The Returning Blog Tour Schedule, Part 2

Well, after a brief break for the July 4th, holiday, the blog tour for my second novel, The Returning, has resumed and I’m late posting links to it but here they are: 

Friday July 6 Heidi Ruby Miller Heidi’s Pick Six Interview
Saturday July 7 FMW Podcast Interview
Monday July 9 Jeremy C. Shipp The Value Of Writers In Community
Tuesday July 10 The New Author Dialogue: Making A Booktrailer On A Budget Part 1 http://the-new-author.blogspot.com/2012/07/conservation-with-bryan-thomas-schmidt.html
Wednesday July 11 Jeff Rutherford Opening The Door To Imagination: My Discovery of SFF
Thursday July 12 The New Author Dialogue: Making A Booktrailer On A Budget Part 2
Friday July 13 Claire Ashgrove World-Building : Vehicles Of The Davi Rhii Universe with Short Excerpt/Also: I rejoin Adventures In SciFi Publishing Podcast for an interview live from ConQuest 43 in Kansas City with my pal Brent Bowen.
Monday July 16 Keenan Brand Author Profile & Excerpt
Tuesday July 17 Madison Woods Guest Post: My Core Assumptions & My Writing
Wednesday July 18 Rachel Hunter Guest Post: On The Careful Use Of Ordinary Moments To Build Character In Science Fiction
Thursday July 19 Grace Bridges Character Profile: Davi Rhii with Excerpt
Friday July 20 Anne-Mhairi Simpson Guest Post: How My World Travels Have Informed My Worldview & My Writing
Monday July 23 Livia  Blackburne’s A Brain Scientist On Writing Guest Post: How To Market Your Book (& Yourself) At Cons
Tuesday July 24 L.S. King Character Profile: Miri Rhii with Excerpt
Wednesday July 25 Dana Bell Guest Post: The Saga Of Davi Rhii-Keeping The Next Book Fresh
Thursday July 26 Louis B. Shalako Interview
Friday July 27 Frank Creed Guest Post: One Advantage Of Series- It Gets Easier With Each Book
Monday July 31 Wrap Up & Giveaway Blast at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog

The tour will run through July 31st and also have another interview at Adventures In SciFi Publishing podcast amongst others. Links will be added to this post as things develop. My heartfelt gratitude  to all who have hosted and helped make this tour a success. 

And in case you missed it, here’s the posts we did in Part 1 of THE RETURNING Blog Tour:

Tuesday, May 29 Blog Tour Schedule & E-Book Release
Wednesday, May 30 Functional Nerds Guest Post: Tools For Worldbuilding (Guest Post) 
Thursday, May 31 Anthony Cardno  Guest Post: How To Run a Blog Tour For A Sequel Without Spoiling Book 1
Friday, June 1 Gary W. Olson  Character Profile & Excerpt: Xalivar
Monday, June 4 SFSignal Guest Post: 15 Science Fiction and Fantasy Thrillers Worth Your Time
Tuesday, June 5  Andrew Reeves/Jaded Muse Video Blog: Boxes (What’s yours?)
Wednesday, June 6 Reader’s Realm Excerpt from Chapter 2/ Brad R. Torgersen Catching Up With Interview
Thursday, June 7  Linda Rodriguez Guest Post: 5 Tips On Social Media For Today’s Author
Friday, June 8 Linda Poitevin Guest Post: Approaching Book 2
Monday, June 11 Elizabeth S. Craig: Mystery Writing Is Murder, Special Write Tip Guest Post: Surprise v. Suspense / Review at Functional Nerds
Tuesday, June 12 Matthew Sanborn Smith/The One Thousand: Character Profile & Excerpt: Farien Noa
Wednesday, June 13 Leah Petersen 5 Minute Interview
Thursday, June 14 Mae Empson Character Profile Interview & Excerpt: Tela Tabansi
Friday, June 15 Joshua P. Simon Interview
Monday, June 18 Bibliophile Stalker Guest Post: Culture In World-building
Tuesday, June 19 Mary Pax Dialogue: Why I Love Space Opera / Book Day Post
Wednesday, June 20 Moses Siregar Guest Post: What Makes A Story Epic
Thursday, June 21 Jaleta Clegg Guest Post: Food in Borali System
Friday, June 22 To Be Read Interview & EBook Giveaway
Sunday, June 24 THE PLATFORM Internet Radio with John Rakestraw “Finding Your Imagination
Monday, June 25 Grasping For The Wind Turning The Tables: SFFWRTCHT Interviews Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Tuesday, June 26 Ray Gun Revival Short Interview & Character Profile & Excerpt: Yao Brahma
Wednesday, June 27 AISFP Blog Essay: The Importance of The Responsible Use Of History In Fiction: Steampunk/Jamie Todd Rubin Dialogue: Space Battles In The Golden Age & Beyond
Thursday, June 28 Oops! Glitch! Post postponed to tomorrow due to unexpected travel of host blogger.
Friday, June 29 K.D. Weiland Guest Post: The Most Important Rule Of Writing: Be True To Yourself
Saturday, June  30 Patty Jansen Guest Post: Can There Be Space Opera Without Science?
Tuesday July 3 Book Day 2: Print Release!!!

