celebrate your birthday this year. I think it’s so cool that you are from Stratford-upon-Avon!
- Thank you for the thank-you note. I hope you had a nice birthday. :)
- I figured you must be familiar with at least one of them! Personally, I think I actually like Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare best even though the tales are shorter. Stories from Shakespeare reads too textbook-ish for me. I've never come across the Bernard Miles books, unfortunately.
- I have been tied up for a whole week with extra work, but I am looking forward to reading your Carmilla article this weekend (we have a long weekend, Monday being a holiday). I've started on my next article, but this one is going to take a while. I bet you'll finish The Turn of the Screw before I finish mine!
Thank you so much for the wonderful article on The Turn of the Screw and also for the surprise Poe articles for the Halloween season. They are all great additions to our ever-growing collection. :) I have not had a lot of time to read for pleasure lately (explanation to follow), so your articles have been the only "Halloween reading" (other than the two things I had selected for myself to reread and write about, that is) for me to enjoy this season. So thank you again!
I started a new job a couple of months ago, and have had to read a lot of "business" books. They aren't all bad, and some may even qualify as "literature" ... but boy, do I miss reading the real stuff!! I still have a few more left to read for work, so I will be tackling another short story rather than a longer work for my next article here. All those books will just have to stay on my to-do list for now.
Hi, Simon. Seasons greetings to you too! I hope you had a nice Hanukkah, even though you are away from your family.
Thank you so much for the link to the Jeeves program. I was under the weather yesterday and off-line, so I just got your message and listened to it. It's really good! It's a funny story and I enjoyed reading it, but it's even funnier with a good British accent (as compared to what I manage in my head, that is) ... and performed well, of course. :)
I had to give up on a holiday story this year, unfortunately. I'm actually working on something completely different right now, hoping to get it finished before the end of the year. In the mean time, thank you again for the link, and thank you for the new articles too!
Happy New Year!!
Thank you for the holiday greeting. It has been quite hectic around here, but yes, I've been enjoying the holiday season.
I've looked at some of your Spanish articles, and I must say they look quite impressive. I only understand bits and pieces of Spanish, but it's fun trying to read them. Thank you so much for the credit. I appreciate it. :)
I'm looking forward to "Snow White". I'm sure that one is going to take a lot of work, but I know you'll do a great job. As for my current article, well, it's almost ready. It's another short one due to time constraints ... but more to follow!
Thank you for another fun year, and I look forward to more great articles in the new year. Enjoy the long weekend. Happy New Year!
Something odd, plus a question.
Hi, Simon. About the "Snow White" edit yesterday, I just want to let you know that something odd happened when I tried to release the changes. Things didn't really freeze up, but the screen sort of got stuck on "refreshing" mode. I saw afterwards that the typo fixes went through, but I didn't notice your video disappearing. Sorry about that. Maybe there was a connection problem or something. You are of course welcome to reinstate the video.
Anyway, thank you so much for the wonderful "Snow White" article. And I see that you are working on more fairy tales as planned, which is great. I am working on "Tiger, Tiger" right now, which is one of the other Mowgli stories. I've been wondering if you would be interested in writing articles about any of the Jungle Book stories. There are more short stories than I can handle, to be honest, and we will also need an article on the collection itself (as you mentioned) and another one on the second collection too. What do you think?
- Oh my goodness, I hadn't heard that one in a long, long time! Thank you for making me laugh again. And that's a funny story about "bare necessities" too. :)
- "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a great choice. I think you'd enjoy that one. Another story you might like is the other Mowgli story in the Jungle Book called "Kaa's Hunting". I've never read the Second Jungle Book, but I think we should have all the Mowgli stories, so I'll download it to my Kindle later.
- And now I have to go find myself something sweet to eat (we don't have Mr. Kipling, unfortunately)! --Gracie a (talk) 01:57, January 11, 2018 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realize that. Thank you very much.
19:00, January 28, 2018 (UTC)
Hello, and if I may ...
Hi, Simon. How are you? I hope you are enjoying better weather than we are around here. I've been enjoying your fairy tale articles - including the one about the poor sausage. Quite a collection you've got going!
As you know, I'm still working on Mowgli stories. I am about to start on "The Spring Running" which follows "Red Dog". After that, I will have to see if I can find the text of "In the Rukh" somewhere to complete the chronology.
