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Friday Link Pack 10/10/14

The last Friday before the launch of Old Broken Road is upon us! That means it’s time to share a few interesting links I’ve found throughout the week. Some of these are mentioned 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! All right, let’s get to it:

Old Broken Road:

Old Broken Playlist
Check out the music that helped inspire my upcoming book!

Pre-Old Broken Road Launch Giveaway
Need to get caught up on The Stars Were Right before the sequel drops? Enter my latest Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy!

Old Broken Road Swag Packs are now in the store!
Three new Old Broken Road themed bookmarks, new set of stickers, and a rad button! All you have to do is pay for shipping. (You can also send a SASE, details are on the Free Stuff page.)


The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day
Did you know the absence of a proper lunch break can actually lower productivity? This University of Toronto study looks into what is the right amount of time to maximize your work.

19 Unintentionally Disturbing Moments From Kids’ Books
From Mister Dog to strange commands about murdering lambs, these made me laugh. So go on, touch the cow. Do it now.

The Genre Debate: ‘Literary fiction’ Is Just Clever Marketing
Elizabeth Edmondson of The Guardian argues that Jane Austen never imagined she was writing Literature. Posterity made that decision for her. Good stuff.


The Butterfly Effect, Literally
The Nerdwriter (one of my new favorite YouTube Channels) explores the butterfly effect, on, well… butterflies.

Rise And Shine – What Kids Around The World Eat For Breakfast
A New York Times photojournalism piece on the foods kids eat around the world. Really I am just repeating what the headline says, but click through, it’s fun.

Morbid Mondays: Maps Of The End Of The World
Atlas Obscura explore the maps of Revelations created by Baptist Minister Clarence Larkin in 1919. I remember seeing copies of these in my grandmothers house. Instant nostalgia for me.

The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To “Blade Runner” Designer Syd Mead
“Fashion is a temporary affectation. Fashion that’s timeless is actually a practical response to need. ” Loved reading about Syd Mead’s thoughts on the current state of wearables. Mead is an incredible artist and designer and it’s clear he put in a lot of thought when he created his vision of the future.

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
I’m featuring this again. Mainly because this is the story where I found the Old Broken Road epigraph. Also, it’s good.

Gif of the Week:

This pleases the shiba

Old Broken Playlist

Old Broken Playlist

Old Broken Road launches next Tuesday! We’re officially only one week away! So, to tide you over until it’s launch I have assembled a playlist of songs that helped inspire the book. It available to listen for free everywhere:

Check out the full playlist on Rdio ≫
Spotify | YouTube

Below is the full tracklist. Click on an artist name to find out more about that specific musician/band or click the song title to listen to that particular song on YouTube. I’ve tried to link to Wikipedia articles, but my taste is eclectic so if a band doesn’t have a Wiki page I tried to find the next best link.

  1. Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
  2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devils Tattoo
  3. Future Islands – Spirit
  4. Family Wagon – Hard Times
  5. The Avett Brothers – Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise
  6. Steve Earle – I Feel Alright
  7. Shearwater – Breaking the Yearlings
  8. Dead Man’s Bones – Lose Your Soul
  9. The Black Angels – Evil Things
  10. Papa Mali – Sugarland
  11. Mourning Ritual – Bad Moon Rising
  12. Woodkid – Stabat Mater
  13. Royal Blood – Out of the Black
  14. The Cave Singers – Dancing on our Graves
  15. Okkervil River – The Valley
  16. Townes Van Zandt – Nothin’
  17. Matthew and the Atlas – I Followed Fires
  18. Karen Elson – Stolen Roses
  19. The Mountain Goats – Psalms 40:2
  20. Mark Lanegan – Gray Goes Black
  21. Buck 65 – Who By Fire
  22. Louis Armstrong – Life is so Peculiar
  23. Bruce Peninsula – Crabapples
  24. Jake Bugg – Lightning Bolt
  25. Johnnyswim –  Don’t Let It Get You Down
  26. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  27. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  28. The Eels – Fresh Blood
  29. The Dead Weather – So Far From Your Weapons
  30. Jace Everett – Burn for You
  31. The Stray BirdsHeavy Hands

As with the playlist for The Stars Were Right, I had a blast putting this together. It is interesting for me to listen to them side by side. I think each does a good job in carrying the tone of the book. You don’t have to take my word for it. You can find out what I mean when Old Broken Road drops next week. ;-)

What do you think? Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know. I would love the feedback!

