IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
FIVE HUNDRED 1ST LINES IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS
By Debra Hamel


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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
By Debra Hamel


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SOCRATES AT WAR:
THE MILITARY HEROICS OF AN ICONIC INTELLECTUAL
By Debra Hamel


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ANCIENT GREEKS IN DRAG:
THE LIBERATION OF THEBES AND OTHER ACTS OF HEROIC TRANSVESTISM
By Debra Hamel


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READING HERODOTUS:
A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE WILD BOARS, DANCING SUITORS, AND CRAZY TYRANTS OF THE HISTORY
By Debra Hamel


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THE MUTILATION OF THE HERMS:
UNPACKING AN ANCIENT MYSTERY

By Debra Hamel


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TRYING NEAIRA:
THE TRUE STORY OF A COURTESAN'S SCANDALOUS LIFE IN ANCIENT GREECE

By Debra Hamel


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It Was a Dark and Stormy Tweet

I've got a new book out in Kindle and paperback versions! Announcing:

It Was a Dark and Stormy Tweet
Five Hundred 1st Lines in 140 Characters or Less

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Debra Hamel has been tweeting the first lines of books since 2007. To date, she has posted more than 7000 first lines on her Twitter accounts @TwitrLit and @KidderLit. IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET is a collection of 500 of the best of these. The first lines in this collection are culled from a wide variety of genres and from children’s books as well as books written for adults. Some of the titles excerpted will be familiar to readers. The first lines of Fahrenheit 451 and Slaughterhouse Five are included, for example, and Jane Austen and Charles Dickens both merit mentions. But readers will find a lot here that’s unfamiliar. The book is intended to introduce readers to new books and authors, so that they’ll come away from the collection itching to get their hands on an armful of new titles. Here’s a sample:

"Benny Rhodes loved his own bald head more than anything else in the world he could think of." (John A. Miller, Coyote Moon)

"I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday." (John Scalzi, Old Man's War)

"A dead man fell from the sky, landing at my feet with a thud." (Gary Corby, The Pericles Commission)

The lines included in this collection are grouped into different categories, with chapters such as “Once Upon a Time,” “Dead People,” and “Pregnant Amish Men and Other Surprises.” The book also includes three quizzes so that readers can test their first-line savvy.

Kindle Countdown Deal: The Mutilation of the Herms!

Big news! Starting right...NOW my eBook The Mutilation of the Herms will be on sale on Amazon (US and UK) at up to 67% off the usual price. But it's a Kindle Countdown Deal, which means that the clock is ticking. After a time the price will increase, then increase again until it's back to usual. Starting sale price is $0.99.

The clock is in fact visibly ticking: if you head over to Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk now you'll see a digital clock counting down to the book's next price increase. It's very cool, actually, lends a kind of Jack Bauer-y vibe to the whole thing. 

So if you've any interest at all in ancient Athens, Greece, the Peloponnesian War, statues with penises, women's history, Alcibiades, the Sicilian Expedition, or the senseless destruction of religiously significant property, now's the time to satisfy your curiosity.

Steps in, but worn out

I left my steps until far too late in the day tonight. Still, I managed to finish. Now I'm sitting at my computer waiting until I have enough energy to climb the stairs.

 

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Fitbit stats: October

I've been using a Fitbit to track my walking for years now. If you're unfamiliar with Fitbit, it's a small, wearable device that tracks your walks, stairs climbed, activity level, and even sleep patterns. All the data is backed up onto a web site, so you can see your stats going back as long as you've had the device. Here's my public profile. And here are my steps walked in October:

Screen shot 2013-11-01 at Fri. November 1 | 7.55.41 AM

As you can see, I consistently met my goal of 13,000 steps per day. 

I don't pay a lot of attention to stairs climbed, so they jump around wildly:

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The most flights climbed in October was 26. (Fitbit tells me that I've climbed 25 flights of stairs a total of 36 times.) Climbing 24 flights, Fitbit says, is the equivalent of climbing the La Dante Pyramid in Guatemala.

Update: DIY charging station

I decided to paint my charging station. Here's the finished product.

Update: DIY charging station

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About the blogger: Debra is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece, including Reading Herodotus: A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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