Friday Link Pack 04/17/2015

Friday Link Pack 04/17/15

BOOM! 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 chatter, let’s get to it…

Writing:

How To Talk About Your Novel
I have been to a few conventions now and it surprises me how many authors aren’t able to talk about their books with readers and other authors. It’s important! Thankfully, author and editor J. W. Troemner has some great insight on how to solve some of the common pitfalls folks have when discussing their work.

Goodnight Dune
It’s no secret that Dune is amazing. If you appreciate Frank Herberts masterpiece like I do, then you’ll love the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon retold with an Arrakis theme. (If you’re more of a George R. R. Martin fan, Laughing Squid put together a Goodnight Westeros for you.)

One Indie Author’s Debut Year Income
We’ve seen authors talk about their year-to-date earnings, and it’s awesome to see folks so open about the money they’re making (or not making.) Romance Authors Jessi Gage opens up and compares her 2013 to her 2014.

Top 105 Blogs And Websites For Writers
It’s always good to have a stable of great sites to read. In the name of excess, e-booksindia had put together a list of one-hundred and five blogs and sites for you to browse. Here’s a handy list of some great resources for writers.

I’m Doing A Live Reading This Saturday, Here’s How You Can Tune In
If you missed my post from yesterday, I am doing a live reading using the new app Periscope and you can tune in. Hit the post for details. See you tomorrow!

Art:

Antigirl – A Love Story Documentary in the City of Angels
I love it when artists bear their souls. So often we feel like we’re alone in our journey of creativity, it’s encouraging to know others out there go through similar struggles. With that in mind I highly recommend you watch this rad documentary about the journey of Tiphanie Brooke and Mike Polson, two incredible LA-based artists.

The Art of Alyssa Winans
Beautiful artwork from illustrator and game artist Alyssa Winans. I really dig her See America series, but all her work is solid. I’m a fan.

Nicolas Martin, Paintings
If you have been following my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I love atmosphere. You see why I dig French artist Nicholas Martin’s work. Moody and beautiful. See more on his website as well.

Random:

Professor Decodes 10 Words From Mysterious Voynich Manuscript
One of histories weirdest mysteries, the Voynich manuscript has remained untranslated since its discovery. Now Stephen Bax, a professor of applied linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire in England, has translated ten words in the strange codex. More info on his site.

Mapping Migration in the United States
I love maps. So when I saw this New York Times map showing the migration patterns within the United States I knew I’d be sharing it here. Interesting how so many folks in our melting pot of a nation don’t move too far from home. West stays to West, East to East, and South to South.

Arcology: Cutaways Of The Future City-Hives That Never Were
The futurist idea of arcologies is a mainstay of science fiction. I even play with the concept in the Bell Forging books. So when I saw this post from Cory Doctorow about Paolo Soleri’s 1969 book: Arcology: The City in the Image of Man. It was something I was very interested in. The book sounds fascinating, but the images… you need to see the images. [Thanks to Steve for sharing this.]

Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

Agloe, New York
Agloe is a fictional place in Delaware County, New York, that became an actual landmark. In the 1930s, General Drafting Company founder Otto G. Lindberg and an assistant, Ernest Alpers, assigned an anagram of their initials to a dirt-road intersection in the Catskill Mountains: NY 206 and Morton Hill Road, north of Roscoe, New York. The town was designed as a copyright trap.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Curse of Yig
Don’t mess with the snake god.

Gif of the Week:

They see me rollin'...

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