Another week in the books! Unfortunately, my husband is going out of town for a week to attend a conference so I'll be all by my lonesome this weekend. Guess I'll use the time to clean up my garden for Fall and work on my chemistry book (which is coming along nicely).
Hope you all have a great weekend planned with as little cleaning and as much fun and creative time as possible. Meanwhile, here are some reading links to get you through the rest of today. Enjoy!
Frodo, most meh character ever? (Tor)
This November, it's all about NaNoWriMo. But did you know there's a summer version as well? I didn't. (Fantasy Faction)
This is what Haruki Murakami's desk and office look like. Here's mine. I am desperately wanting a better chair. The one I have is"ergonomic," (it's not, it hurts my shins), from the 80's, and used to belong to my parents. What's your writing desk like? I hope you at least have a good chair. (The Guardian)
The science fiction and fantasy books that converted these writers to the genre. I think it's interesting how many people cited the Song of the Lioness Quartet and McCaffrey's Pern novels. Also, how many of these writers attributed their love of science fiction and fantasy to their parents' library, which was definitely the case for me. (SF Signal)
"What [characters] choose to do is going to create the plot. Why they choose to do it will create the stakes." Good point. (Janice Hardy)
Have you heard about this unusual star which has a mass of unidentified objects orbiting it? There could be plenty of natural explanations (comets, debris from a massive impact)...or maybe its evidence of an alien civilization? Ehhhh, doubtful. (The Atlantic)
What was Bill Gates's first job? Gates is one of those people whom we made fun of a lot when I was a kid (for creating the horrible Windows OS), but now I sort of love him in the way I love Bill Clinton. Both of them represent an era to me that is deeply evocative of my childhood in the 90's. So excuse me if I irrationally fangirl. (The Atlantic)
Add "paleo-sleeping" to the list of pseudoscience? I think maybe we should stop assuming that all paleo-cultures and lifestyles were uniformly alike, and therefore we should stop making health recommendations based on questionably sourced information. (The Atlantic)
Do you ever catch yourself missing the "old" internet.
I first started going online, starting in the 5th grade (yes, I remember what pre-internet life was like). My favorite websites were devoted to Dragonball Z, The Ronin Warriors, Gundam Wing, and a lot of the Toonami lineup circa 1998-2002, along with a few other tangents, like The X-Files and X-Men. Mostly I read the character bios and a lot of fanfiction. People back then just used to build websites about the things they liked. It wasn't about them. It was about a show, a character, a pairing, whatever.
Now, the internet is all about self-promotion. Sometimes, it seems like you can't even find a website that is made in honor of something else. Wikipedia seems to have largely replaced that need. But there's still quite a few personal blogs and websites that are quite good, they're just hard to find.
One of the things I used to see on a lot of personal sites was links to other people's webpages. Over the years, I've amassed a lot of strange blogs that I regularly visit because of the portal-like qualities of those old blogrolls. But I never see that anymore. Blogs are "platforms" now, and I guess why would you waste space on promoting other people's work when you've got your own to plug (Major caveat: I've noticed a lot of writers online are actually great about shouting out their favorite new authors, but I just never see anyone plugging each other's blogs.)
Of course, I realized I'm as guilty of that as everyone else.
So let's buck the trend. Let's bring back the humble blogroll. I mean, if I enjoy your blog, then I'm interested to know what blogs you're reading too. I hope you enjoy reading here, and if you do, then maybe you'd like to try some of the websites I read as well.
So here it is, a curated version of my Feedly list (hate and meh reads culled out). I'm also adding a new Blogroll tab to the webpage so I can add to the list overtime. I really enjoy these people's work and I hope you'll check them out. Not all of them are active (the alarming trend in blogging), but check out their amazing archives anyway, trust me.
More to come as I remember them. In the meantime, hope you enjoy these!
What are your favorite blogs? I'd love to hear them. I'm always looking for new reading material.
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