Also, you can still get The Returning at 33% off for a limited time from me in either print or ebook (both signed) here.


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the author of the space opera novels The Worker Prince, a Barnes & Noble Book Clubs Year’s Best SF Releases of 2011 Honorable Mention, and The Returning, the collection The North Star Serial, Part 1, and several short stories featured  in anthologies and magazines.  He edited the anthology Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 for Flying Pen Press, headlined by Mike Resnick. As a freelance editor, he’s edited a novels and nonfiction.  He’s also the host of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every Wednesday at 9 pm EST on Twitter under the hashtag #sffwrtcht. A frequent contributor to Adventures In SF PublishingGrasping For The Wind and SFSignal, he can be found online as @BryanThomasS on Twitter or via his website. Bryan is an affiliate member of the SFWA.

Links: Best Of The Web

Rather than Links Of The Week, which was becoming hard to keep up with, I am going to try monthly links posts with the best web links I discover each month. It’s easier for me and you, because all the links will be in the same place. So here are some reads I found particularly useful this past month.

Politics:

This is awesome: a guy telling the truth about the debt situation and how we’re being screwed by politicans. http://youtu.be/gIcqb9hHQ3E

 

For Writers:

The Dark Side Of Publishing, an important warning for writers: http://www.editorialdepartment.com/resources/archives/publishing-perspectives/177-the-dark-side-of-publishing.html

Up and coming author Ken McConnell tracks his ebook sales–with interesting implications for average, unknown SF writers: http://ken-mcconnell.com/2011/04/02/a-year-of-selling-indie-sci-fi

The links in this Writer’s Digest article are invaluable tools for developing short story craft: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-take-your-short-stories-to-the-next-level

Authors RA Salvatore and Paul S. Kemp weigh in on writing action scenes: (Salvatore) http://www.omnivoracious.com/2011/08/ra-salvatore-on-how-to-write-a-damn-good-fight-scene.html (Kemp) http://paulskemp.com/blog/the-purpose-of-fight-scenes/

10 Ways Blogs Lose Audience and Alienate Readers, a warning: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/10-ways-writers-lose-blog-traffic-and-alienate-readers?et_mid=514987&rid=2992253

That controversial NPR popularity contest for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/09/139248590/top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books

Saladin Ahmed at Fantasy Magazine talking about Islamic Myths, Monsters and Morals: http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-nonfiction/the-messengers-monsters-and-moral-instructors-of-islamic-literature/

12 Essential For A Successful Author Website: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/08/15/10-essentials-for-a-successful-author-website/

10 Tips For Finding Time To Write: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/08/01/10-tips-for-finding-time-to-write/

