This is the most detailed map yet of our place in the universe

Friday Link Pack 09/05/2014

First Friday of September! That means 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!

Old Broken Road:

The sample chapter of Old Broken Road is now available to read for free! Simply hit up: Enjoy! Expect a release date announcement any day now. You heard it here first.


Book Publishing, Not Fact-Checking
Here’s something that will probably not come as a surprise: most non-fiction books are not fact checked. Well, maybe it should come as a surprise, but are we really surprised by stuff like this anymore?

Let’s Talk About Margins
Many publishers ignore the layout of books but layout is important. In my opinion it is as important as a good editor and a good cover. In this article, Craig Mod explains why you need to pay attention to the margins. (Thanks to Gus for sharing this.)

Generative eBook Covers
A lot of early books didn’t have covers. Not in the way we think of them today. New York Public Library has embarked on creating generative eBook covers. Obviously, these won’t replace a custom cover, but the result are pretty cool.

The Future Library
What if you could contribute a book to a library that won’t be available for one hundred years? You’d never know what people thought. You’d be writing for writings sake. Well, it’s happening, and Margaret Atwood is the first contributor.

The Creative Process
Self-doubt is something every author struggles with, but pushing past it is what separates the successes from the failures.


500 Years Of Female Portraits In Western Art
Found this video showing the progression of the female portrait very fascinating. Really appreciate the work that went into this. It’s interesting to see history presented this way.

2014 Burning Man Photoset
Stunning imagery from this year’s Burning Man snapped by photographer John K. Goodman. (It’s Burning Man, so I’ll assume you know these probably aren’t totally safe-for-work.)

Art Is A Way
Do yourself a favor and check out these beautiful paper-cut sculptures from artist Elsa Mora. Really fun, detailed work.


This Is The Most Detailed Map Yet Of Our Place In The Universe
So the Milky Way is our galaxy. But did you know we’re apart of a supercluster of galaxies? Meet Laniakea, our local supercluster containing more than one-hundred thousand galaxies.

Seven-Foot Wide House For Sale In London
Looking to move to London? Need a small place to call your own? How about a narrow place? How about a REALLY narrow place?

Mystery Of How Rocks Move Across Death Valley Lake Bed Solved
Remember those strange rocks that move across the desert? Well, science has discovered how that crazy phenomenon happens!

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Hound
A pair of grave robbers choose the wrong grave. Fun fact: this is the first mention of Arab Abdul Alhazred and the Necronomicon.

Gif of the Week:

Friday Link Pack 08/08/2014

Elliot Alfredius' Three Blades

It’s Friday! That mean 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!


On Writing Fantasy
So what is fantasy for? What good is it? I am in the thick of writing a fantasy myself. So this post from Dave Farland on the importance of fantasy and fable really resonated with me.

Do Not Despise These Small Beginnings
Loved this piece from composer Royal Teague on creation and the creative struggle. Very much worth a read.

The Two Most Powerful Behaviors Of Successful Writers
San Francisco writing coach Lauren Sapala discusses two behaviors—focus and boundaries—used by writers to get things done. Invaluable advice, both are tough to master but critical for success.

The Persistent Stigma Of Self-Publishing
Janice Hardy explores the stigma surrounding self-published works.

London’s Book Benches Highlight The Capital’s Great Literary Works
I thought these benches built in the shape of books were too charming not to share. My favorite has to be the Ian Fleming one. What’s yours?

Thug Note’s Covers At The Mountains of Madness
On Sunday I shared this excellent synopsis and analysis from Sparky Sweets, PhD. If you haven’t been exposed to Thug Notes, I’d encourage you to give it a watch. It’s not only educational it’s also quite entertaining.


Elliot Alfredius’ Three Blades
There something incredibly charming about this illustration series (featured above.) Each piece shows a different set of three sword-swinging warriors, from battle hardened barbarians to highfalutin aristocrats even wandering vagabonds. If you loves these as much as I do the good news is Alfredius has collected these pieces as a book! Sadly, there is bad news: it’s out of stock until September. I eagerly await the next edition.

How Do I Become A Full Time Illustrator
I debated putting this in the Writing category or here. Illustrator Ray Frenden shares his advice on how to succeed at art. I think this same advice could apply to writers or any creative. Good stuff. Also, go buy his pizza shirt.

Beautiful Architectural Alphabet Engravings Should Be Built For Real
Typography and architecture have a lot in common. So it’s no surprise that Italian artist Antonio Basoli created these beautiful drawings combining the two.


Octopus broods eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal
Pretty crazy story from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute about one devoted cephalopodic mother.

Photographic Inventories of British Soldiers’ Kits From 1066 to 2014
I really like it when someone takes the time to do this. Seeing the evolution of something throughout the years is always a fascination. It’s amazing to see the amount of stuff a soldier carries into battle these days.

Pepper and Salt — Hunter S. Thompson: Huevos Rancheros
So, Pepper and Salt might be my new favorite blog. As the author Nicole says, it’s: “Part historical discussion, part food and recipe blog, part literary fangirl-ing, Paper and Salt attempts to recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction.” This article, tackles Hunter S. Thompson’s love of Huevos Rancheros. I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Phantom ‘Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling
Okay, so it’s not a Lovecraft story. However, I highly encourage you to check out this tale, when you’re done, make sure you head over to the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast at and check this months free episode (which I sponsored.) Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer are great hosts and really enjoyable to listen to as they analyze and analyze and discuss of some of weird fictions greatest stories. Very much worth a subscription.

Farewell Gif of the Week:

My spirit animal.

Friday Link Pack

The curious world of Walter Potter – in pictures
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.


“The Stars Were Right” is on sale!
Apparently Google decided to put “The Stars Were Right” on sale, and as they do, Amazon matched them. What does that mean? You can save 23% on Stars! Until when? I have no idea, but have at it!

Damning Orson Scott Card
With his recent anti-gay article and his racists rants there has been a lot of backlash towards sci-fi author Orson Scott Card, his book Ender’s Game, and it’s forthcoming movie. Setsu over at KatanaPen posted a great article asking, can we separate the author from their art? For myself, as a fan of Lovecraft’s work (himself a racist,) I found it applicable and it gave me pause. Worth a read.


The Dunwich Horror
I posted about this set before, but I figured why not make the art section of this weeks Link Pack “Lovecraft” themed. Artist Sigrid Rødli renders one of Lovecraft’s most well known stories with detailed folk-art. The pieces ooze atmosphere, seriously, so good.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Sketchbook
One of my favorite directors is also a really talented artist. Make sure you check out his work. As with his movies, his sketches are also very much rooted in weird-fiction.

Artist Michael Bukowski has taken it upon himself to draw every monster Lovecraft has written about and he started a blog to showcase these drawings. The results are terrifying, creepy, often NSFW, and sometimes quite metal.


An 1893 map of London overlaid atop a modern map of London
This is way too cool. The level of detail in the 1893 map, including the floor plans of many of the buildings, is astounding. If you’re at all a maps fan this is worth your time.

The curious world of Walter Potter
Walter Potter was an amateur taxidermist who built tableaux that became icons of Victorian whimsy. The Guardian shares some photos of his bizarre and fascinating creations.

Bad Lip Reading and Game of Thrones
In their latest YouTube Video the Bad Lip Reading crew turns HBO’s Game of Thrones into a comedy about a theme park. It’s hilarious.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

“And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh.”

Farewell Gif(s) of the Week:


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