- It’s snowing. Nothing is sticking though.
- A few days ago they were calling for some decent snowfall today into tomorrow, but it’s not going to be cold enough for that. This makes me very sad.
- Today is the release day for Jim Butcher‘s Cold Days, the newest installment in the Harry Dresden series. Whee!
- Today is also the release day for Ilona Andrews‘ Steel’s Edge which is the final book in her Edge series. Also Whee!!
- I will be making a trip to Barnes and Noble this afternoon in order to acquire both books.
- There are just 36 hours left to donate to the Help Revitalize Books of Wonder IndieGoGo campaign. Won’t you please consider donating?
- This Saturday night I’m going to be seeing Neil Gaiman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Neri Oxman all on one stage. You have no idea how excited I am by this.
- I’m not familiar with Neri, but she sounds like an amazing woman and I can’t wait to hear her speak.
- Thanksgiving was last week and I haven’t even started shopping for gifts yet.
- I foresee this being another year of scrambling to get everything done at the last minute.
Why am I calling it a link souffle? I have no idea. It’s just what popped into my head as I was typing the header.
First off, I really need to step away from ancestry.com. My best friend has an account and she’s letting me build my family tree on it. I’ve literally spent the last three days doing nothing but building my family tree. Or trying to at least. I can get just about every line OUT of the United States, but as soon as I’m across the pond all of the trails turn to dead ends. It’s very frustrating. Especially since my best friend has gotten her husband’s lineage all the way into the 300’s. Back to the Roman legions stationed in Britain. I am jealous.
Jim C. Hines has an excellent post up about Amazon and their E-book Pricing. It’s a good reminder that Amazon is not looking out for authors, they’re looking out for Amazon.
J.K. Rowling has signed a deal with Little Brown for her adult novel. As much as I love Jo and the Potter-verse, I’m going to reserve my squeeing over this until I actually read the book. Just because she wrote one of the best children’s/YA series I’ve ever read doesn’t mean she’ll be able to make the leap to adult.
Chuck Wendig has another 25 Things list up. This one is for the “aspiring” writer. His words aren’t just for the so-called aspiring writer, though. Go forth and read him. Warning: Do not read his blog while drinking any sort of liquid unless you are okay with needing to buy a new keyboard.
Also, I would just like to note that I started writing this post at 5PM on Sunday and it is still light outside. I love this time of year.
And don’t forget to enter here for a chance to receive a copy of Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon!
I have a new story (yes, yet another new story) eating my brain, so today’s post is just going to be a bunch of links to other people’s intelligent babblings.
Jim C. Hines talks about how being a Black Belt and Writing are similar. I’ve been seriously considering taking up some form of martial arts, so this was a very interesting post for me.
Over at Black Ink, White Paper Eden Baylee talks about Rude Behaviour on Twitter. Social media can be a new and confusing place for a lot of people. It would be so much better for everyone if people just followed her simple suggestions.
This story from the Atlantic Wire about An Unpublished Novelist’s Week as Fake Cormac McCarthy is a perfect example of what not to do on Twitter.
Yesterday, Ilona Andrews talked about Inspiration and her trick for becoming unstuck from writer’s block. It’s actually a suggestion I’ve never seen before, so next time I run into a wall, I may just employ this technique.
Kameron Hurley talks about Self-Sabotage:
Failure is always easier than success. It’s easy to say that you failed because of some external thing. It’s harder to get up, dust yourself off, and say, “Next time, I’ll do better.”
Amen, sister. Amen.
And, as usual, Mr. Chuck Wendig has several fabulous posts up. The first is last week’s post about 25 Things Writers Should Know About Agents. This week he talks about 25 Things You Should Know About Story Structure.
1. I heard back from Cameron about my revisions. She likes the changes I made and will get her notes to me soon. Yay! This means I can stop fretting over whether she liked them or not and if she was going to kick me to the curb because I suck.
2. I’m at around the 7k words point in my YA Zombies! novel. Going to see if I can nudge it past the 10k point this weekend. I usually try not to push myself too hard on the weekends to get writing done, however, except for one day last week, I’ve been slacking off quite a bit.
3. Next week is the release date for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I’ve seen people raving about this book for several weeks now and it looks like one of those darkly magical tales that’s going to leave me feeling like the world’s most incompetent writer. Erin has two interviews up at Writer Unboxed Part I, Part II
4. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, surprised a college class for an episode of mtvU’s show Stand In. They gave the students some of the best advice I’ve ever heard about crafting a story. When writing scenes, if you can insert “And then” between the scenes, you’re doing it wrong. Your scenes should be linked by “Therefore” or “But” so as to show causality and conflict. I’ve heard this explained in other ways by other writers, but this simple, no nonsense way of stating it really hit home.
5. Ilona and Gordon Andrews are giving away an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Fate’s Edge on their blog.
6. Laura Ann Gilman has a wonderful Practical Meerkat post up on Book View Cafe about what to do when you, as a writer, meet Those People (Mr. Coulda Beena Contender, Ms. Areoua Bestselleryet, Mr. Whydon’tchu).
7. And I’ll add in a bonus seventh thing and let everyone know ahead of time that I’m working on yet another guest blog. This time it’s for Lost In Fiction. I’m not 100% sure when it will be up, but I’ll keep everybody posted. Can I just say how fun it is doing guest blogs. Keep em coming people! 😉