 15 Web Resources Invaluable To Writers: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/07/28/15-web-resources-invaluable-to-writers/

10 Top Tools For Improving Your Blog: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/08/04/10-top-tools-for-improving-your-blog/

My first author interview with Anthony Cardno: http://anthonycardno.com/?p=224

Library Journal talks about epic fantasy making a comeback. Seems to me fantasy’s outdistanced SF for years but still interesting: http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/newsletters/newsletterbucketbooksmack/891346-439/epic_journeys_fantasy_makes_a.html.csp

Cat Valente, Author and Editor of Apex Magazine, reflects on reading with some profound thoughts: http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/651254.html

I09 weights in with 10 Science Fiction Books That Changed History: http://io9.com/5832078/10-science-fiction-books-that-changed-the-course-of-history

A free spreadsheet of Ebook Service Professionals, including file converters, cover designers and more: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?pli=1&key=0At-RSfaoYUZbdE0xNkZza053VEFBei1pZUZncXdmYmc&hl=en_US#gid=0

 

Shimmerzine with Confession Of A Slush Reader: http://www.shimmerzine.com/2011/03/16/confessions-of-a-slush-reader-why-should-i-care/

 

Science:

Intriguing but a bit silly perhaps. Are scientists really expecting a deep impact/Armageddon-type scenario as this article suggests: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/08/16/space-mission-aims-to-blast-asteriod-headed-for-earth/?test=faces

A fascination look at “The Uncanny Valley” a robotics concept which has implications for Science Fiction writing from author Jonathan Dalar: http://jonathandalar.blogspot.com/2011/08/crossing-uncanny-valley.html

Does the downsizing of NASA represent a loss of our sense of wonder and exploratory drive? http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/07/24/grandmas-scrapbook/

The Hubble Telescope reveals a Cosmic Necklace larger than a solar system: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/4620/hubble-reveals-cosmic-necklace-larger-a-solar-system

This articles posits NASA Scientists talk of aliens destroying Earth when greenhouse gas emissions threaten universe (turns out one of the researches works for NASA but its not NASA official): http://m.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/aug/18/aliens-destroy-humanity-protect-civilisations?cat=science&type=article+t%3Dm.guardian.co.uk

Here’s MSNBC straightening out the hoopla on the NASA-ET thing above: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/19/7419399-what-if-et-thinks-were-evil

 

Humor:

This one sticks with you but speaks for itself. A prime example of what NEVER to do with your website design: http://dokimos.org/ajff/

A humorous video where a girl who never saw Star Wars tries to explain what she knows about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJTCYdZTj2A&feature=player_embedded

Good satire about fictional Kittwood Studios, the source of all cat videos on the web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uBZRE5mXpc

How desperate is the housing situation in Vancouver, BC? Enough that this guy offers to play pet dinosaur for any landlord who gets him housing: http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/08/12/unreal-estate-man-offers-to-be-pet-dinosaur-in-exchange-for-hou/?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl6|sec3_lnk3|86098

Two WGN news anchors develop a routine to use during commercial breaks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ehlw_phys&feature=player_embedded

The Glorious Life Of An About To Published Author: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/07/29/the-glorious-life-of-an-about-to-be-published-novelist-video/

Thinking Up Ideas…It’s a Process: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/08/03/thinking-up-ideas-its-a-process-okay-video/

Jimmy Kimmel’s Chewbacca Sketch with Harrison Ford: http://bryanthomasschmidt.net/2011/07/29/272/

Links Of The Week, Vol. 2 Issue 10

http://www.suzemuse.com/2009/11/creating-amazing-video-an-e-book/ — an ebook on creating amazing videos

http://bit.ly/mxxptJ — Author David Farland on the future of publishing

http://www.radiofreealbemuth.com/ — Preview the exciting new Philip K. Dick based “Radio Free Albemuth” movie

http://kriswrites.com/2011/06/01/the-business-rusch-agents-surviving-the-transition-part-3/ — Kristine Kathryn Rusch on publishing, agents, and agents as publishers

Cool science: Lost Pyramids discovered underground in Egypt from space:http://fxn.ws/ipjyF8

http://jdsawyer.net/?p=1582 — Principles of Book Contracts from JD Sawyer

http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/ — Juliette Wade offers advice on how to find time to write

Links to all the #sffwrtcht columns on GFTW.com can now be found here: http://bit.ly/jXwJOR which also happens to be Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat’s new website.

