Writing when no one gives a shit. Yes, that. At Confusion a number of pros that I had just met told me they knew me. It was both humbling and exciting and frightening. But sometimes just being out there is enough to gain notice. Try, fail, try again, fail better. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
New agent DongWon Song is looking for manuscripts.
Ask the agent. Ask Jennifer Laughran, Senior Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, questions. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Chuck Wendig with 25 more hard truths about writing and publishing.
Saladin Ahmed's Boston Globe editorial on fighting back against xenophobia and Islamophobia in particular.
How to get better at tuning your bullshit detector. Mostly focused on the self-help industry, but might be useful for the coming election.
So, there's this highly virulent dog virus spreading around the country. Wait, wasn't that the plot line of how the Planet of the Apes started? The classic one, not the reboot.
Even for the normal corruptness of big league sports, this year's Super Bowl seems to be hitting a low note.
Jim Wright on the Clinton email news. Jim had way more experience in this area than most people I know. This is a Facebook link, for those that like to keep Facebook at arms length.
So, how's Texas' plan to defund Planned Parenthood going? It's a disaster for women's health care? Why, who could have seen that coming. Dear conservatives, this is your war on women.
About that famed champion of US veterans, Donald Trump. (Grokked from Jim Wright)
Remember when I said that there could be some alternative version of events in that video showing LaVoy Finicum's death? Well, that didn't take long. When Finicum is shot and drops to the snow, I think I'm on pretty good grounds that he's reaching under the left side of his coat for something. That dance he's doing before hand, part of that is finding his footing and part is the adrenalin rush. And I've noted (offline) the Venn Diagram overlap of people who believe that many of those black people killed over the past year deserved it, and those who think Finicum was shot in cold blood, and that overlap is pretty large. (Grokked from Robert J Bennett)
Students unveil "Trump Makes America Hate Again" banner at Trump rally. The Trumpster's biggest crime is that he doesn't know how to dog-whistle. So he is peeling off the voters the GOP has cultivated since Nixon who are angry at the loss of their unearned dominance is society. These are the voters draw by the Southern Strategy, who are angry at their perceived power loss and at the fact that once in power the GOP leaders they helped vote into office haven't moved fast enough (for them) to curb their perceived "social ills." (Grokked form George Takei)
Tweet of my heart: @iscoff The reason Latin is a dead language is because they kept accidentally summoning demons during regular conversations
Double Dip: @KameronHurley Folks think gov has too much regulation, but let me tell you: its actually so lax that only a handful of WORST offenders ever get slapped