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Pay No Attention to the Website Updates

So I got around to fixing the archive page so that links to the last four months of stuff (i.e. my blatherings) are now available. Updated the bookrolling page although I still haven’t finished the reviews yet. Soon, I hope. And last, but not least, the list of short stories page. I finally got the opportunity to create a “bibliography” section, added a story to the ones currently making the rounds, and two to WIP.


Cauldron Bubble, Add Leeks and Celery: 100% Guaranteed Ways to Create an Amazing Fantasy Novel That People Will Totally Read. (via The Flamboyant Cuttlefish) Well, fantasy adventure has always been a staple of speculative fiction so that was no surprise, but urban fantasy has definitely been on the rise lately. The article points out many of the cliches of the genre that writers (wannabe or otherwise) should take note. For more about fantasy cliches, I’d recommend getting a copy of The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (I’m in the middle of that right now).

Unshelved. A librarian comic! Really, it’s funnier than it sounds.

From the Paperback Writer, I find out that most of the book buyers are Baby Boomer women who think they can write a book themselves. So I went digging around to see where those stats came from–turns out over eight years ago from Publishers Weekly. I wonder if those stats are still relevant today. But I did come across this huge page of book publishing stats. Something interesting about book covers:

On the average, a book store browser spends eight seconds looking at the front cover and 15 seconds looking at the back cover. Sales Reps show covers or jackets and give a sales pitch that averages 14 seconds.

The Older-and-Wiser Hypothesis. (via 3quarksdaily) What is wisdom anyway? Psychology researchers seem to think it’s a combination of generosity, social savviness, and emotional maturity. Well, no wonder wisdom seems to get the short shrift these days.

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The Thursday Threesome: Super Mario Brothers

Onesome: Super– heroes and comic book characters? Have you seen “Spiderman 3” yet? Will you?

No and probably not. If a movie doesn’t perk any sort of interest the first time I hear about it, there’s little chance that I will watch it. However, I did see the first Spiderman movie–I even did the whole “stand in line with costumed fans to get tickets” deal. But these days, I’m just disinterested in movies in general. Now travel shows on the other hand…

Twosome: Mario– Brothers led one gaming revolution: are you a gamer? Online? …or is this one of those things you just don’t even notice?

No, I’m not a gamer. I don’t play any kind of games that often anyway. Yes, I know I sound very boring. But every so often, I do fire up the random interactive fiction game. Then again, I spend the same amount of time fantasizing about writing one of those games–if only I knew someone with the programming expertise to wrangle with the code for me.

Threesome: “Brothers– in Arms”? Just listening to some old Dire Straits this evening: how about something new on your music radar you can share with the gang!

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack to The Illusionist because the score was written by Philip Glass. But don’t ask me about the movie. I have no idea what it’s about.