Also, my new website is up and running, complete with blogs, store and more at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net which is where you’re reading this post, by the way.

 

Links of The Week Vol. 2 Issue 9

http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2011/05/gender-in-job-ads-and-subconscious-bias.html — Juliette Wade on subtle bias in language and how it effects people’s reactions to the text in job listings, etc. Food for thought.

A very helpful post on marketing books for authors from @yukongraham via Twitter: http://j.mp/mogMpJ 

Helpful post from my friend Sam Sykes (Tome Of the Undergates, Black Halo) on the pitfalls of the road to publication: http://samsykes.com/2011/05/sad-sacks-of-fears

A 22-year old performance poet, Sarah Kay, delivers an amazing oration dedicated to her daughter & more:
http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_kay_if_i_should_have_a_daughter.html

Resource for Writers: Dictionary of Military terminology: http://www.militaryterms.net/

My buddy @eruditeogre reviews Sam Sykes’ Black Halo for Functional Nerds, a book I’ll be reviewing this week: http://functionalnerds.com/2011/05/the-outsiders-a-review-of-black-halo-by-sam-sykes/

My buddy Jamie Todd Rubin writes for SFSignal.com on time travel: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/05/traveling-through-time-and-other-vacations-of-the-mind-part-1/

And lastly two posts from me have drawn some attention this week so I’ll list them here in case anyone missed them:

My post on tips for being good beta readers has really taken off like hot cakes. Find it here: http://bryanthomasschmidt.blogspot.com/2011/05/6-tips-for-being-good-beta-reader.html

Excerpts from my debut novel “The Worker Prince” are out and generating buzz from the hits they receive. Here they are if you’re interested: http://bryanthomasschmidt.blogspot.com/search/label/excerpt

Links of The Week Vol. 2 Issue 8

After a long delay, more helpful links:

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/08/book-publishing-glossary.html — Former agent Nathan Bransford offers a glossary of publishing lingo. Very helpful reference.

http://www.graspingforthewind.com/2011/04/07/sffwrtcht-a-chat-with-author-kristine-kathryn-rusch/?utm_source=feedburner&utm;_medium=feed&utm;_campaign=Feed%3A+GraspingForTheWind+%28Grasping+For+The+Win — my interview with author Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a lot of good info for writers. First in a column I’ll be doing weekly.

http://authorculture.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-offer-beneficial-critique.html — How To Give a Beneficial Critique

http://www.kirkusreviews.com/blog/science-fiction-and-fantasy/sf-signal-how-start-reading-science-fiction-part-1/?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150149431281144_15894166_10150149648101144#f1390c056c — SF Signal’s John DeNardo offers a new series on how to start reading SF for novices.

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2011/04/barcode-scanner-for-zebras.html — Barcodes scanners for Zebras?  Scientists develop a tool to identify unique animals by their stripes.

http://lifarre.com/socialnetwork/pg/blog/read/1181/my-unbreakable-heart-why-we-stay — Author Kimberly Kincade’s powerful essay about being in an abusive relationship

http://www.hbo.com/video/video.html?view=grid&vid;=1170886&autoplay;=true — Awesome 15 minute preview of George R. R. Martin’s “The Game Of Thrones” which comes to HBO next week.

