Happy Friday! It’s time to share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. 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? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Let’s get to it…


According To The Dictionary, “Literally” Now Also Means “Figuratively”
Language evolves, whether we like it or not. [Thanks to Dave for sharing this.]

So You Want To Use Song Lyrics In Your Novel?
While song titles can’t be copyrighted, lyrics can. Anne R. Allen gives you five clear steps for acquiring the rights to use lyrics within your writing.

Lola Landekic on designing the cover for Where Did You Sleep Last Night
My editor, Lola Landekic, is also a very talented illustrator. In this interview, she gives some insight into her process for the cover design of Lynn Crosbie’s Cobain–inspired novel Where Did You Sleep Last Night. Lola goes into detail on the illustration itself to the custom lettering work to the color choice. It’s a beautiful cover and awesome to get the insight behind the work. Good stuff.

Spellbind Your Readers With Realistic Magic
So you’re writing your fantasy novel. How do you make your made-up magic system feel more real? In her article for Writers Helping Writers author Tal Valante shares some advice to make your magic feel alive.

200 More
I recently (as of Wednesday) hit the four-hundredth post on my blog. In this post I reminiscence a little and reflect over the last two-hundred.


Korean Artist Beautifully Illustrates What Real Love Looks Like
I love these sweet little illustrations by Puuung. Small touching moments rendered beautifully. Each tells its own story. [Thanks to Stalara for sharing.]

I See Music Because I Have Synesthesia, So I Decided To Paint What I Hear
Painter Melissa McCracken is a synesthete. When she hears music it comes to her in a variety of colors. Instead of trying to describe what she sees she has decided to paint it instead. The results are fascinating.


Mastering The Art Of The Haterbrag
I debated posting this under Writing or here. Ended up here. Basically, Jennifer Weiner is the coolest. (Make sure you watch the video if you have time.)

A Blueprint For Your Digital Afterlife
We all know that we’re going to die someday. But what happens to our digital life after we’re gone? As the internet gets older and more and more of our life ends up online these are things we all need to start considering.

Bloodborne And H.P. Lovecraft (Spoilers!) [VIDEO]
I’m not much of a gamer anymore. But I have been following a lot of the plot for From Software’s Bloodborne. The heavy Lovecraftian elements are a huge draw (and the stunning art direction.) In this video Super Bunnyhop explores the connections between Bloodborne and Lovecraftian fiction.

Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

Old Man Of The Lake
“The Old Man of the Lake is a 30-foot (9 m) tall tree stump, most likely a hemlock, that has been bobbing vertically in Oregon’s Crater Lake since at least 1896.

At the waterline, the stump is about 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter and stands approximately 4 feet (120 cm) above the water. Its surface has been bleached white by the elements. The exposed end of the floating tree is splintered and worn but wide and buoyant enough to support a person’s weight.”

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Poe-et’s Nightmare
“Lucullus Languish, student of the skies,
And connoisseur of rarebits and mince pies,
A bard by choice, a grocer’s clerk by trade,
(Grown pessimist thro’ honours long delay’d),
A secret yearning bore, that he might shine
In breathing numbers, and in song divine.”

Gif of the Week:

the dogs must be crazy