The Tunes Were Right

The Tunes Were Right
Shortly before I launched The Stars Were Right I assembled a playlist of music that inspired the book. Over the last few months I have messed with it off and on but now I think it’s at a place where it’s sharable.

Check out the full playlist on Rdio ≫
Spotify | YouTube

As a collection it’s a pretty eclectic mix, but Stars is a pretty eclectic book so in that regard I think it captures the tone. If you don’t want to stream the whole playlist you can listen to any song you want individually. I have the full playlist listed below. Click the artist name to find out more about that specific musician/band or click the song title to listen to that particular song on YouTube.

  1. Marion BlackWho Knows
  2. Titus AndronicusIn A Big City
  3. Billie HolidayGloomy Sunday
  4. Lotte KestnerFake Empire
  5. Lynyrd SkynyrdSimple Man
  6. Dropkick MurphysPrisoner’s Song
  7. Johnny CashRusty Cage
  8. Iggy PopThe Passenger
  9. MountainDon’t Look Around
  10. M83Midnight City
  11. Screamin’ Jay HawkinsShe Put the Wammee on Me
  12. Miles DavisI Waited for You
  13. ScorpionsThe Zoo
  14. Portugal. The ManPurple, Yellow, Red, and Blue
  15. Tom WaitsHold On
  16. Andrew BirdFake Palindromes
  17. Modest MouseFly Trapped In A Jar
  18. Those Darlins – Western Sky
  19. PixiesHey
  20. Tom WaitsCold Cold Ground
  21. Okkervil RiverWestfall
  22. Scout NiblettKidnapped by Neptune
  23. The Black Keys & RZAThe Baddest Man Alive
  24. The StoogesSearch & Destroy
  25. The Dead WeatherDie by the Drop
  26. Townes Van Zandt – Snake Song
  27. Bob DylanFixin’ to Die
  28. Noah GundersenOh Death
  29. The Flaming LipsLook…The Sun is Rising

And that’s it! I had a lot of fun making this, so look for more playlists in the future. Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below or shoot me an email and let me know what you thought! Would love the feedback!

If you haven’t read The Stars Were Right and want to know what this playlist is all about you can buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or from pretty much any ebook store.

Epic Music Mega Mix

Here is some music to write to: whether you’re character is storming the halls of valhalla hammer in hand, leading soldier into the climactic final battle, or relaxing in the inn and making a delicious sandwich, I am sure you’ll find the music in the mix below will make any scene—no matter how mundane—quite epic.

(Thanks to Kevin for sharing this with me.)


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Nightmare on Wax, Thought So

It’s rare when you discover a tool that helps you actually enhance your productivity, rarer still when it centers around what you listen to. Last week my friend Aaron Laibson introduced me to focus@will. Using curated content and adaptive audio technology (full explanation on how it works here) focus@will allows you to put on background music that enhances your focus on whatever you’re working on. I’m surprised how well it works. At first I was skeptical but after trying it out over the weekend I came away really impressed by what focus@will has accomplished.

So if you’re looking for something to help you focus at least try the focus@will beta. Leave a comment and let me know if it works as well for you as it did for me. I could see this becoming a tool I use for years to come.

(The image associated with this post comes from the album cover for Nightmare on Wax‘s 2008 album “thought so?” It happened to be playing while I wrote this post and I thought the album cover was too cool not to include it.)