Links Of The Week, Vol. 2, Issue 8

http://nyti.ms/exAwaz — non-traditional stores are selling more books than ever. Good news for authors, marketers, and publishers. And also for readers.

http://lmstull.com/2011/03/06/so-you-want-to-write-fantasy/ — a workshop on worldbuilding for fantasy authors and a contest to boot.

http://reluctantadults.blogspot.com/2011/03/that-setting-thing.html — Kat Richardson writes up her talk from Rainforest Writers Village Session 2 on “Setting”

http://www.shimmerzine.com/2011/03/16/confessions-of-a-slush-reader-why-should-i-care/ – a slushreader explains the slush experience and gives useful tips on how to get your story to succeed

Links of The Week Vol. 2 Issue 7

http://www.blackgate.com/2011/02/27/epic-fantasy-notes-toward-a-definition/ — Black Gate column discussing what is epic fantasy?

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150111579106705&id;=689201067 — Why heroes are still important, related to the above. Another perspective: http://bit.ly/hHRRfk

http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2011/03/ttyu-retro-show-dont-tell-exposed.html — Great post on Show V. Tell–often a bane of writer’s existences– by the talented Juliette Wade.

http://faerye.net/post/find-n — Great post by Felicity Shoulders on dealing with rejection as a writer.

http://bit.ly/dTATvX — a slush reader’s warning about getting your science right. Important for writers. From writer Patty Jansen.

Links of the Week, Vol. 2, Issue 6

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2011/02/biz-ladies-photo-usage.html — important information on rights and using photos online. Important for every blogger and website owner.


http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2011/02/expansion-of-global-information-wars.html — My extremely smart and talented friend Juliette Wade offers her perspective on controversy over approaches to good v. evil in fantasy


http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/blog/2010/10/12/ebook-opportunities/ — a successful self-published author rates the various self-pub options and his experiences with them.


http://tinyurl.com/5u2whmo — agent Jennifer Laughran on how agents decide where to submit clients’ manuscripts.


http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2011/02/19/book-bloggers-can-help-sell-your-book-tips-for-authors/ — The importance of Book Bloggers in selling your books. Important strategy for authors.


http://networkedblogs.com/eFg9y — My friend Moses Siregar, a talented writer, explains how to network well and grow from it by hanging out with successful writers, and, coincidentally, articulates the purpose for which I started #sffwrtcht on Twitter.


Article on Indiana Governor who turned an inherited $600 million deficit into a $370 million surplus the next year http://on.wsj.com/eYLGrE

Links of the Week, Vol. 2, Issue 6

http://bit.ly/hL9b59 — Jon Sprunk writes on TOR.com about the problems with basing your speculative fiction on Role Playing Games.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/the-lay-scientist/2011/feb/13/3 — Science commentator asks if political bias is a problem in science. I think it is but either way, thought provoking.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/cory-doctorow/article/46105-with-a-little-help-the-early-returns.html — Cory Doctorow’s Publisher’s Weekly column on the release of his short story collection via Lulu. Interesting stuff re: publishing.

http://www.enter.net/~torve/critics/Dream/dream1.html — Fascinating essay on “The Death of Science Fiction

http://io9.com/#!5762349/stardust-probe-sifts-through-the-remains-of-a-collision-between-comet-and-machine
— Comet and Machine collide and provide valuable data on the makeup of a comet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw_GnjE-des — Mr. Rogers learns to break dance. A funny reminder of a great show.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/a-doctor-at-the-funeral — Passionate, moving article of a doctor’s reaction to attending the funeral of one of her cancer patients.

