Wow. What a week. Like nothing I've been through in a very long time.
There's nothing I hate more than vague-blogging, so I'm going to devote a brief post next week to what exactly I've been going through and what that's meant for my reading and writing goals. I'm just not quite ready to talk about it at the moment. Next week though, I think I'll be ready.
I'm staying positive and little by little feeling marginally better. I had thought about taking a blogging hiatus, but in the end I decided I should try and stick it out a little longer. I'm glad I did. My work and my projects are sources of normalcy and that's all I really want right now.
Anyway, thanks for indulging my moods. Ironically, for such a poor week I found a ton of interesting stuff on the web that I think you will enjoy. So here they are, your weekly links. Enjoy and happy reading!
Edit: Just in case anyone cares, I had to take down my Voices of Chernobyl review because of some technical difficulties. I'll re-post it tomorrow.
If you're doing NaNoWriMo, you may be interested in learning some different ways of pre-writing scenes. (Janice Hardy)
Writing query letters to agents? Tell them the plot of your story, not the theme. (Carly Watters)
Do some fonts make your eye twitch? For me, a good font is one I don't notice. (The Atlantic)
Oh goodness, if this writer's teenagers really believe we don't need feminism anymore, I suggest they familiarize themselves with some world news. And frankly, national news too. High school is not a microcosm for everyone's experience with gender issues. (aeon)
Have you heard of the "werewolf" cat? This article says they follow you around the house. I can't go anywhere in my house without a posse of two cats and one dog in attendance. Not that I'm complaining. (Animal Planet)
Dory's back! (WSJ)
And MSTK3K! It's a Christmas miracle! If Christmas miracles, you know, happened before Thanksgiving. (Tor)
And even more sci-fi and fantasy books that are being adapted for TV or film! What an era to be a nerd, neh? (Tor)
On the Jesuits' role in science fiction. (The Atlantic)
This article pretty much sums up my feelings about the Starbucks holiday cups "issue." (The Atlantic)
Interesting read on the relevance of the short story through the history of media. (Ploughshares)
Did you know that Sylvester Stalone has over twenty screen-writing credits? He wrote and starred in Rocky, which really is a solid movie. But...he also co-wrote the Expendables movies. So yeah. Mixed bag. (WSJ)