Links and Things for May 4, 2012

Wow, this week went by fast. Which means that it’s time for my obligatory post about things I found interesting for the week. I just include links to things that came across my Twitter feed or that I encountered throughout the week. It’s not scientific, but hopefully you enjoy some of the stuff I found.

Blog Posts of Note

“Magic in the Library” by Sam Webb – Libraries are filled with wonder. I thought this post captured the magic that’s found between the card catalogues and bookshelves well.

“Advice on Advice” by Michael Haynes – This was a guest post on my blog, but I thought I’d link to it here because it’s good to remind ourselves once in a while that not all advice is equal.

“Around and Around the Writer’s Carousel: Comparisons Are Evil” by Me – Yeah, it’s narcissistic to link to my own blog post, but it was my offering to Michael’s blog. It was a fun experiment and it’s likely I’ll be offering (and posting) more guest posts in the near future.

“Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake” by Stephen King – It’s been said before but it needs to be said again and again by more people of wealth and status. Plus, King’s tone is biting and appropriate for the anger sweeping across the country.

Free Fiction

I read a lot of fantastic fiction this week in the Daily Science Fiction email subscription. Of course, I can’t link to those yet. Next week! Other stories I found interesting and fun for the week are included below:

“Heads You Win” by Lydia S. Gray

“Dolly at the End of the World” by Amanda C. Davis

Film Recommendation

Midnight in Paris – I loved this film. I was worried at first it may devolve into pretension, but considering it’s a Woody Allen film, it quickly dismisses (and despises) those with pretentious attitudes and uplifts our everyman artist protagonist, Gil. It wasn’t afraid to be romantic, to delve into nostalgia. Oftentimes, writers are told to dismiss the romantic side of “being a writer” because this doesn’t ultimately help shape your craft. But if heading down memory lane helps you realize something essential about the present and your work, what’s the harm? Plus, the depictions of famous 1920’s authors and artists are alone worth a view .

What I’m Reading

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane – Still. Yes, I’m the slowest reader ever. But I’m still enjoying this book a lot. Every scene counts and Chess is a flawed character that you can’t help liking because she reads as authentic. Plus, this entire series so far is fun.

Did you find anything cool this week? Leave it in the comments. I’d love to hear about it 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Links and Things for May 4, 2012

  1. I have this theme too. I also had your header image until recently. *shakes head* how weird.

    I read that Stephen King article a few days ago. Sorry, but I don’t side with him on his argument. Australians get taxed too much (maybe he should live here?) so if you get taxed as little as he does then rejoice!

    • I think you really missed the point that King was making. Sorry but in the U.S. the gap between the top and lower tax brackets are very different. He’s pointing out that this gap should be tightened up so more money is flowing in to our infrastructures and the burden is taken off the middle class.
      Stronger middle class with more money freed up will end up spending that extra, that spending will generate a demand and that demand will generate a need to hire more people to build up the supply thus building a strong economy. If we move forward like we are with this wide gap and expect the poor and middle class to continue to carry the burden, less people will buy his books because they need to buy food, less of his books will be ordered and then ultimately he will be paying the piper in a different way. =) simple U.S. economics.

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