TGIF! The weekend has arrived, and I hope it’s brought some time off for all of you to read, write, and sneak in a bit of relaxation. People seem to be anxious to acknowledge the end of summer, but officially we still have a few weeks to go, and even unofficially we have another week until the long Labor Day weekend. So I say make the most of it.
I’ve been thinking quite a bit this week of all the facets of the writer’s life. Even the act of writing itself varies enormously from person to person, by what they write, how often, level of commitment, etc. So it’s probably no surprise that several of this week’s links revolve around the lives of writers, including how they live, how they work, where they work, and so on. I think I’ve found a balance of serious, informational, and humorous, and there should be something here for everyone. Enjoy, and happy writing!
N.K. Jemisin on Diversity in Science Fiction and Inspiration from Dreams – Jemisin, the first black writer to win the Hugo Award for a Novel, talks about her experiences writing The Fifth Season and with the award process.
How Instagram Became the New Oprah’s Book Club – An interesting look at the social media platform’s role in book marketing.
Five Reasons Why Writers Should Move to Columbus – Ohio, that is. For writers whose pockets won’t stretch to New York or LA.
In Order to Live: Story Structure on the Horoscopic Scale – An intricate look at all the ways writers attack story structure.
Tin House Is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions for 2017 – Details on the latest open reading period for the literary magazine.
The Spoils of Destruction – The story of Thomas Mann’s Pacific Palisades house, and its current uncertain fate.
On the Barbizon Hotel, and the Women Writers Who Lived There – A look at the famous New York City hotel where young, single women stayed when they came to make their fortune in the big city.
Antarctic Artists & Writers Program – A program that enables writers and other artists to visit Antarctica for creative purposes.