Happy Friday! I’ve had a busy week catching up after attending the RWA National conference last week. San Antonio is a charming city, but I think I’d have preferred to visit during some other part of the year. Say, February. It was definitely a very hot week. But the conference itself went well, and I met with many wonderful editors and writers, saw my fellow agents, and all in all, had a great few days. Re-entry, as always, involved a backlog of email and work, but I’m mostly dug out so I can promise a little less radio silence next week.
In the meantime, I bring you links to kick off the weekend! I hope you all have some fun times planned, and that there’s a little bit of time set aside for a good book and/or your current writing project. Enjoy!
What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese? – An interesting look at the point where the culture and the genre meet.
How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie – Great story, and it makes me even a bigger fan of Marvel.
Reading Romance Is Like Falling in Love – A loving look at the genre, and how it makes us feel.
Alternate Visions: Some Musings on Diversity in SF – Looking at the issue from different angles.
The Book That Wasn’t: Five Fiction Writers Talk about their Novels in Drawers – Even published writers have projects that never see the light of day.
It has become abundantly clear to me that everyone who has made publishing-related resolutions for 2014 is well on their way to keeping them. A steady avalanche of work began pouring onto my desk and into my inbox the first week of January, and it shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down. New projects, revised projects, updated projects; queries and partials; brilliant epiphanies; contracts; paperwork; problems, solutions, and random requests; new plans and old business. It’s insane. I have, easily, three times as much work as hours in the day, and I’m on a permanent caffeine high.
Now that I’ve shared that… I offer you some links for your entertainment and edification. I hope you all have lovely weekends planned. You can probably guess where I’ll be. Enjoy!
Judging Books by their Covers 2014: US vs UK – Always fun to compare cover art for different markets.
Russian Man Stabbed to Death in Poetry-Over-Prose Dispute – Because genre wars are happening all over.
Writing Diverse Fiction: A Practical Guide – In keeping with my post earlier this week on diversity in publishing.
This Six-Second Animation Short Is Better than Most Studio Movies – Prove that bigger isn’t always better. Very cute and creative.
Writer of a Certain Age – Fay Weldon on becoming an “older” writer (because ageism is an issue, up there with all the other forms of discrimination).