Sometimes, I think the best part of three-day weekends is the subsequent four-day week.
I'm planning on doing some writing this weekend, a little painting, and hopefully a little brewery visiting. Mystery Brewing, I haven't forgotten you. We may go see this movie at the Carolina Theatre in Durham (my fave independent theater). I have one little editing job to do that shouldn't take too long considering this a second-round edit for me. Despite the typo-riddled, ambiguity filled writing that makes up this humble blog, I actually do pretty well helping non-native English speakers prepare their manuscripts for publication in science journals. You'd never know it reading here!
What are your plans? Doing anything fun? Got any projects you're hoping to finish?
In the meantime, before you get to all that good stuff, here's your Friday links of reading from around the web this week. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
Why Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin series should be adapted for TV. I agree with every word of this article, especially the part about Chris Hemsworth as Aubrey and Daniel Brühl as Maturin. That is an enlightened idea. Check out my own review of Master and Commander. I'm on the fourth book in the series right now. (The Atlantic)
Salman Rushdie reveals he's a science fiction fan and his new book reflects that. (NY Times)
Having trouble with a scene in your story? Check out this advice. (Janice Hardy)
Should you do what you love? Or is that a one-way ticket to poverty? I discussed this topic on the blog earlier this week. To be honest, the one failure I have to cite in this otherwise excellent article is that the author never seemed to set out on to do what he loved, but rather to get paid for blogging and free-lance writing on the internet. Is that really anyone's dream? (Medium)
Idris Elba's new film, Beasts of No Nation, sounds brutal and I'm sure one hell of a performance. For the record, I think Elba would make an incredible James Bond. (NY Times)
If an alien civilization had a nuclear war, we might be able to see it. (The Atlantic)
So how do teachers afford to live in expensive regions like the Bay Area? Sometimes, I feel like we're watching a terrible social experiment gone wrong in these big cities. (The Atlantic)
Find reputable (and avoid disreputable) agents and publishers here. This resource is new to me, so I thought I'd share in case others are also unfamiliar. (Preditors & Editors via @katherine_dell)