Thursday, September 23, 2010

West Hollywood Book Fair - Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010

The Junction will be at the West Hollywood Book Fair this Sunday, Sept. 26th so come by booth E22 to say hello to us and to WordHustler and to The Nervous Breakdown - we'll all be raffling cool stuff.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why Not Try White Noise To Help You Focus?

Check out - a free site that broadcasts varieties of that fuzzy background sound.  It offers pink, brown and white noise (we didn't know what they all were either).  Some writers at The Junction swear by it to keep distracting noises out (not that we have any distracting noises here, no!) and the creative juices flowing.  Try it with Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones for an insanely hyper-focused environment.
If the sound bar takes too long to load, try the Simply Noise Classic interface.
What are these colored noises?  White noise and pink noise are produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together.  Pink noise emphasizes lower frequencies, and, from what we can gather, brown noise emphasizes even lower ones.   
If you oscillate the pink or brown noise, it sounds a lot like the ocean.  Apparently some people use this sound to help them sleep. We've had all three sound choices on just while writing this post and are quite surprised to find ourselves feeling both calmer and more focused.  

Ok, time to nap work.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Apply for the Annenberg Beach House Writing Residency

You could have your own large private office in the beautiful, historic, seaside Marion Davies Beach House. Apply to be the Writer in Residence by September 24 for a November 2010 - January 2011 residency - the idea is to complete a work in progress.

We are rooting for a Writers Junction member to be the next Annenberg Writer in Residence! 

From the Santa Monica Beach House: 
In honor of Marion Davies’ own artistry and her support of artists, and to further the work of the City of Santa Monica to promote culture and the arts, a Resident Writer will be working in the historic Marion Davies Guest House and giving public readings and events through November, December and January, 2010-2011. The Writer in Residence will be followed by a Choreographer in Residence, call to be posted in December. If you are interested in applying to or forwarding this info, please download the Writer Residency Application towards the top of the page at:

THIS would be your residence (at least, your work residence.):

If you don't yet know why the Beach House is so glam, read here.