By: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News
Jan. 18, 2008 -- Thousands of scribbled amorous words, hearts, arrows and intertwined initials have been removed this week from the walls of Juliet's house in Verona, Italy, in a radical clean-up of the 13th century structure that is believed to have inspired William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Read more... )
‘There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.’ ~Buddha

Post written by Leo Babauta.
How do you start something new?

Whether it’s beginning an exercise program, getting going with a task you want to complete, or creating a new business or product from scratch — how do you get started?
It’s one of the most intimidating things. It’s the lack of starting that kills most tasks and projects.
Procrastination is putting off the start. Your new venture gets put off because the start is too hard.Read more... )

‘There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.’ ~Robert Byrne
Post written by Leo Babauta.

The early draft of this post sat in my system for about a week. How’s that for irony?
Many of us are good at starting things — it’s the finishing that we need help with.
The truth is, it might seem funny that my post on “How to Finish” sat unfinished for 7 days, but I’m actually decent at finishing. I start a whole bunch of articles and books, and let those ideas germinate. When I’m ready to focus on them, I get them to done pretty easily. Read more... )
I found this link in an e-mail and thought I'd share it. More on the website. :) Tweeting from a La-Z-Boy, An Unfinished Book Hits No.1
In a feat that even the best-selling writers might envy, young-adult author John Green's latest novel is No. 1 on and Barnes & even though he's still working on it from his comfy La-Z-Boy in Indianapolis.

With "The Fault in Our Stars," the author has overtaken hot books by Suzanne Collins and Laura Hillenbrand. His book won't be published until the spring of next year.

It helped that Mr. Green, a 33-year-old who first gained attention in 2005 with his debut novel "Looking for Alaska," has more than 1.1 million Twitter followers. Mr. Green is published by Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Pearson PLC's Penguin Group (USA), but he does his own thing on the Web. "I don't take direction from Penguin," he says.Read more... )
J.K.Rowling announced on YouTube this morning that her new website, is a unique online reading experience. It will also be the exclusive sales point for the long-awaited Harry Potter e-books. will be a place to access digital audiobooks and, for the first time ever, e-books. People will be able to participate on the site and she'll be chiming in with new information about the books and the world that she's been holding on to for years. will be open to everyone in October, but a few lucky people will get to see it early. She advises you to follow the owl.
Update: I got the page to load. You can submit your email and you'll be a notice when the site is open in October. But you can also come back on July 31, Harry Potter's birthday and find out how you might be able to get in early.
I think it's much better than an online game, which is what many people were suggesting. I do suspect that there will be game-like qualities about the site like she's used on her personal website.
I do wish it was a new book but I can be content with this.
Update: Leaky is updating their site from the press conference. Rowling will be launching the site with 18,000 words from her, which is reportedly about 1/3 of what she's written. Exciting! Also those beta users on July 31? There will be 1 million of them.

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