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)
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