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Friday Link Pack 11/22/13

Pause by Kyle Thompson
“Pause” (2013) by Kyle Thompson

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 stuff so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Note: Due to travel and American holidays I won’t be posting a link pack next week. So I have made this one extra big.

Philippines Relief:

As with last few week I want to keep the focus on providing aid for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or find another relief charity of your choice. Any help you give goes a long way.

Writing:

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet
I love following the evolution of language. It’s fascinating to see how to words we use on a daily basis change over time, especially when influenced by something as profound as the internet.

The One Thing You’re Doing to Block Your Writing Success
Lauren Sapala discusses how not personally recognizing what you do is a hindrance to success as a writer. You can replace “writer” with anything: designer, chef, singer, it doesn’t matter. If you have a passion recognize it and be proud of the work you’re doing.

The 8 Most Influential People in E-Book Single Publishing
HuffPo compiles a list of CEOs, editors, and reporters who make up the world of E-Book single publishing. If you’re an indie author, this is good info to know.

C. S. Lewis Reviews The Hobbit, 1937
“For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery.”

Write What You Love, or Write What Sells?
Speculative Fiction author Chuck Wendig answers a question posed to him by a reader about writing to the market. As usual, I agree with his answer. (NSFW language, but you should know that because it’s Wendig.)

Art:

The theme this week is photography. To start things off…

The Surreal Photography of Kyle Thompson
I really like the mood evoked by Thompson’s work. It has a fantastical and ethereal quality a lot of photographers strive towards and few ever achieve.

“Air Drive” Series by Renaud Marion
One part classic cars. One part futurism. One part elegant photography. Mix.

All the Queens Men: Photographing a Man’s World in NYC’s Outer Borough
I love photojournalism. This series by Katie Murray examining the male blue-collar residents of Queens, New York is a stunning picture of modern Americana.

Fan Art Pinterest Board!
I have a new board up on Pinterest where I am displaying the fan art surrounding my stories. It’s awesome seeing different artists take on my worlds. I love seeing this stuff and I love sharing it with everyone. If you have a piece let me know!

Random:

Snakes Wearing Tiny Hats
Exactly what it says, it’s snakes wearing tiny hats. Why, because snakes.

Apollo Spacesuit Cutaway
This old Apollo A7L Space Suit cutaway is really interesting. I love the level of detail.

8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery to This Day
io9‘s list of ruined cities is not only fascinating but also a great way to awaken your inner Indiana Jones. (Like your inner Indiana Jones was ever asleep anyway.)

Timelapse of the Imperceptible Effects of Aging Created from Family Portraits by Anthony Cerniello
We have seen these sort of things done before, but I don’t think I have seen it done as well. Watch the whole thing. All the way through.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Alchemist
Lovecraft’s first short story told in the first person and following the last surviving member of a long family line that is staring death in the face.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

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Friday Link Pack 11/15/13

Before They Pass Away
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 with last week I want to keep the focus on aid for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or find another relief charity of your choice. Any help you give goes a long way.

Writing:

Google Gets Total Victory Over Authors Guild: Book Scanning Is Fair Use
I’m in the camp that believes this is a good copyright decision. Expect some bluster from big publishing.

The Common Core’s absurd new reading guidelines
Well… this is interesting, using Lexile scoring the Fed’s have deemed The Hunger Games as more “complex” than The Grapes of Wrath. Simple text ≠ simple content.

How Do You Spot a Good Editor and Avoid the Amateurs?
Publishing Perspectives offers some simple advice on how to find a good editor. If you’re an indie author this is very much worth the read.

Note: A lot of these articles are gleaned from the fantastic blog The Passive Voice. If you’re not a daily reader of PG then you should rectify that immediately.

Art:

Before They Pass Away
Photographer Jimmy Nelson turns his lens on some of the last remaining tribes on earth. The result is both beautiful and fascinating.

Danger Country
A surreal, sometimes bizarre, and always well written long form web comic from Levon Jihanian. You should be subscribing to this.

Random:

The Robots Are Here
Politico takes a look at the future of the worlds workforce as robots begin to replace more and more of our blue collar jobs. (Spoiler: Basically Asimov was right.)

The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat
Great list showing some of the stranger designs to ancient helmets. I think my favorite is the he Horned Helmet, Innsbruck, Austria. Thanks to Sky for the tip!

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

From Beyond
Published in The Fantasy Fan in June 1934, From Beyond follows a scientist as he explores an alternate reality.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:

Brothers

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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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