In the mean time, I was wondering ... may I request a couple of articles from you? There are two more Mowgli stories in The Second Jungle Book, "How Fear Came" and "The King's Ankus", and I really think you would be able to handle them so much better than I ever could. Especially "How Fear Came". I know I'd make a mess of that one. I'd love to see how you would do it.
- Great! Thank you so much for agreeing to take on those stories. And yes, please please write one on "The White Seal" too! I will probably try one or two non-Mowgli stories later, but I haven't yet decided which ones.
- I wish I knew more Spanish so I could appreciate your translations better. I'm sure it's a lot of work, though, to do all that. Feel free to "take a break" any time and contribute more articles here! ;) Seriously, though, I do admire your dedication. :)
- It's actually nearly as warm here today, but the temperature has been up and down for months. Very strange weather. We even had some tornadoes here recently (we are in the Northeast, not at all near Kansas!). Spring is my favorite time of year, and we seem to have bypassed it altogether this year ... In any case, I wish you a nice summer! --Gracie a (talk) 00:53, May 30, 2018 (UTC)
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Just stopping by to say ...
Hi, Simon. How is your summer going? Another year has gone by (where did it go???), and your birthday is almost here. I wish you a great birthday.
I'm afraid I am still stuck on "In the Rukh" over here so I have not posted anything in a while. Thank you for the articles you've created since we last "spoke." How I wish I could write like that! I do hope to have mine finished in the next week or two ... although I see that the new Mowgli movie will not get a theatrical release after all. It's headed to Netflix instead. Oh well, I think it's still worth having all the Mowgli stories here anyway. Don't you think so?
Speaking of the Mowgli stories, I do have a question. What would be the best way to index all those stories? They are rather scattered between the two Jungle Book collections plus the odd "In the Rukh" - so it may be hard for someone to figure out the complete sequential list here. All the Mowgli Stories collections have been published, but I'm not sure if they merit a separate article. I know we have "series" pages, but I've never heard anyone talk about the "Mowgli series" so I'm not sure about that either. Or should we make a character page for Mowgli and include the list there? What would you suggest?
- Thank you for your response and for the thoughtful instructions on how to go about creating the character page. That sounds like fun. I will tackle it after I finish my current article and the Halloween article (I haven't yet decided which story I want to do this year).
- You are quite right about showbiz, of course. I am still a bit disappointed about the Mowgli movie, though, because it looks like it has a good cast, and it is supposed to be a non-Disneyfied version of the story ....
- I will look for Miss Sherlock. I've watched a few episodes of Sherlock and most of Elementary. My favorite Holmes is Jeremy Brett. I also liked that series for their Watsons. I have the complete DVD set which you've now got me in the mood to watch all over again. :)
- You made me smile with that "But why didn't he ...?" comment. Yes, indeed. :) Anyway, I'll have to look around on YouTube over the weekend. Thank you for the recommendations!
Hi, Simon. Thank you for the offer to translate an article of my choice for Halloween. That's very sweet. :)
Well, any of the articles you mentioned would certainly be worthwhile. You know me, though ... I'd have to go with Poe. I mean, how can you go wrong with "The Masque of the Red Death"? I think that's a classic in any language!
I look forward to seeing your articles here too. I think I found the short story I'm going to work on for the season. I'd like to read a few more, though, before I decide for sure. I am going to be away for a couple of weeks to visit my family, so I don't think I can do more than one this year, but we'll see.
- Hello. Sorry for the delay in responding. I just got back from my trip. You wouldn't believe the amount of Halloween merchandise I saw there. It wasn't like that in the old days ...
- That was quick! Your Spanish article looks very nice, although I don't understand much of it. I look forward to your new article here.
- I've picked the short story for my seasonal article. It will take a few days for me to play catch-up around here, but I will start working on it after that.
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Hi, Simon. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy Halloween. I hope you and your students have a nice one.
I've enjoyed your Halloween articles. I barely finished mine in time! If you haven't read Edith Wharton's ghost stories, I highly recommend them. I see we have a stub article on her collection, so I will see what I can do about expanding it before starting my next article.
Question about character article
Hi, Simon. Happy Hanukkah! Hope you are doing well.
