Friday Link Pack - 11/14/14

Friday Link Pack – 11/14/14

Friday is here! That means it’s time to share a few 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:

Happy One Month Birthday Old Broken Road!
My latest novel, Old Broken Road, is now one month old and it’s getting great reviews. Pick up your copy and tell your friends!

What Are Readers Saying About Old Broken Road?
Reviews are starting to come in and they’re looking really good. In this post I highlight some of my favorite quotes. I’m flattered and really happy to hear everyone is enjoying it so much.

Writing:

Amazon & Hachette End Dispute Over Online Book Sales
Finally! Let’s all get back to writing rad stuff now. Okay?

Amazon Beats Google & Wins Rights To The New gTLD .Book
Amazon now controls the generic top level domain .book and I’m curious to see what they do with it. It’s an interesting turn of events, but not that surprising based on Amazon’s positioning.

Who Said It, James Joyce Or Kool Keith
My friend Evan shared this with me and it’s not only hilarious but way more challenging than I expected. I ended up getting 6/10, my friend Dawn got 9/10! How’d you do?

Killing The Sacred Cows Of Indie Publishing: I Have To Sell Books Quickly
In this article author Dean Wesley Smith talks about book sales and speed and expectation vs. reality. Totally agree with him but it’s nice to be reminded. (Thanks to Lauren for sharing.)

Art:

The Work Of Christian Rex Van Minnen
Take a dash of realism, a bit of Salvador Dali, and part Pablo Picasso and you’d be close to describing the work of Christian Rex Van Minnen. It’s very very cool, and somewhat disturbing. (Thanks to Kari-Lise for the tip.)

Beauty
This animated video from Rino Stefano Tagliafierro takes classical paintings and adds subtle pans and animations. The result is… well, beauty.

Illustrated Famous Movies With One Letter Removed
Illustrator takes famous movies, removes a single letter, and illustrates the results. The result is fantastic visions of cinema like Obocop and Aging Bull.

Random:

Rosetta Photo Gallery
This week humanity landed a probe on a comet, which itself is an incredible feat. Now we’re just now starting to see what a comet looks like up close. The Rosetta mission has this incredible photo gallery showing what the Philae probe is seeing.

The World’s Worst Playgrounds Are Where Fun Goes To Die
Ummm… so these are terrifying.

Ghostly Ship Graveyards From Around the World
Last year io9 gathered these haunting and eerie photos of ship graveyards from around the world. After looking through these images I feel like I need to re-up my tetanus booster.

10 Commandments For Con Men
Lists of Note shares notorious con man “Count” Victor Lustig’s advice for the up and comer. (Thanks to Steve who shared this with me forever ago.)

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Descendant
This story fragment follows the “harmlessly mad” Londoner who is confronted with a copy of the Necronomicon.

Gif of the Week:

Despite all my rage, I am still just Nicholas Cage.

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