Releasing the linkee-poo early as it's has grown very long. Just a short note on the Newtown insanity that has happened over the weekend (see some links at the bottom). If it's because we took God out of the schools, why then in the past year have two people shot up shopping malls not to mention all the businesses that have experienced shootings. And there have been shootings at both Sikh temples and churches. And why aren't there more shootings in schools, then? It's because this is a non-sensicle reason. Also for those idiots who think adding guns into schools is the solution let me remind you pilots can fly with side arms, has that made the TSA screening less onerous? Yeah, both of those sentiments are answers from dip-shits. Those people are part of the problem if you ask me (looking at you Huckabee and Gomert).
Kristen Lamb on being rejected and how to handle it.
Find the tells in your prose. (Grokked from Vince)
One sure fire way to get an agent, start with a deal in hand. Of course there's a lot of prework needed, but then you're already making those connections, aren't you? Now that classes are on break I have been weighing this path. I just need to find those few editor cards I've gathered along the way.
One way to keep track of all your characters' viewpoints is to chart them out. For those writers who love to plan and outline everything, this might help you know where all the balls are that you're trying to keep in the air.
Dr Doyle with some blogs dedicated to words and their study. You know, for people who like those things.
"In America Ron Hubbard, a manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters, has seen his business explode." That's from a story about the Mayan calendar rolling over this coming Friday. While the reality is like a car's odometer rolling over, many people are of the opinion of "ZOMG, it's all going to end." But that line just stopped me in my tracks with a "Wait, what was that?" (Grokked from Jay Lake)
An interesting take on the Green Man iconography. Also with lots of post 1066 English history. Also interesting for how grudges live on. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
The Architeuthis in their natural habit has supposedly been caught on video. Although we won't see it until January. Architeuthis is the giant squid, in case you didn't know. (Grokked from Tor.com)
A Wired article on deciphering the Copiale text. Lots on ciphers and secret orders in there. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
"During an April meeting, Bangladeshi suppliers reached out to retailers of their garments with a plan that would help upgrade their facilities to make them more fire-proof -- other retailers approved the plan -- only to have it fall through when Wal-mart and the Gap refused to pay higher prices to make such upgrades feasible." Ah, good record keeping to the rescue. (Grokked from the Slactivist)
Former Governor Mike Huckabee, I understand that this comes from your focus, but man are you a tool. I mean, it's not even a post hoc ergo prompter hock logic fault. See, if what you said was true there would be school shootings every week. Instead you're using this horrific event to advance your own non-related political agenda. You are lying. And you know you're lying. God has a word for you. It's the same word He uses for Bryan Fischer. Seriously a bookmatched pair of ginormous knobs.
And speaking of tools, "So far Crowder has not sought out police help after he was hit. Adamczyk pointed out he’s instead turned the video into a national conservative media tour." That's the Fox News reporter in Michigan who has video of a "union thug" taking several swipes at him. For the "law and order" conservative movement, this seems strange that he wouldn't report the crime that he has the video of it happening. You know, except that the police would demand the unedited video. The parts possibly showing that Crowder first pushed the union member to the ground would probably be used as evidence against Crowder.
The Slactivist with a good link post regarding the Newtown shootings. Teresa Nielsen Hayden over at Making Light also has some things to say, and some people's comments to share. And Eric has a few things to say as well.