Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve been back from New Zealand for a few days, but reentry was a bit bumpy — missing luggage, loads of work waiting for me, confusion regarding time and day — so blogging hasn’t been high on my priority list. But Friday Links seemed like a great way to get back to it, so here I am.
This week’s list of links is a combination of my usual books/writing/inspirational type sites and a smattering of fun New Zealand links that I felt the need to share. It was a terrific trip — more on that later — and I had a wonderful time at the RWNZ conference, as well. Thanks to all the lovely ladies there, who made my trip so much fun and who shared their stories with me, written or otherwise.
So, without further ado, I give you this week’s links. Wishing you all a lovely weekend, and — here in the U.S. — a great Labor Day holiday. Enjoy!
China Mieville: The Future of the Novel – From his speech at this year’s Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference.
First Read: Michael Chabon’s ‘Telegraph Avenue’ – A peek at the opening pages.
Just Write – A look at photographs of people writing all over the world, courtesy of Steve McCurry’s blog.
Is My Book Too Quiet? – A few thoughts on what this means from literary agent Carly Watters.
8 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Dater – Just for fun.
And from New Zealand…
Auckland Museum – I spent an entire morning here, and particularly loved the photography exhibition.
Waitomo Caves – They take you through the dark caves by boat so you can see the glow worms that coat the ceilings. Spooky and beautiful.
Hobbiton Tours – The farm where they shot the Hobbiton scenes, both for The Lord of the Rings films and the upcoming Hobbit films.
Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village – In Rotorua, New Zealand. This village sits on a geo thermal site where the hot steam seeps up through cracks in the earth and heats their bath water and homes, and cooks their food. Fascinating way of life.