Mark Charan Newton with some interesting things about being a writer. Dealing with #1, people just don't understand. How many times in a week do you have to answer the "Did you see this on TV/go see this movie yet" question with, "No, I don't have much time for that" before people just stop talking to you? Most of my movie references are now nearly a decade old. And how do you fully explain the "no, I didn't see it, but I know all the main plot points" answer? I've also dealt with #2 way too often. And there is the ever persistent #10. (Grokked from Jeff VanderMeer, which, BTW, Weird Tales won a Hugo, go congratulate Ann VanderMeer on a wonderful job).
And speaking of Hugos, both Elizabeth Bear and John Scalzi won Hugos this weekend. Both will be instructors for Viable Paradise XIII. It'll be like a Hugo sandwich.
Here's a post on Making Light with an interesting photo of the Tor Party. Yeah, that Paul "Freakin" Krugman 1) attending THE SF convension and 2) explaining some point to Tom "OMFG" Doherty than involves hand signs (probably something along the "Then the water got up to here and then all the ducks swam away", but you know, Paul "Freakin" Krugman) with Seth (if you don't know, just google him) Breidbart thrown in for good measure. I think my geekmeister detector just broke (is this what they call a geek 'gasm?). Now, if this didn't have something to do with Tor.com or distribution models in the new economic paradigm I'm going to be very, very disappointed.
Not exactly a writerly link, but here's a report about how myths/popular falsehoods are made and propogate. Some interesting process chains in there. (Grokked from Jay Lake).