Friday Link Pack 04/10/2015

It’s Friday! That mean 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? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Enough jibba-jabba, let’s get to it…

The Hugos & Puppygate:

I am not going to spend any time commenting on this as the internet doesn’t need another block of text to sift through. But, since it’s “rocking” the sci-fi/fantasy world, I feel that I’d be remiss not to at least mention a few articles. Basically it’s about what you’d expect:

Writing:

The Hermit Life: The Isolation Of Writing And The Necessity Of Others
Fellow writer and my good friend J. Rushing explores our consistently lonely existence as writers and his solutions on injecting a bit of human interaction into his life. (You should also subscribe to his blog.)

Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better
“Better,” for now. Look, I don’t care how you read. Just read. Still, interesting information. Wonder how long it’ll remain valid. I think we’ll see a fundamental shift in the near future.

10 Twenty-First Century Bestsellers People Tried to Ban (and Why)
The stories behind people trying to ban books is always fascinating to me. History has proven that when one tries to impose prohibition the effect is usually opposite of the intent. What was it Mark Twain said? Oh yeah: “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.”

A Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit
When it comes to marketing, a lot of writers listen to experts and are frustrated with results. Angela Ackerman brings some advice about setting expectations when it comes book marketing.

A Norwescon 38 Debriefing
Last weekend I attended Norwescon in SeaTac, Washington. In this post I breakdown all the stuff I experienced. Spoiler: I had a great, if not somewhat exhausting, time.

Art:

The Art of Sandeep Karunakaran
Since I spend a lot of time immersed in the Lovecraft fandom I occasionally come across some great artists. Recently I found the work of illustrator Sandeep Karunakaran and fell in love. I’ll probably feature him in a Visual Inspiration post in the future.

Science Fiction And Fantasy In The Marvel Universe
Seventies nostalgia blog, Diversions of the Groovy Kindhighlights a 1978 article from FOOM magazine featuring some incredible art. The cover alone is worth seeing.

Michael Tunk, Collages
It’s no secret I love westerns. (Hell, just read Old Broken Road.) So when I found this western/modern collages by Michael Tunk I fell in love. They’re both fascinating and evocative. See more on Tunk’s tumblr.

Random:

Two Medieval Monks Invent Bestiaries
Admit it, you always wanted a glimpse at the hilarious conversations going on behind the scenes as monks illustrated their illuminated manuscripts. Thankfully The Toast is here for you. Two Medieval Monks is now a whole series, so don’t forget to check out Two Medieval Monks Invent Dinner Parties and Two Medieval Monks Invent Maps. [Thanks to Emily for sharing this.]

Own Your Own Submarine Pits
For the small price of twenty-one million dollars you to can own your own private submarine pits used during the Cuban Missile Crisis. What’s twenty-one million these days? [Insert your favorite San Francisco housing-price joke here.] Seems like a bargain for land that will be underwater in the few decades.

The DEA Has Trippy Looking Patches That Make You Kinda Want To Do Drugs
I love patches. So when my friend Tara shared this link I was all over it. The title isn’t lying, these are some trippy looking patches. I mean, that’s a scorpion wearing headphones. [Thanks to Tara for sharing this.]

Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

Bloop
“Fox’s hunch is that the sound nicknamed Bloop is the most likely to come from some sort of animal, because its signature is a rapid variation in frequency similar to that of sounds known to be made by marine beasts. There’s one crucial difference, however: in 1997 Bloop was detected by sensors up to 4800 kilometres (2982.582 miles) apart. That means it must be far louder than any whale noise, or any other animal noise for that matter. Is it even remotely possible that some creature bigger than any whale is lurking in the ocean depths? Or, perhaps more likely, something that is much more efficient at making sound?”

Of course, we mythos fans already know the answer…

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Statement of Randolph Carter
The main character from Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle attempts to explain to police why he was found wandering a swamp in shock and what happened to his friend Harley Warren.

Gif of the Week:

I could not stop laughing.

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