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 🙂

Links and Things for Friday April 20, 2012

So I’m thinking about starting a new feature on this here blog. Every Friday, I’ll go into some detail about things I’ve found interesting/enjoyable/thought-provoking for the week. They might be other blog posts. They might be short stories. They might even be movies I’ve watched. It will all depend on the week and what I came across during the previous seven days. Sound good?

For the first installment of Links and Things, I offer a truly mixed bag of treats, originating online and off.

Blog Posts of Note

“Dear Daughter” by Mur Lafferty
As someone who’s popping out a kid in a few months, this touched me. If I have a little girl, I’m already thinking of ways to combat the culture of girl=bad.

“Let Me Tell You About the Birds and the Bees: Gender and the Fallout Over Christopher Priest” by Catherynne Valente
So technically, this was posted last week, but it resonated with me so I’m linking to it anyway. Essentially, Cat argues that women experience much harsher criticism for daring to state their opinions. And read the comments. They prove her point.

Free Fiction

Here are a few short stories I enjoyed this week:

“Far From Shore” by Lydia S. Gray

“A Shard Glows in Brooklyn” by Alex Shvartsman

“Older, Wiser, Time Traveler” by M. Bennardo

Film Recommendation

Drive. Awesome film. From the very first scene, I was tensed up and holding my breath. Stylized, surreal, and foreboding are words that come to mind when trying to describe it. I’ll be thinking about this one for a while.

What I’m Reading

Shadows Linger by Glen Cook. I recently finished The Black Company, so I’m delving into book 2 of the series. Luckily,  I have the edition with the first three books in one volume, so I’m set on reading material for a bit.

That’s it for now. Care to share anything you found interesting this week? Leave a note in the comments!