Friday Link Pack—End of the Year Edition (2013)

Medieval & Renaissance  Cartographic Sea Monsters

Every Friday I compile a list of my favorite links I’ve seen throughout the week. Since this is the last Friday of the year I figured I’d go back and see what interested you the most and combine them into an End of Year Edition that featured the most popular links. Have a link I should feature in the upcoming year? Let me know!


Random Story Title Generator
The name says it all, while the results are often silly I do find it great for brainstorming. Let me know when your first edition of: “Madman Fights Desert” hits bookstores. I’ll be at the front of the line.

12 Real Life Inventions That Science Fiction is Neglecting at its Peril
One of my favorite bloggers, Charlie Jane Anders, compiled a list of real life inventions that has been neglected by modern science fiction. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own project look no further. There’s a lot here.

The Best Symbols To Throw Some Scare Into Your Story
I am a huge fan of symbolism. I think it can add an extra layer of depth for the readers willing to do the leg work. It also creates a richer experience overall. In this post Lauren shared a few spooky symbols you can add to your own writing. No surprise this made the list. Lauren’s posts are always amazing.


Jason Thompson’s “Lovecraft’s Dream Quest”
There was a lot of interest in this visual retelling of Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle. Not only is it beautiful but Thompson’s style has a level of detail rarely seen in the webcomic space. Worth spending time with.

Sean Cumiskey’s Fan Art for The Stars Were Right
I loved this piece when Sean sent it to me. I still love it today. Dark, moody, engaging. Apparently you all liked it as much as me.

Heath Lewis’ Wowly Heck
Heath Lewis (who created some awesome fan art) also started Wowly Heck—his experimental blog featuring new spins on some amazing monsters that you all loved. Very cool stuff.


Behold, the Moon as you’ve never seen it before
It’s a rad animated gif of the Moon! Who doesn’t love the moon!?

8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery to This Day
io9‘s list of ruined cities is not only fascinating but also a great way to awaken your inner Indiana Jones. (Like your inner Indiana Jones was ever asleep.)

Medieval & Renaissance Cartographic Sea Monsters
BibliOdyssey’s great post exploring the subject of monsters on old maps. It includes some great high-resolution scans of the creatures: Renaissance-style dolphins with strange ducks bills, horned whales devouring ships, even the elusive marine chicken.

Lovecraft Story of the Year:

Unda; or, The Bride of the Sea
I was feeling a bit nautical when I selected this poem, apparently you all were as well. Out of all the “Lovecraft Story of the Week” it generated the most interest.

Farewell Gif of the Year:

Good ol' Ford


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Friday Link Pack 11/08/2013

Typhoon Haiyan
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! I’m always looking for new links if you have any suggestions, let me know.


As of today, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history is slamming into the Philippines causing catastrophic damage with wind gusts up to 235mph. Please take a moment and donate what you can to the Red Cross disaster relief or another relief charity of your choice. A little help goes a long way.


Urban Fantasy Covers – Time to Move On?
Sarah over at Bookworm Blues asks some serious questions about the tropey and misleading style of Urban Fantasy book covers. I completely agree with her conclusion, it’s time for a change.

The Standard Memorandum
Jon Contino brings you journal keeping types the perfect little book to track the small and important events that happened in your life.

Four Types of Character Flaws
The good folks over at Writers Helping Writers have assembled this great post covering the four types of flaws to use when writing your characters.


Wowly Heck
Illustrator Heath Lewis (@heathisbest) melds scientific illustration and creepy monsters. The work is awesome.

Nicholas Delort
Dark, moody, amazing lighting. Delort captures a lot of the same tone as old masters like Albrecht Durer and Gustave Dore. Love his work.


If All the Ice Melted
I have seen interactive maps like this before covering this same topic, but none have been of this quality or had the authority of National Geographic behind them. It’s a fascinating and scary look at the future of our planet.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Modern Trailer
Serious. Brooding. Scary. Everything “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” isn’t, but you wouldn’t know that from this recut trailer.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Old Bugs
In which Lovecraft (a teetotaler) makes his case against alcohol.

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:



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