It’s time to share a few interesting links I have found throughout the week. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Let me know!
Busting Down The Romantic Myth Of Writing Fiction & Mitigating Burnout
Kameron Hurley who wrote the fantastic Bel Dame Apocrypha series (check it out) really lays out the reality of being an author in her article for Locus Online. I appreciate her candor, this is something every author or aspiring author should read.
Langston Hughes & The Harlem Renaissance
A great video from John Green and the team at Crash Course takes a look at the poet Langston Hughes and his impact on literature during the Harlem Renaissance. I really enjoy all of the Crash Course videos but this one stood out. It’s a solid 11:31 and worth every moment.
David Farland’s Daily Kick in the Pants—Chapter Titles
A good chapter title can do a lot for your story. Dave Farland once again offers his sage advice on how to effectively use chapter titles.
Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses
A bit of the American underbelly and a dash of Disney and you have photographer Dina Goldstein’s latest series Fallen Princesses. In these works the classic Disney icons are viewed through a lens not typically associated with their character. Good stuff. (Thanks to Kari-Lise for the tip.)
I fell in love with these illustrations from swiss artist Dexter Maurer. It has the right blend of both whimsy and strangeness.
Spending Stephen King’s Money
In 2006 author Emily Schultz released Joyland. This year Stephen King released a book with the same title. This caused confusion among Amazon users who ended up leaving negative reviews. But there is a silver lining to all of this: there were A LOT of confused readers so Schultz ended up with a pretty big royalty check. So, like anyone, she decided to start a blog documenting how she’s spending Stephen King’s money. (Thanks to Lola for sharing this one.)
The successful 70-year campaign to convince people the USA and not the USSR beat Hitler
It was Russia who rolled into Berlin and ended the the European Theater portion of WW2 in the final major offensive. For a long time, people thought they deserved the credit, but that has slowly changed. Vox examines the details behind this shift in people’s perception.
Lovecraft Story of the Week:
One of Lovecraft’s first stories follows a former merchant marine turned morphine addict who recounts a terrible tale! Nice quick read.