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Friday Link Pack 09/04/2015

Friday Link Pack 09/04/2015

Hellllloooo Friday! It’s time for the Friday Link Pack. Some of these links I’ve mentioned on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Do you 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.) Let’s get to it…

WRITING:

Letting Go
I absolutely loved this post from Hugh Howey about the death of characters we love, the impact on readers, and how death is often cheapened by return after return after return. I’ve always struggled with media that treats death like that. (Looking at you comic books.)

How Podium Publishing Discovered The Martian Before Hollywood
A lot of folks aren’t aware that The Martian (soon to be a major motion picture) was initially an independently published novel. This article from Becky Robertson looks into the sci-fi novels rise though its audio book and a well-timed deal. [Thanks to Lola for sharing this with me.]

3 Million Judgements Of Books By Their Covers
Judgey allows users to judge books by only their covers and then compares those judgments to the Goodreads score. (It’s fun. Try it.) Anyway, this article reveals some interesting data collected after 3 million judgments. [Thanks to Ben for submitting this.]

Omby for iOS
Take one part Moby Dick, and one part word jumble and you have an addicting little puzzle game for iOS. Omby takes the entire text of Melville’s classic and turns it into a fun puzzler. It’s a lot more challenging than I expected. [Thanks to Steve for this submission]

On October 6th, It’s Time To Return To Lovat
Yesterday I announced the release date for my next novel, Red Litten World. I also released a sample chapter, which you can read here, and you can already preorder it on Amazon. Really looking forward to getting this out in the hands of my readers. I think you’ll love it.

ART:

Kari-Lise Alexander Paints Nordic Beauties In “A Lovelorn Theft”
Kari-Lise’s latest solo show opens next weekend at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco. The show runs September 12th through October 3rd. (We’ll, be there opening night. If you live in the area come on by and say hello.) In this post, High Fructose highlights many of the pieces from the upcoming show. After watching this series develop over the last six months, I’m excited to see it out in the wild. I’m really proud of her. I’m sure you’ll agree, this recent series is absolutely gorgeous.

What If Edward Gorey Illustrated Lovecraft?
John Kenn Mortensen is a Danish illustrator and children’s television producer whose illustrative style is reminiscent of Edward Gorey. Lovecraft eZine editor-in-chief Mike Davis looks at some of Mortensen’s more Lovecraftian illustrations.

Japanese Artist Places A Modern Spin On Old Woodblock Prints
I thought these animated gifs were pretty charming. Artist Segawa thirty-seven takes old woodblock prints and with the use of technology adds a bit of animation. They’re fun. You can see more work here.

RANDOM:

HD Civil War Maps
I am an enormous fan of Ken Burns. (Seriously. Ask Kari-Lise. It’s a problem.) Recently PBS has released an HD version of his The Civil War documentary series. (If you haven’t seen it, watch it, it’s incredible. I’ve watched it at least ten times.) Included with the HD update was an update to the wonderful maps used through the series, some of which you can view here.

What This Cruel War Was Over
I’ve been reflecting and researching the American Civil War a lot over the last few months. I thought this write-up from The Atlantic explaining the Confederate cause with their own words was poignant. Next time someone tries to tell you the war wasn’t about slavery, send them this.

Japan Just Created A Google Street View For Cats
Yep. Japan. Yep. Cats. I mean, are we really surprised anymore? [Thanks to Kayetlin for sending this my way.]

12 Lost American Slangisms From The 1800s
I’m not going to tell you a thumper and I hope this post isn’t too high for anyone’s nut, but the bottom fact is these old slang terms are some pumpkins. Heck, you could say the whole post is a lally-cooler.

WEIRD WIKIPEDIA:

Sedlec Ossuary
“The Sedlec Ossuary (Czech: Kostnice v Sedlci) is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints (Czech: Hřbitovní kostel Všech Svatých) in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. It is one of twelve World Heritage Sites in the Czech Republic. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones have in many cases been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic, attracting over 200,000 visitors annually.”

H.P. LOVECRAFT STORY OF THE WEEK:

The Music of Erich Zann
A student befriends a strange old musician who plays a viola da gamba and discovers that his otherworldly rhythms and melodies are more than they seem and could lead to some terrifying places.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

you say tomato...

