Friday Link Pack 07/18/14

#Kaijuly
Happy Friday! It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Let me know!

Writing:

Interruptions Are Even Worse Than We Thought
We’ve suspected it for a while, but researchers are discovering proof that interruption is bad… and it’s especially bad for writers.

July 2014 Author Earnings Report
The always fascinating report from the crew over at AER. Worth a read. Loads of info: DRM vs. non-DRM titles, the myth of the bodice ripper, and more.

Are There Still Pros To Traditional Publishing?
Writing coach and author Brooke Warner discusses 5 pros for sticking with traditional publishing, everything from the partnership, to the end product’s quality, to distribution benefits.

Are There 5 Reasons To Stick With Major Publishers? No, There Are 0 Reasons
Ghost writer and author Michael Levin takes on the reasons laid out by Brooke Warner in the aforementioned article and makes his claim as to why there are actually zero reasons to stick with major publishers.

The Good Stuff Stays
In case you missed it make sure to check out this 2012 Q&A session with Stephen King. Some really good insight into his process, his ideas, screenwriting, Lovecraft, and a lot more.

Art:

#KAIJULY
You love the summer. You love monsters. Kaijuly is a month for monsters! All this month comic book artist Josh Montreuil and friends have been posting daily illustrations for a project they’re calling Kaijuly. Make sure you check out the tag on Tumblr and Twitter.

Kiddie Arts
Dutch muralist Telmo Pieper takes adorable drawings that he drew as a 4-year-old and recreates them. The results are equal parts fascinating, adorable, and terrifying.

Is Fan Art Illegal?
The short answer: yes, and comic book artists should be wary. However, we have seen time and again that brands that crack down on fan art actually hurt themselves in the long run. (When it comes to my own work, please fan art away. Make that Waldo Bell fan art. Sell it! I think it’d be awesome. I am totally 100% okay with it. I will never ask anyone to stop. Also, let me know when you do! I even highlight it on Pinterest!)

Random:

Buy A Lighthouse
Looking for a cheap getaway to avoid interruption and work on your book? Why not a Lighthouse!? (It might need a bit of work.)

The Cargo Ship Whose Hull Is A Giant Sail
A Norwegian engineer redesigns the cargo ship to utilize it’s hull as an aid to propulsion. The future is awesome.

The Lost City Of Heracleion
6.5 kilometres off Alexandria’s coastline lies the submerged Egyptian city of Heracleion. The Ancient Egyptian version of Venice perhaps?

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Colour Out Of Space
A meteorite crash lands in a rural Massachusetts farm. Shortly thereafter strange occurrences begin: vegetables grows to enormous sizes but are tasteless, animals are deformed into terrible shapes, and ever so slowly the residents go insane one by one.

Farewell Gif of the Week:

Doin' The Pigeon

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