Friday Links

Happy Friday! And yes, Friday Links are back this week. I actually spent a portion of last Friday feeling like I’d forgotten to do something, so you can see how ingrained these are in my routine.

I hope everyone who celebrated had a lovely July 4th last week, and that everyone else had a good week, too. We’ve got some heat and a bit of weird humidity going here in the Los Angeles area, so I was happy to spend my vacation in the air conditioning,¬†just doing some reading and hanging out with friends. A very summery stay-cation.

This week, of course, has been business as usual, but I do have a fun assortment of links to share, so I’ll get to those now. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with bookish pursuits. Enjoy!

Jo Walton Talks Science Fiction, Research, and Collaborating with Readers – A lovely recording of a recent interview for Between the Covers.

16 Places to Pitch Short Stories – If you’re writing any short pieces, here are some ideas of where you might send them.

12 Fundamentals of Writing the Other (And the Self) – Some great things to keep in mind when creating diverse characters.

The Daily Routines of 26 of History’s Most Creative Minds – A really interesting set of infographics that illustrate how much time different creative types have allocated to sleep, work, leisure, etc.

How Writers Write Fiction: A Free Online Course from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program – A six-week online course starting in September.

Edited to add:

Guest Post: From a Marginalized Young Adult’s Perspective – A 19-year-old aspiring writer speaks out about the limited perspectives in YA fiction today.