Post Punk Icons Reimagined As Marvel Heroes

Friday Link Pack 03/27/2015

Friday is here. 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 prattle! Let’s get to it…

Writing:

30 Times The Novel Has Been Declared Dead Since 1902
The more things change the more they stay the same.

The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers
Loved this post from Lauren Panepinto on her thought process in cover design. Some great advice here. [Thanks to August for sharing this.]

Six Famous Authors Who’ve Written Fanfiction
I really love seeing the openness that is happening in the industry right now. It’s encouraging to other authors to know that even famous literary types write things like fanfiction. So often that sort of behavior was veiled behind some strange secrecy or scoffed at by the industry. Pretentiousness is dumb.

Art:

Post Punk Icons Reimagined As Marvel Heroes
Illustrator Butcher Billy takes some of the famous faces from the 80’s post-punk/new-wave scene and renders them as Marvel superheroes. Make sure you check out the DC Comics version as well.

Pixar Artist Turns R-Rated Films And Into A Children’s Book
Those iconic scenes that weren’t meant for the eyes of the little ones? Well, yeah… Josh Cooley has taken those scenes and reworked them, and they are adorable. These and more are now collected in his new book: Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile (Lil’ Inappropriate Books).

Random:

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence
My friend Nick, a hella talented designer and incredible musician, has moved to a remote cabin in northern Wisconsin to live by himself. Lucky for us, he has been documenting his experiences.

Massive Ancient Underground City Discovered In Turkey’s Nevşehir
Underground cities aren’t actually uncommon, especially in the Cappadocia region of turkey. However this recent find is special as it could be the largest underground city ever found.

Isoscope — Exploring Mobility
A neat little tool that “creates aesthetic visuals about locations that are reachable by car in a chosen time from a chosen location.” Would love to see this for more than just cars. Would be interesting to compare walking, public transportation, and biking as well.

Oldest Footage Of New York City Ever
I love stuff like this, plus pairing it with a map so you can see where the film was recorded is a huge plus. It’s always neat to see how much doesn’t change.

Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

American Redoubt
“The American Redoubt is a political migration movement first proposed in 2011 by best-selling survivalist novelist and blogger James Wesley Rawles which designates three states in the northwestern United States (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming), and adjoining portions of two other states (eastern Oregon, and eastern Washington) as a safe haven for conservative, libertarian-leaning Christians and Jews.”

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Slaying of the Monster
“Great was the clamour in Laen; for smoke had been spied in the Hills of the Dragon.” Thus begins this tiny tale with a tiny (and pretty obvious) twist.

Gif of the Week:

haters gunna hate

Friday Link Pack 05/09/2014

Gan-Gan

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:

25 Book Covers by Janusz Stanny
Here’s a collection of beautifully designed vintage covers from Polish designer Janusz Stanny. There’s some really unique approaches with his style, would be interesting to see some of it used today.

Get the Scoop on Fair Image Usage
A good post from Writers Helping Writers covering the ins and outs of using images you find on the web. This is a good one for the self-publishing/indie crowd.

The Number One Reason Writers Give Up
My friend Lauren Sapala explores the real reason why many writers abandon their work and give up. Lauren is also a writing coach, and editor, and an excellent beta reader (she read Old Broken Road). If you’re looking for help I’d highly recommend her.

Art:

New York City photographed with the Game Boy Camera in 2000
My friend Peter shared this with me. A fantastic collection of photographs of New York taken with an old Game Boy Camera.

Gan-Gan
“She had a good good heart. She was beautiful.” A haunting little video from Gemma Green-Hope for her grandmother.

Random:

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity
Hit a snag in your own creative endeavors? Go take a walk.

In Deep: The dark and dangerous world of extreme cavers.
Fascinating piece in The New Yorker following a group of people who spend much of their time in some of the deepest caves in the world.

Embarrassing dad at electronic music festival
This guy is just the best. Seriously.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Dreams in the Witch House
A creepy old croan and an even creepier Brown Jenkins.

Farewell Gif of the Week:

And it goes on and on and on...

Friday Link Pack 01/10/14

from the "Stainless Series" by Adam Magyar

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 year? Let me know!

Writing:

Building A Better Cover
I want to draw attention to this article I posted yesterday where I share some advice on what you can do as an indie writer to create a stunning cover for your book.

20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World
Flavorwire assembles a neat little list of some truly beautiful book stores. I want to go to all of them.

Novelist Error Messages
Cute little error messages that might pop up if writers were an operating system as opposed to a novelist. (Thanks to Josh Montreuil for the tip.)

Art:

Einstein’s Camera
Adam Magyar takes stunning motion photos using custom built cameras. The results are shockingly beautiful. If there’s one link you click today, make it this one. (Thanks to Erik Hedberg for the tip.)

Illusion Painting by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu
One tree and a carefully placed wrapping makes for an awesome optical illusion that is just too cool.

Photos of Families Posing With Everything They Own
As you’ll see the actual title ends with: “Will Make You Appreciate What You Have.” For some folks that might be the case, but for me this photo series made me realize many of us have too much.

Random:

The Top 20 TV Songs You Tracked Down This Year
Shazam is an app that helps you discover a song you’re listening too, it’s pretty handy. Here’s the list of the top 20 songs their users discovered last year. Clearly The Walking Dead is doing something right.

Neverending Story Characters Reimagined
Nicolas Francoeur reimagines the classic characters from the 1984 cult classic The Neverending Story if the movie were made today.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

At the Mountains of Madness
One of Lovecraft’s most loved stories is a good read for the new year. It’s longer than most of his stuff, so if you don’t want to read it online you can get audio editions all over the place.

Farewell Gif of the Week:

Tally-ho!
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Friday Link Pack 12/20/13

The Tió de Nadal: a pooping Christmas log.

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? Let me know!

Writing:

The best literary spats of 2013
The Guardian rounds up the best literary fights of this year. From Jonathan Franzen to Bret Easton Ellis.

What To Do BEFORE You Reinvent Yourself In 2014
Lauren Sapala offers some simple advice on how to set yourself up for the approaching new year. Good stuff.

The Moral Villain
Want to give your antagonists a bit more edge? Becca Puglisi shares some good advice on how to create a moral villain.

Art:

Fancy Lad’s Old Timey Book Faces
Fun redesign of classic book covers. My favorite’s probably Moby Dick. So good.

One Room Transformed Into 14 Surreal Fantasy Landscapes
Foregoing photoshop Korean artist Jee Young Lee creates stunning photographs in her tiny studio. It’s beautiful stuff.

Random:

Matt Gemmell on Gamers
I love games, but lately there has been some concerning behavior coming from a repulsive vocal minority regarding the treatment of women. Matt Gemmell writes a sharply written article about how some gamers treat women in their industry. I couldn’t agree with him more. It’s time for some gamers to grow up.

Tió de Nadal or the Christmas Log
Move over Krampus, this log with a face that you beat with sticks until it poops treats might be my new favorite weird Christmas tradition.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Christmas
It’s very short and pretty cheesy but fitting for the season I suppose.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

Walter was the nicest guy. He always got such joy in brining kittens to his friends.
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Friday Link Pack 11/08/2013

Typhoon Haiyan
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! I’m always looking for new links if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Philippines:

As of today, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history is slamming into the Philippines causing catastrophic damage with wind gusts up to 235mph. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or another relief charity of your choice. A little help goes a long way.

Writing:

Urban Fantasy Covers – Time to Move On?
Sarah over at Bookworm Blues asks some serious questions about the tropey and misleading style of Urban Fantasy book covers. I completely agree with her conclusion, it’s time for a change.

The Standard Memorandum
Jon Contino brings you journal keeping types the perfect little book to track the small and important events that happened in your life.

Four Types of Character Flaws
The good folks over at Writers Helping Writers have assembled this great post covering the four types of flaws to use when writing your characters.

Art:

Wowly Heck
Illustrator Heath Lewis (@heathisbest) melds scientific illustration and creepy monsters. The work is awesome.

Nicholas Delort
Dark, moody, amazing lighting. Delort captures a lot of the same tone as old masters like Albrecht Durer and Gustave Dore. Love his work.

Random:

If All the Ice Melted
I have seen interactive maps like this before covering this same topic, but none have been of this quality or had the authority of National Geographic behind them. It’s a fascinating and scary look at the future of our planet.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Modern Trailer
Serious. Brooding. Scary. Everything “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” isn’t, but you wouldn’t know that from this recut trailer.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Old Bugs
In which Lovecraft (a teetotaler) makes his case against alcohol.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

BUNNY!

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