* around 1800 poems from the past six centuries, covering 270+ poets, with brief notes;
* around 1700 pithy and amusing science quotations adding up to about 115,000 words, across all of the sciences and mathematics; AND
* about 530 short excerpts from Australian historical sources.
TOTAL: just about the same size as ‘War and Peace’. I am a scientist who writes, rather than a writer who knows science, so all of my research is methodical, and now you can benefit from this.
So when the time comes when you need to use this famous exchange: “I wish I’d said that…”, followed by “You will, Oscar, you will”, all you have to do is apply the search function!
This collection was assembled as and from the three commonplace books of a now somewhat ancient science writer who has, over the years, used many of these quotations, though others are as yet waiting their moment. The collector anticipates being Collected in the next dozen years or so by somebody riding a horse named Binky, and plans, ere then, to enjoy advanced middle age, which means slowing down on the writing front.
Because I would rather share these fruits with others in my profession, I am releasing all of my working files as e-books, and this combines three volumes that may be bought separately, or together in this omnibus volume, called ‘Not Your Usual Sources’, which is #6 in the Not Your Usual series, which will be released in the next few days.
So you have a choice of the three separate volumes:
‘Not Your Usual Anthology of Verse’ (often-quoted English verse, #7);
‘Not Your Usual Science Quotations’ (a treasury of science for writers, #8); and
‘Not Your Usual Australian Vignettes’ (Australian history quotes, #9).
Please note that ‘Not Your Usual Sources’, (this one, Not Your Usual series #6), will always represent a major saving, because I want to encourage people to reach out beyond their comfort zone. Check the Amazon pages for the prices on the others.
The compiler is a multi-award winning writer who is offering here his basic tools at a price that is within the reach of all would-be authors.