Links and Things for May 11, 2012

I’m afraid this is going to be a short one today. I’ve been busy this week and haven’t had as much time as I usually do to devote to reading blogs and engaging in media in general. But I did happen across a few cool things I wanted to share.

Blog Posts of Note

Too Smart for Kids: A Promise to the Readers of Fairyland by Catherynne Valente – Because books should be challenging and reading for kids is an act of discovery. Yes, yes, yes.

Vocabulary  by Christie Yant – Discusses the joy of learning new vocabulary while reading. I’m lazy and often try to glean the meaning of a word I don’t know from context alone. Since a Kindle has been added to my life, I can look up words as I go. My desire to learn new words and my laziness are satisfied.

Using Index Cards to Plan Short Fiction Submissions by Michael Haynes – It’s exactly what it sounds like but I think I need to do something similar if I want to get all these languishing stories off my hard drive and back out into the world.

Free Fiction

“An Old Acquaintance” by K.G. Jewell

What I’m Reading

I finally finished Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane. It’s really a quick read, I was just reading slow, if that makes sense. Super fun and I recommend the whole series so far. I may read the next book in this series, City of Ghosts or maybe something else like Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. Not sure what I’ll dive into next. Anybody have suggestions?

What have you found this week? Leave it in the comments!

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Links and Things for Friday April 27, 2012

It’s that time again. Where I go back through what I’ve retweeted or generally enjoyed in the previous week and share some linkage with you all.

Blog Posts of Note

“The Greatest Writing Advice You Will Ever Receive Anywhere Ever” at After Ever After

Hilarious and true. I don’t want to spoil it, so just read it.

“How I Get Back Up When I Fall Down” by Carrie Cuinn

An insightful and inspiring look at how to keep going, even when life gets in the way of your goals. In short: just keep writing.

“The Big Idea: Chuck Wendig” by uhh Chuck Wendig

About the inspiration behind his novel, Blackbirds. It’s much more interesting than my description of it. Really. I promise.

“DIY: Creating My Own eBook, Part One” by Michael Haynes

Have you ever thought about self-publishing a short story, novella, novel, poetry collection, whatever? This post offers a step-by-step look and building an eBook for Kindle Direct Publishing. Straightforward and useful.

Free Fiction

“A Special Day” by Shannon Fay

“Machine Washable” by Keffy R.M. Kehrli

What I’m Reading

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane. I put Shadows Linger off to the side for a bit and now I’m enjoying book 2 of the Downside series. I don’t normally read urban fantasy, but this series is hard not to love. It’s fast-paced and suspenseful as hell. A fine example of tight, polished writing.

And another week draws to a close. Going to Disneyland tomorrow because it’s my birthday today! I’m twenty…*mumbles* and very much looking forward to another day in the sun. It’s good to get away from the computer once in a while. 🙂

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!