Busy enough to not have a lot of time today and you all were busy squirrels packing nuts away in the internets this weekend. Wasn't this supposed to get easier without having classes, extra work in the evenings, etc?
On independent booksellers keeping nimble, community and customer oriented, and staying afloat.
Because sometimes it can't wait, a group of high school students are suing the US over climate change and the lack of any action to alter our course or mitigate the problems to come. (Pointed to by Dan)
Who is Hugh Howey and why should you care? Well, his SF book Wool seems to be a sensation (first I heard about it) and had an rights auction for the movie option. I haven't been able to dig into this too much, and I'm overhearing the phrase, "like 50 Shades of Grey" lately. Also note, the film option rights were negotiated on behalf of Kristin Nelson who isn't exactly unknown or small potatoes. If this all checks out, he is probably one of the first to go from unknown to successful on just the self-publishing route.
Chuck Wendig very accurately distills the early part of story and explains exactly where I'm at. Words are starting to flow for the next novel. It's a dribble at the moment, mostly notes, completely disjointed, and for two different novels. Which I may have to write both at the same time to figure out which one will take the lead and get finished first (I have no doubt both will get finished).
The power of story telling helping alzheimer patients. Story is a powerful thing, I tell you. When one has me, Ian Anderson's song, In the Grip of Stronger Stuff starts playing in the back of my head.
Ever wonder how people can hear or see something new and be able to pick out the artist? Well, it's because they have signature elements in them. That's a list of 10 signature elements of Tim Burton movies. We could also throw in some visual style things, but you get the point. (Grokked from Tor.com)
Okay, kiddies, because I also suspect this topic to gain traction soon, no, the Mayans didn't think the world would end in 2012. It's just that the great cycle resets (as it has all the times before). (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Hey look, those new voter registration laws are having their desired effect. New voter registration is down, a lot. I tell ya, when you disenfranchise the League of Women Voters, you're doing something wrong.
The top ten reasons to ban gay marriage. And that's a wrapper. Ah, snark, we miss you. Well, that pretty much was what I was going to write as a follow-up to my gay marriage post, but this is shorter and much funnier. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
More from the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. Dear Fox News women hosts, commentators, etc, do you get it now? Don't worry if you don't, the Log Cabin Republicans are also deep denial. So you'll have company in that backroom you'll be relegated to. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Alligator Quotient: Boy are they grumpy before their first six coffees.