I just posted my first character article, and I’m not sure if I did it correctly. I wanted it to serve as an index to all the Mowgli stories first of all, and to present a summary biography for people who are not familiar with the original literature. I tried incorporating the story titles into paragraphs (in the intro section, also the biography section), but it just kept getting muddled … so I ended up creating a list section instead. Is that acceptable?
- Thank you so much for your kind words about my Mowgli article. I'm relieved to hear you think it came out well. :) It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I hadn't thought of it that way, but it was almost like writing a biography of a real person. Oh, and a funny thing ... I kept writing in present tense! I remember, when I first joined you here, I found it difficult to always use present tense when writing out plots.
- I like the pictures you added. Nice touch. I know ... shame about those other pictures! I like them, but no, not appropriate for us ...
- I'm glad the movie is getting some theatrical release. I don't have Netflix, so it may be a while before I can see it. I understand it does not follow the Kipling stories very closely, but it does sound interesting.
- Thank you again for your quick response and for adding the extra pictures! --Gracie a (talk) 02:08, December 7, 2018 (UTC)
Happy New Year!
Hi, Simon. Thank you so much for cute card!
It has been fun spending another year with you here at Literawiki. I'd like to thank you again for all you do here, and also for your help with the Jungle Book articles this year.
My next article will be about The Secret Garden. It's a longer work, and I'm just re-reading it now, so it will take me some time. It was one of my favorite books growing up, so it has been on my to-do list for a long time. I wanted to do Black Beauty first, though, and then I got started on the Mowgli stories, so I'm finally getting around to it. I haven't yet decided what else I might tackle in 2019. We'll see.
I'm wondering how to submit this Wikia to Childrens Lit. If there are any requirements please contact me on my talk page. Tysm!
THanks for welcoming me!! ;)19:00,
Saturday, May 18 2019, 10:28
Happy birthday, Simon!
I hope you enjoy my present. I decided to go with Sherlock Holmes this year, and no spoilers because I don't know if you've read these stories ... and also because I'm less inclined to do full plot summaries for copyrighted material.
Anyway, if you've never read them, I highly recommend these short stories. You can find the book online, including a nice version on the Internet Archive. I did not link to it, though, assuming it really shouldn't be there. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I did link to the Life magazine which was part of the official Google Docs archiving project.
p.s. I'll try to write a couple of articles on short stories for Halloween next. It'll be good to do something short again ... it just takes me too long to do full novels and books ...
- You are welcome. I see I forgot to do a couple of things. Thank you, as always, for your help. :)
- No, I haven't read The Last Sherlock Holmes Story. I'll have to put that on my list. There are a lot of pastiches and parodies, and I've read quite a few. You know, I was disappointed too that The Exploits did not include the Giant Rat of Sumatra. Those stories are as close to canon as they come, so it would have been nice. My personal favorite, if and when you get the chance, is "The Adventure of the Highgate Miracle" about "Mr. James Phillimore who, stepping back into his own house to get his umbrella, was never more seen in this world."
- And no, I hadn't seen the analytics. How very interesting. I wonder why that is. It's good to see we do have some traffic in any case. I haven't had a lot of time this year, but I do plan on doing at least a few more articles. I look forward to seeing your Halloween article (articles?). Take care! Yours, --Gracie a (talk) 00:07, September 2, 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for helping reviewing/editing my work on this wiki. Sorry for some of the mistakes that I have left behind and my mistakes in grammar. Hope it wasn't too work to do. I'm quite new to this, and have a tendency to forget stuff. Thanks again.
Re: Wiki Contributions
Thanks! I'll try to do my best in helping to grow this wiki, and make less work for you. ;) And you're welcome concerning Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Always enjoy the writings of Dahl, especially the Chocolate Factory.
If there are any pages you want me to work on, or any help you need please let me know. Prefer to work on pages that need immediate attention to (unless they are about authors and works I know).
Thank you very much for your suggestions. I will get cracking on those pages as soon as possible.
Just stopping by quickly to wish you a happy Halloween. It's going to be a rainy day around here, so we aren't sure how many kids will come out trick-or-treating. We may be eating a lot of leftover candy ...
I enjoyed your article about Gus Was a Friendly Ghost. Very cute. You always do a nice job with articles on children's books. Is that one of the books you read to your students?
