So, you wanna help out, eh?
The Scriptorium is one of the more interactive areas on the Libyrinth,
and I gratefully accept reader input. If there is an author you
feel should be listed here, or you want to add or update one
of the featured ones, there are a few simple steps you can take.
A quick overview
1. Please email me with your suggestions. Explain why you feel
your author is one that fits in with the Libyrinth theme, and
kindly tell me a little about your experience with that writer's
work. I will get back to you with my comments as soon as I can.
2. If I feel that the author sounds like a
good candidate for the Libyrinth, I will ask you to write a "blurb"
on her. This "blurb" will eventually take the shape
of a single page on the Scriptorium. I will cast in into HTML
and create the neat-o button link for the left frame; all you
need to do is email me your work.
3. I reserve the rights to edit your page;
but I will not place it online unless you are satisfied with
the overall result. You will be given full credit, and if you
wish, your name will be linked to your email address so your
fans can send you insightful comments, passionate love letters,
and outraged hate mail.
Sounds good. How about some specifics?
Hey, no problem. Let's say that you submit an author and I email
you back saying that she sounds really great, go right ahead
and write her up. There are a few guidelines that I ask you to
1. Explain why she fits into the "Libyrinth"
style of writer. Maybe you can write a little about her style
and technique and how it reflects the overall theme around here.
(The guiding metaphors of the Library and the Labyrinth.)
2. Provide a short bibliography of her major
works. If you wish to write a small review of one or all of them,
go right ahead, but please do not reveal any surprises, like
"Hamlet dies." I hate when people do that, which is
why I saw The Crying Game as soon as I could. . . .
3. Feel free to include any interesting information,
facts, and insight that you may possess about the author and/or
her works. And if you can provide a brief biographical note that
would be nice as well.
4. If you know any good links to sites relating
to the author or her work, submit those as well.
The final product
You may take as long as you need to write your piece, and remember
that it will be limited to one page -- so it doesn't need to
be too large. I will edit it and then invite you to make further
changes or commentary. Once we have a piece that both of us are
satified with, I will convert it to HTML and add it to the Scriptorium.
You will be given full credit with the option of an email link.
However, once it is added to the Scriptorium, I retain the right
to keep it there even if you suddenly decide that you hate this
author and want nothing more to do with her. I will remove your
name at your request, but the page is property of the Libyrinth.
I also retain the right to make any necessary alterations, and
to remove it completely if needed.
What ../authors.html are needed?
I am personally planning to do a page for Lovecraft, Moorcock,
Noon, and Morrison. The other names to your left have been frequently
suggested to me by past readers and are currently are up for
grabs. (So, yeah, the top fibs a little when it says they are
"being planned.") I welcome any volunteers for those
../authors.html, and I welcome any new suggestions.
-- Allen Ruch
1 March 1999
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