Interesting Links for 2-26-2010

Tip for bloggers and those passing on articles: I find a lot of my links through referrals on my listservs, other blogs, and Twitter. This past week I’ve been going through some links I set aside to review later because I didn’t have time and discovered a lot of them were worthless. The link I’d been given was to the front page of a blog or magazine. If I don’t always have time to read the article immediately, I rarely have time to read the whole history in order to figure out what article sparked my interest. Just because the item you wanted to share was on the front page when you found it, doesn’t mean it’ll still be there. Specific links to articles mean people can find them again later, and so are more likely to come back and/or to share. It’s easy enough to click to the front page when reading an article. It’s impossible to click to a specific article from the front page unless you already know where you’re going.

What I Am Reading

I just finished Windup Girl for the io9 book club discussion and adored the book. I haven’t written up a review yet, but I’m planning to.

On the short fiction side, I enjoyed the following stories:

The Wishing Stone by Edward Greaves on Abyss & Apex. A powerful story about discovering what’s important – http://www.abyssandapex.com/201001-stone.html

And a delightfully surreal (no surprise there) story from Strange Horizons: Baby in the Basket by Cecil Castellucci – http://www.strangehorizons.com/2009/20090518/baby-f.shtml

Writing

While this could go under science, I think it has more potential as a story element where eye witness accounts are wrong:

http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/etc/100217-when-does-otter-look-like-drowning-man.html

A clever look at the possible emotional responses to a plot obstacle:
http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/33

Advice on how to make a novel better…from a reader:
http://www.salon.com/books/writing/index.html?story=/books/laura_miller/2010/02/23/readers_advice_to_writers

In my outlining course, I teach that there are unlimited ways to construct an outline. You just need to find the one that works for you. I had no idea how true this statement was until I met the StorySaurus:
http://www.totallythebomb.com/storysaurus-rocks-face

Science

As a follow up to my review of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, here’s an article on how figure skating demonstrates classic physics:
http://www.livescience.com/culture/phsyics-of-figure-skating-100216.html

I’ve been doing a lot of non-verbal research because of a class I taught, but this is an aspect I haven’t covered. Now to think up an exercise and add it to the book :).
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/23/health/23mind.html?src=tptw

7 tips from an author looking back on the road:
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/7+Things+Ive+Learned+So+Far+By+Tia+Nevitt.aspx

Surviving the revision after a revision letter:
http://www.deadlinedames.com/?p=2805

Publishing

Industry trends for fiction:
http://chipmacgregor.typepad.com/main/2010/02/the-trends-in-fiction.html

Life

Sure, this is crucial for authors using blogs to promote their books, but it’s also solid advice for every type of blogger out there.
http://outspokenmedia.com/blogging/the-7-blog-posts-you-shouldnt-publish/

Wow, never expected what is essentially a safety infomercial to bring tears to my eyes. Always wear a seatbelt, illustrated:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM

Now I feel better about the 1.5 hours I just spent curled up in the sun like a cat. Here I thought it was because I worked too late the night before:
http://www.livescience.com/health/nap-brain-learning-100221.html

What questions to ask before taking the leap into being a fulltime writer:
http://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/2010/02/could-you-be-full-time-writer-by.html

Promotion

Tips on dos and don’ts when giving a presentation:
http://blog.duncandavidson.com/2009/03/dear-speakers.html

Submitting

Okay, this is for after you have an agent, but this is where I put my agent links. How to communicate with your agent:
http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/02/communicating-with-your-agent.html

A beautifully simple approach to a query letter. I wish I’d found this sooner:
http://kidlit.com/2009/08/05/writing-a-simple-compelling-query/

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2 Responses to Interesting Links for 2-26-2010

  1. Alex Fayle says:

    That query letter outline rocks. I’ve bookmarked it and I will always use it from now on.

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