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So, when starting a project……

……..it’s usually from point A to point B and all the way down to Z. There’s a beginning, a middle and an end, the culmination of the vision that inspired you to do the project in the first place. It can be creative, it can be a meal, it can be a paper for a class – the thing is, there’s a place where you clearly have a start point to jump from. But often, there doesn’t seem to be a clear point of departure, so the only thing to do is to jump right into the middle of things and start swimming in any direction.

This is what I’m doing as I research my great-grandfather’s history and that of his parents, who emigrated from Ireland shortly after the Great Hunger. The logical thing to do would have been to start with his papers, which are currently archived in another state at a historical center (he was something of a local bigwig in his day, serving as a lawyer, a justice and being part of the energy development). The next step after that would have been to then go to the state he had been born in, see the cemetery his parents and siblings had been buried in and look into local records. The third step, after having gained all pertinent material (birth dates, wedding dates, city and/or parish names), would have been a trip to Ireland and tracing the rest of the family from there.

Being that I have a somewhat impatient nature to get things started, I jumped right into the thick of it – I began with Step Three. I talked to a lot of people once I landed in Ireland – my driver, the tour guides – and they were very keen on helping me find the next step. I had a lot of pieces, they assured me, but they didn’t seem to connect together. The thing to do is to start back at the beginning and find those missing pieces, if, indeed, they can be found.

That I even know where to go to start my search is a big plus. I was kind of hoping to avoid going to another state to do this, but in my original plan, I knew that I would eventually have to do so. Still, the rewards will greatly outweigh my reluctance to go and that is the ultimate goal – finding my ancestral family and knowing more about who I am in the process.

ABC to Bring Back The Muppet Show After 19 Years

Muppets make everything better.

TIME

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, and it’s time to officially declare 2015 the year of the TV revival: ABC is developing a reboot of The Muppet Show.

The network has ordered a pilot presentation featuring the Muppets, EW has confirmed. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps, but Bill Prady, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, is co-writing and executive producing with Bob Kushell (Anger Management), who will serve as showrunner. Prady has a long history writing for the Muppets, including The Jim Henson Hour, Muppet Classic Theater, and a number of Muppet specials.

The original Muppet Show aired from 1976 to 1981. It was revived in 1996 with ABC’s Muppets Tonight, which lasted just ten episodes.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Ethical publishing – now wouldn’t that be something?

Excellent points.

Damien Walter

Contrary to rumour I don’t hate publishers. I understand that publishers are businesses, and as such they operate in their own best interests. The flip side of that is I feel it’s not just fair, but essential, to point out when the business interests of a publisher work against the interests of the writer. Which is often.

Ghostwoods Books are arguing – I think rightly – that there is a role in publishing for the ideal of fair trade.

That doesn’t mean writers are better off without publishers. The indie publishing scene is amazing, and the Amazon Kindle store now provides a superb new income stream for new and established writers alike. But the bottom line is that writers need time to write, and at some point that means handing over to someone else the numerous other tasks needed to publish a book. Division of labour and economies of scale

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Twin Peaks Returns

Twin Peaks. No words necessary.

Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks

I'll see you again in 25 years I’ll see you again in 25 years

As you can imagine, I’m sitting here stunned. As much as you are.

Twin Peaks returns. 2016. Showtime. 9 episodes, co-written by David Lynch and Mark Frost, all directed by David Lynch.

Kyle MacLachlan likely to return as Special Agent Dale Cooper.

According to an interview with Mark Frost, this has been in the works for almost three years. The exciting thing is, clearly a lot of thought has gone into this. While I feel some trepidation, I also feel incredible excitement.

If you’re a SiriusXM subscriber, I’ll be on the Ward & Al show today at 3 pm on Canada Talks 167 to discuss this amazing turn of events.

In the meantime, here’s the video that announced the return. The description reads:

The groundbreaking television phenomenon, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winner TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series on SHOWTIME…

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