- Thank you for your warm response, and thank you for the cute card! I see that you have been busy as usual around this time of year. :)
- I enjoy hearing about your work and your students. At one point, I had planned to teach English in my native country. I think it's wonderful that you read stories to your classes. And what a treat to recite the Three Witches! Too often language education focuses more on grammar and vocabulary-building than on actually learning to use and enjoy the language. :)
- I didn't know you teach one-to-one or that you also teach adults. It must have been quite an interesting lesson! I've never read Pollyanna either, so I'll look forward to your article.
- It is indeed rainy and also quite windy here, so we only got 16 kids. You should see the amount of candy we have left. I'll take most of it to work to share (... otherwise I'll gain 30 lbs). We ended up not getting any older kids because the weather turned worse as it got later. The little ones were cute, and we got a kick out of one group because they actually came riding a golf cart down the street.
- I hope you enjoyed your "spook-ghetti" dinner. Beer sounds good too, although I'm not sure how well chocolate goes with that ... but then again, chocolate's good with anything, right? ;) --Gracie a (talk) 01:56, November 1, 2019 (UTC)
- p.s. I haven't yet decided what story I'll work on next. I'm afraid I've run out of ideas for Christmas, so it may be something completely different ...
- And a happy Guy Fawkes Night to you too! So obviously it was not a chocolate stout you were drinking. ;) We still have some candy left here at home, but you should have seen what happened to the candy I took to work. I saw people beginning to eat some at 7:00 a.m. ... and every piece was gone by 9:00 a.m.
- Wow, quite a variety at your teaching jobs. I teach mostly kids too (piano, that is), as young as 4 yrs, with occasional adults mixed in. I confess I really enjoy older kids, and you put it very well when you mentioned your experience with college students. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. :)
- Thank you for guiding me towards the category on Wikisource. I will certainly check it out. For now, I think I've found the next short story. You'll never guess this one!
Happy New Year
Hi, Simon. Happy New Year to you too!
I can't wait to read your next article on Pollyanna. And I am excited to hear you are introducing your student to The Secret Garden. I hope she enjoys it.
I am firmly stuck in my article. Actually, I've completed it all except for the adaptations section. I've run into a sort of a philosophical dilemma, I think. I'll continue to think about it for a few more days, but I may have to publish without that section and consult you on it ...
As you see, I have published my "Madame Butterfly" article without the adaptations section. There are a lot of films and other works supposedly based on "Madame Butterfly" ... but I think a lot of them are based on the Puccini opera more than the original story. If a work is based on the opera that's based on the story, would we still include it in our list here?
- Thank you very much for a very thorough and helpful response to my question. I especially appreciate your guiding me towards the Nutcracker example. I understand what I need to do now. :) This will take me some time, though, so I'd better get started! I may indeed require more help ... we'll see ...
- Thank you again! Yours, --Gracie a (talk) 01:54, January 7, 2020 (UTC)
- Hello. Long time no see! Sorry for the delay, but I just posted the adaptations section. I only rewrote it about 5 times, but then things started to get really crazy around here with this virus crisis. I still have to find pictures and sound clips to add to the article. The way things are going, it will probably take me another week or two.
Well, seen as you though you had blocked me rather arbitrarily, despite not having been messaged or properly warned beforehand, I was a little surprised, but I don't think I will be wasting my spare time editing this very small, inactive and subpar wiki in the future, good day --RedWizard98 (talk) 13:36, May 30, 2020 (UTC)
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Why was this taken down? this story was completely original!
Hi, Simon. Long time no see ... sorry I haven't been able to contribute. Things are still crazy around here. I still do intend on adding illustrations to my last article, though. Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful birthday. Take care! --Gracie a (talk) 00:32, August 29, 2020 (UTC)
- Spaghetti and beer sounds like a nice birthday dinner. :) Sorry to hear you had computer issues. Speaking of that, I've had some issues with this particular site. It takes forever to load, and on some days it's nearly impossible to navigate. I bought a new laptop recently (now that I'm working from home half the time because of the pandemic), and I couldn't even log into my account here at first. But I digress ...
- It's good to hear you are in a pretty safe environment and still able to teach. Your adult student must be progressing well if she is able to read and do exercises on her own. You should be proud as her teacher. :) I am only able to teach via Zoom, and I've also had to cut down my teaching schedule drastically because I'm working so many hours at my day job. I haven't even had time to read anything which, I'm sure you understand, is quite sad.