Greetings from beautiful Surrey, British Columbia, Canada! I’m in conference mode, hence the somewhat late post today. I intended to schedule something last night but it just never happened, so I’m sneaking in between pitches and dinner to leave you a few goodies for your weekend entertainment. I hope you find them interesting and inspiring. Happy writing!
12 Awesome Things You Probably Didn’t Know about the British Library – For curiosity’s sake or for adventure/travel plans.
Excellent Nonfiction about Girls for Tween and Teen Readers – Great list, whether you’re shopping for the teen reader in your life or for a bit of industry research.
Interview with a Gatekeeper: Algonquin’s Elisabeth Scharlatt – One editor/publisher opens up about the industry.
Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – Read all day on October 22nd! Sorry for the late announcement but there’s still time to join in if you want.
17 Short Story Competitions to Enter Before the End of the Year – Pretty much what it says.
What the Deuce: The Curse Words of Charles Dickens – A look at how the author got around the censorship of his time.
Although some might argue that Christmas Eve calls for A Visit from St. Nicholas, I vote for Dickens. And you can never go wrong with Neil Gaiman. Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.
Happy Friday! I am coming to you through the magic of scheduled posting, since at this moment (assuming you read this by Sunday morning) I am in Boise for a writers’ conference. Scheduled posting is one of the best internet inventions ever.
That said, I have a great collection of links this week, so I hope you all find something to entertain and inspire you. Also, I’d like to suggest that now is a great time to take a look at your goals for May. Yes, we are a couple of days in already, but that’s no excuse to avoid the subject. No time like the present. So what writing tasks have you set for yourself? Have you been working on anything that you started in April that you’d like to keep up this month? Or maybe you need to retrench a bit. Give it a little thought this weekend in between whatever else is on your schedule. Happy weekend, and enjoy!
Talking with the Publishers of New LA-based Unnamed Press – Because it’s always great to hear about people joining the publishing party.
How I Tackle a Big Writing Project – Feeling overwhelmed? Here are some great tips from Leo Babauta.
50 Signs You’re Addicted to Reading – Chances are you already know you are, but this list is still fun.
The Lost Art of Memorizing Poetry – Because Poetry Month is never truly over.
Ditching Dickensian – What does the term mean, and is it overused?
First Friday of the new year! I hope you’ve all had a great week and are enjoying the start of 2014. I’m looking forward to reading some wonderful new material and finding a few new clients in coming weeks, and I have a handful of other goals as well. For those of you kicking off your new year with resolutions, I wish you much success.
I’ve got some terrific links to occupy you heading into the weekend. Some might even inspire you to tackle a new project — written or otherwise. Wishing you good reading, polished writing, and a wonderful weekend all around. Enjoy!
The Most Fantastic Monsters from Art and Literature – Fun, no matter what you like to read or write.
12 Dozen Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free – Great, varied list, including some literary spots, but also math, science, finance, languages, etc.
Nine Places to Look in 2014 to Predict the Future of Publishing – An interesting look at different aspects of the industry.
Acting with Integrity – A look at The Invisible Woman — the film and book it’s based on — which examines Charles Dickens’s relationship with Ellen Ternan, the woman for whom he left his wife.