I am coming to understand just how much brain is involved in teaching my youngest son to drive, and it means I lose track of the simple things…like Friday. So here, better late than never, are this week’s links.
What I Am Reading:
My dear husband got me a copy of Dreamveil: A Novel of the Kyndred by Lynn Viehl for our anniversary, and I’ve been enjoying the read. It’s amazing how her style is the same and yet different for this new series in the Darkyn world.
A musical look at library research
Some good tips on using tension and style to increase your pacing:
A look at the different angles nature can be used to set up your characters:
This is a long article detailing the path of a writer, but it’s worth the effort if only to reach the last page with a full and perfect understanding:
A good overview of what to look at to make sure your content is the strongest it can be:
Religion is an aspect in almost all of my long works because I recognize the commonality of questions of origin across cultures. Therefore, articles like this one that considers how writers include religion catch my eye. Interestingly enough, the book I’m shopping right now has both a polytheistic and a monotheistic religion.
Oldest known evidence of beekeeping is found when ancient hives are discovered that date from Biblical Israel:
For those who believe science has moved far beyond the reach of normal people, here’s some examples of old style (steampunkish ;)) innovation with common materials to make those complex systems function:
Concerns about agent stealing put to rest once and for all:
Why interns are good for the slush pile:
This article addresses the question of whether book bloggers make a difference, though offers more questions than answers in some respects. It’s an interesting topic for me especially as many authors I know have given up traditional signings in favor of blog tours while at the same time I’ve discovered a number of authors I continue to follow through blog posts and blog contests. In my case, blogs have definitely made a difference as most of these authors are not ones I would have picked up by browsing. However, I’m a sample of one. After you’ve checked out the article, post what your experience with book bloggers has been in the comments.