To celebrate National Library Week, Oxford University Press is providing free access to their online resources from April 13th through 19th:
Go here to see the full list (with links) of online resources you can access. A few highlights:
- Oxford English Dictionary
- Oxford Bibliographies Online
- Oxford Reference
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online
- American National Biography Online
- Grove Art Online
- Grove Music Online
- Berg Fashion Library
- Oxford African American Studies Online
- Electronic Enlightenment
I’ll be teaching a one-day Clarion West workshop with Louise Marley on Sunday, May 4th from 10am to 4pm in Seattle’s University District:
Fiction R&D: From Research to Ideas to Stories
Research is a creative process that can help writers with inspiration, storytelling, and worldbuilding. Lisa Gold will share practical advice on doing research and finding useful and unusual sources, and she’ll provide an annotated list of resources. Louise Marley will explore generating, refining, and developing ideas into stories. They’ll use a combination of lecture, discussion, brainstorming, and writing exercises.
Check out these other Clarion West one-day workshops:
- Rachel Swirsky, Telling Old Stories in New Ways, April 6
- Nicola Griffith, The Magic of Immersive Fiction, April 13
For more information or to register: http://www.clarionwest.org/workshops/oneday/fiction-rd-from-research-to-ideas-to-stories/
I’ve started a new series of posts on Thomas Paine on the Bauman Rare Books blog. You can read my earlier Forgotten Founders posts on George Mason (Parts 1 and 2) and John Dickinson (Parts 1, 2, and 3) here.
I’ll add links as each post goes live:
“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
–Thomas Paine, Common Sense
I’ve updated my 2010 health insurance post, “If you are self-employed and live in Washington state, read this,” with some new information and links because of a recent increase in views.
My original post was about Washington’s “group of one” law, which allows self-employed individuals or sole proprietors to apply for small group health insurance if they meet certain criteria. These plans offered better coverage, without health screenings, and you could cover your family as dependents.
That information is still accurate, but you now have more options to buy health insurance for 2014:
- You can buy individual health insurance on the Washington state exchange (Washington HealthPlanFinder). If your family income (modified adjusted gross income) is below 400% of the federal poverty level, you may qualify for subsidies (tax credits) to help you pay for health insurance purchased through the exchange.
- You can buy “group of one” small group health insurance outside of the exchange, if you qualify.
- You can buy individual health insurance outside of the exchange.
If your income qualifies you for a subsidy, you’ll have to buy insurance inside the exchange to get it. Whether you apply for insurance inside or outside of the exchange, you can’t be denied because of pre-existing conditions, and specific “essential health benefits” (including hospitalization, maternity care, and prescription drugs) must be covered. You should do your research and carefully compare plans and provider networks. Many of the individual plans in the exchange have limited doctor and hospital networks, so depending on your circumstances, you might be better off in a small group plan or individual plan outside of the exchange.
See my original post for more information.
I’ve started a new series of Americana posts on the writings of the “Forgotten Founders” for the Bauman Rare Books blog. My first two posts are on George Mason of Virginia, who Jefferson called “the wisest man of his generation.” Mason was the principle author of the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Constitution, which had an extraordinary influence on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I’ll add links as each post goes live: