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Friday Link Pack 06-05-2015

Friday Link Pack 06/05/2015

Wow, what a week. I come down from Lilac City Comicon and right into a whirlwind of a cover reveal. However, today is Friday. That means it is time for the Friday Link Pack where I 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.) Let’s get to it…


Amazon.com Announces The Most Well-Read Cities In America
And guess who is at #1?  Spoiler Alert, it’s my hometown. The emerald of the West Coast, the one, the only: Seattle, Washington! YAY! Hometown pride aside, there is some interesting revelations in this list. I can’t tell if Vegas reading the most romance is the sweetest or saddest thing.

Physical Attribute Thesaurus Collection
I really like these collections from Writers Helping Writers. When I write it’s common for me to forget the simplest of words and I find these Thesauruses useful when I need help loosening up. I actually own a few books from their Thesaurus collection, in both physical and ebook editions. Highly recommend them.

The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I am a stickler for good typography. I appreciate a well-designed book and it all starts with the type. It has always hurt my heart a bit when viewing books on the Kindle. However, there is some big upgrades coming and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal
Yesterday, I announced the new cover for Red Litten World, book  three in my Lovecraftian urban fantasy series, The Bell Forging Cycle. The response across the internet has been stellar, twitter has blown up, and I’ve been getting some great emails. I can’t wait to share this one with everyone.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal Giveaway
Along with the cover reveal, I am doing a giveaway. Win signed copies of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road, as well as a Bell Caravans patch, swag, and a $50 Amazon gift card. Entering is easy and there are a lot of ways to increase your chances to win. Do it today!


Kari-Lise Featured In Beautiful.Bizzare Magazine, Issue 009
The latest issue of the pop surrealism magazine, Beautiful.Bizzare has arrived and inside you’ll find a feature on my incredibly talented wife and partner, Kari-Lise Alexander. I highly recommend checking it out.

The Art Of Sandeep Karunakaran
I’ll occasionally stumble across a great artist on DeviantArt. This week the sci-fi/horror work of Sandeep Karunakaran really stood out. It’s a fun blend of the terrifying with an animated style that I really appreciate. I think you will too.

Maskull Lasserre Carves Skeletons Into Souvenir Sculptures And Decoys
Stumbled across Lasserre’s work last week and wanted to save it for the next Link Pack. Something very satisfying within these pieces. It’s as if Lasserre is revealing a secret world we all hope exists.


I Won A $5,000 Magic: The Gathering Tournament On Shrooms
I’ve never done shrooms, but this article is hilarious regardless. As my friend Rob pointed out, this is the Magic: The Gathering version of James Blagden’s Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No. [Thanks to Rob for sharing this.]

Clever Glass Fountain Pen Lets You Write With Any Liquid
Okay, it probably says a lot about me that the first thought I had when I saw this was: BLOOD! I don’t know if it says anything good. But there you have it. [Thanks to Lola Landekic for sending this my way.]

Seinfeld’s Never-Before-Seen Fourth Wall
I’m a huge Seinfeld fan, so finding out little details like this really makes me happy.


Devil’s Footprints
“The Devil’s Footprints is a name given to a phenomenon that occurred in February 1855 around the Exe Estuary in East Devon and South Devon, England. After a heavy snowfall, trails of hoof-like marks appeared overnight in the snow covering a total distance of some 40 to 100 miles. The footprints were so called because some people believed that they were the tracks of Satan, as they were allegedly made by a cloven hoof. Many theories have been put forward to explain the incident, and some aspects of its veracity have also been called into question…”


Medusa’s Coil
What starts with a pleasant drive ends in B-movie schlock.


the struggle

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:


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.


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.


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:

“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.