5 Interesting Links for 12-30-2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, whether or not you celebrate Christmas or Chanukah. I’m still in the holiday mode here with family at home and coordinating things at my end, but I hope to get some book reviews up on the next couple of Wednesdays, and who knows whether a Monday inspiration will strike. I did get a good bit of reading in to close out the year. How about you?

Interesting People

I recently read Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie, which is not the first book of his I’ve enjoyed, but this interview gives some insight into the man behind the talent:
http://www.librarything.com/author/massierobertk-1/interview

Life

While about work, work has become such a large part of our lives that this article affects more than just work. A look at twenty-seven things that kill productivity and our ability to feel successful. Not all might relate to each person, but I’d be surprised if one or two didn’t prove useful:
http://www.dumblittleman.com/2011/11/27-productivity-killers-why-nothing.html

Promotion

Here are some quick tips for what not to put on your author blog. Read them with a grain of salt. I can think of circumstances where each of these “don’t” would be a “do,” but at the same time, it’s worth posting them so that the decision is a deliberate one rather than a random one.
http://www.authormedia.com/2009/06/01/5-things-visitors-dont-want-from-your-author-blog/

Science

Sometimes pondering the wrong compound can lead to the right one. In this case, fool’s gold is pointing the way to a readily available, inexpensive compound for use in solar cells.
http://www.world-science.net/othernews/111128_pyrite

Writing

This is a well-done look at the differences and similarities between urban fantasy and paranormal romance that manages to identify unique elements and examples across many aspects of writing each:
http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/urban-fantasy-vs-paranormal-romance

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