Links of the Week, Vol. 2, Issue 5

http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-awesomely-untranslatable-words-from-around-the-world/ — 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words From Around The World

http://bit.ly/dvXW35 — 20 Obsolete English Words Which Should Make a Comeback (this one comes courtesy of Mary Robinette Kowal and is quite amusing)

http://lilt.ilstu.edu/golson/punctuation/ — brilliantly helpful, simplified post on how to correctly use key punctuation in English. Very useful for writers.

http://www.forwriters.com/taxes.html –Taxes For Writers, a historical and contemporary view

http://www.sparkfun.com/marcomm/Heaterizer-Instructions-01.jpg — a rarity, a product manual that’s fun, even entertaining, to read. The Heaterizer.

http://www.mbranesf.com/2011/02/two-spaces-controversy-and-other-notes.html – Important commentary on manuscript formatting and the whole “double space/full stop” controversy from MBraneSF. I heartily agree with them.

http://community.livejournal.com/sfwa/210297.html — 10 great resources for writing hard space-based SF from my friend Mike Brotherton

Links of the Week, Vol. 2, Issue 4

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/kitty_pet — funny truth for cat owners.

http://linkd.in/fvhoul — Top 5 Internet Marketing Ideas You Probably Don’t Know About.  Good tips for writers especially.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM — From my friend Jay Lake, one of the funnier videos I’ve seen in a while with a musician ranting about hating “Pachelbel’s Canon.”

http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/query-letter-suicide/ — what not to write in your query letters from agent Jill Corcoran

http://jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/2010/04/formula-for-query-letter.html — Agent Jill Corcoran’s Formula For A Query Letter


http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/2011/01/27/writing-on-the-high-seas/ — Interesting thoughts on Piracy from Tobias Bucknell

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/science/03planet.html?_r=2&emc;=eta1 — 1200 new planets discovered? Vey exciting stuff!

Links Of The Week, Vol. 2, Issue 3

http://shunn.livejournal.com/524615.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm;_medium=twitter — A great example from Bill Shunn of the “entitlement gone wrong” mentality plaguing our society. This kind of crap goes on all the time and it always ticks me off.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/01/13/pope-benedict-reconciles-science-religion/?test=faces – Pope Benedict reconciles God and the Big Bang.  Interesting.

http://emunderwood.com/2011/01/15/2011-publishers-round-table/ — Discussion on the future of publishing with Del Rey Spectra, Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, and Small Beer Press.

http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/01/you-can-have-my-double-space-when-you-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands/69592/ — funny diatribe re: double spacing after sentences and learning to type on a typewriter

http://gizmodo.com/5736217/scientist-discovers-time-teleportation — Is Time Travel possible?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17jymDn0W6U&feature;=player_embedded — The Universe as we know it in a stunning video

http://www.classicshorts.com/index.shtml — source of classic short stories online to read for enjoyment or learning

http://bit.ly/dYtkdS — a funny cartoon courtesy of my friend Rajan Khanna.

 http://yfrog.com/gy6jzmj  a funny indictment of the political process.  

 http://bit.ly/gdE9lz — TOR.com examines religious science fiction

Links Of The Week, Vol. 2, Issue 2

http://io9.com/5714039/the-14-best-speculative-fiction-books-of-2010 – includes books reviewed here among others.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/01/10/big-news-first-solid-exoplanet-found/?utm_source=feedburner&utm;_medium=feed&utm;_campaign=Feed:+BadAstronomyBlog+(Bad+Astronomy)&utm;_content=FaceBook — First solid exoplanet found.  Fascinating science.

http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/editing-and-proofreading-tips-%E2%80%93-5-ways-to-proofread-your-writing/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm;_medium=twitter — Editing  & Proofreading Tips to Improve Your Own Writing

http://m.smh.com.au/victoria/river-rescue-as-sex-toy-ditches-rider-20110117-19sra.html — one of the funnier news stories I’ve read in a long while.

http://beta.io9.com/#!5735083/10-flame+throwing-contraptions-thatll-keep-those-dang-kids-off-your-lawn – Another great laugh from I09: Flame Throwing Contraptions That’ll Keep Those Dang Kids Off Your Lawn

http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/ — A newly discovered market and source of heroic fantasy stories: Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.  Some good reading here.

http://beta.io9.com/#!5733980/downbelow-station-heres-how-you-write-a-novel — From IO9, Here’s How You Write a Novel: Revising CJ Cherryh’s “Down Below Station”

Links Of The Week, Vol. 2, Issue 1

http://eruditeogre.blogspot.com/2010/12/idea-train-and-alluring-countryside.html — thoughtful post on the internet as a distraction for writers.

http://bit.ly/eRAvt4 — writer Jason Sanford’s essay on how one famous writer’s tendency to accuse others of plaigarism has harmed his own legacy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12093345 — scientists rethinking the theories of human ancestry

http://www.theonion.com/articles/robots-speak-out-against-asimovs-first-law-of-robo,4236/ – good laugh for Asimov and SF fans

http://www.locusmag.com/Perspectives/2011/01/cory-doctorow-net-neutrality-for-writers-its-all-about-the-leverage/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm;_medium=twitter — Thoughts on net neutrality & copyright from Cory Doctorow

http://blogs.hbr.org/samuel/2011/01/social-medai-in-2011-who-will.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm;_medium=feed&utm;_campaign=Feed%3A%20harvardbusiness%20%28HBR.org%29&utm;_content=Google%20Reader — Very important advice on thinking before you act when it comes to using Social Media and the Internet from Alexandra Samuel, Director of the Social and Interactive Media Center at Emily Carr University.

http://motherboard.tv/2011/1/4/nasa-picks-its-best-and-worst-science-fiction-movies–2 — NASA’s Best & Worst SF Movies.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40943737#40943737 — Homeless man Ted Williams tells his story on TODAY.

Links Of The Week Issue 2

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Explorations-The-BN-SciFi-and/The-Best-Science-Fiction-Releases-of-2010/ba-p/778696 – Paul Goat Allen’s ongoing series in best of Science Fiction books for 2010.

http://www.redgage.com/blogs/darkbow/four-indie-fantasy-authors-youve-probably-never-heard-of.html – Fantasy authors you haven’t heard of but should look for, includes my World Fantasy Con roomie Moses Siregar.

http://www.atfmb.com/2010/12/30/conversations-with-my-cat-51/ — Funny post about a conversation Patrick Hester had with his cat which all cat owners can relate to.

http://ht.ly/3dkvp — 100 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Plot (good writing stimulation)

http://io9.com/5719944/ — I09’s Power People in Science Fiction & Fantasy for 2010

New Feature: Links Of The Week

I tweet a lot of links and such as I come across worthwhile stuff throughout the week. I’ve decided to start listing the best of them here so that those who don’t use Twitter or don’t keep up with all the links have a chance to track them down later.  I hope you enjoy this.  Links are listed followed by a brief description. Where they relate to posts on this blog, it’s noted.  Enjoy!

http://theinvisiblegorilla.com/blog/2010/12/24/dont-change-your-worldview-based-on-one-study/ interesting examination of the importance of not taking scientific studies at face value.

http://tonymorganlive.com/2010/12/24/9-in-2010-ladies-how-to-welcome-a-man-home/ — the way any man would want to be welcomed, ladies.

http://locusmag.com/SFAwards/Db/TableT13.htmlLocus magazine’s updated list of most award winning and losing Science Fiction and Fantasy writers.


http://bit.ly/eEytl4 — reviewer Paul Goat Allen’s annual Barnes & Noble list of Year’s Best Fantasy for 2010. Features books by several friends and others, several of which are reviewed on this blog. [See them under the hastag ‘Review’]


http://bit.ly/hNbUwO — Paul Goat Allen’s Best Steampunk of 2010 list from Barnes & Noble’s site. Again, relevant book reviews may be viewed on this blog.


http://jakebible.com/2010/12/28/growing-up-fundamentalist-pagan/ — interesting article on growing up fundamentalist…pagan. Examines how such strong beliefs effect a writer’s work.


http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2010/12/photographs-of-the-worlds-first-aircraft-carrier-resurface/68567/ — unearthed lost photos of the first aircraft carrier. Fascinating for history and aviation buffs.