Old Broken Road launch week draws to a close. That means it’s time to share a few interesting links I’ve found over the last few days. 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! All right, let’s get to it.
Old Broken Road:
Traveling The Broken Road: An Author Interview With K. M. Alexander
Thomas Fowler and I discuss Old Broken Road, advertising, design, book marketing, indie publishing, and more.
Here’s Why H.P. Lovecraft Matters More Than Ever
The Wall Street Journal talks Lovecraft, his racism, his views on science, and his resonating effect on popular culture.
Study Reveals: A Trip To The Library Feels The Same As A $2,282 Pay Raise
Well, there you go. Clearly we all need to go to the library more.
5 Things Beta Readers Should Know Before They Agree To The Task
Great post by Lauren Sapala on beta reading, what it takes, and how we as readers can maximize the help we provide. (This would be a good one to send to any new beta readers you are working with. hint. hint.)
Got Workflow? Step by Step To Better Books
J. W. Manus gives some practical advice for laying out and formatting your manuscript for publication. I see a lot of new writers completely ignore layout and it’s incredibly important.
Thing You Should Know When Writing About Guns
Good advice from Wendig about how guns work, what parts of guns are called, and how to use them effectively and realistically in your own work. (This isn’t a post about legality, it’s about using weapons in fiction.)
An amazing short film. Wandering a dark forest, a solitary creature encounters something unknown with only curiosity to lead the way.
The Crazy Bi-Level Buses Of The North Coast Lines
A photo essay on a very particular kind of bi-level bus that was produced in the Pacific Northwest during the 1920s. Some awesome stuff. It was strangely inspiring for me.
The World’s Biggest Submarine
A photo essay of the Typhoon/Shark class of Russian subs. I knew these things were big, but I didn’t realize they were this big. Makes me want to go watch The Hunt for Red October. “One ping only.”
Film Psychology: The Shining, Spatial Awareness & Set Design
Nice little doco on how Stanley Kubrick used spatial awareness on the set of the Shining. Make sure to watch Part 2 as well.
Equal Population Mapper
How many counties of the midwest does it take to equal the population squeezed into New York? LA? The coasts? This fascinating interactive map allows you to compare density across the US.
Lovecraft Story of the Week:
The Lurking Fear
Strange things are afoot in the Catskill mountains.
Gif of the Week: