Post Punk Icons Reimagined As Marvel Heroes

Friday Link Pack 03/27/2015

Friday is here. That mean 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.) Enough prattle! Let’s get to it…


30 Times The Novel Has Been Declared Dead Since 1902
The more things change the more they stay the same.

The No-Stilettos Rule: My Approach As A Woman Creating Scifi Book Covers
Loved this post from Lauren Panepinto on her thought process in cover design. Some great advice here. [Thanks to August for sharing this.]

Six Famous Authors Who’ve Written Fanfiction
I really love seeing the openness that is happening in the industry right now. It’s encouraging to other authors to know that even famous literary types write things like fanfiction. So often that sort of behavior was veiled behind some strange secrecy or scoffed at by the industry. Pretentiousness is dumb.


Post Punk Icons Reimagined As Marvel Heroes
Illustrator Butcher Billy takes some of the famous faces from the 80’s post-punk/new-wave scene and renders them as Marvel superheroes. Make sure you check out the DC Comics version as well.

Pixar Artist Turns R-Rated Films And Into A Children’s Book
Those iconic scenes that weren’t meant for the eyes of the little ones? Well, yeah… Josh Cooley has taken those scenes and reworked them, and they are adorable. These and more are now collected in his new book: Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film) School Cinephile (Lil’ Inappropriate Books).


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence
My friend Nick, a hella talented designer and incredible musician, has moved to a remote cabin in northern Wisconsin to live by himself. Lucky for us, he has been documenting his experiences.

Massive Ancient Underground City Discovered In Turkey’s Nevşehir
Underground cities aren’t actually uncommon, especially in the Cappadocia region of turkey. However this recent find is special as it could be the largest underground city ever found.

Isoscope — Exploring Mobility
A neat little tool that “creates aesthetic visuals about locations that are reachable by car in a chosen time from a chosen location.” Would love to see this for more than just cars. Would be interesting to compare walking, public transportation, and biking as well.

Oldest Footage Of New York City Ever
I love stuff like this, plus pairing it with a map so you can see where the film was recorded is a huge plus. It’s always neat to see how much doesn’t change.

Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

American Redoubt
“The American Redoubt is a political migration movement first proposed in 2011 by best-selling survivalist novelist and blogger James Wesley Rawles which designates three states in the northwestern United States (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming), and adjoining portions of two other states (eastern Oregon, and eastern Washington) as a safe haven for conservative, libertarian-leaning Christians and Jews.”

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

The Slaying of the Monster
“Great was the clamour in Laen; for smoke had been spied in the Hills of the Dragon.” Thus begins this tiny tale with a tiny (and pretty obvious) twist.

Gif of the Week:

haters gunna hate

Yep, that's a gorilla drinking a martini. Thanks Hollywood.

Friday Link Pack 03/13/2015

Hooray! It’s Friday the 13th! AGAIN! Twice in one year! That means… er, it’s time to share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. (Weeks, in this case.) 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…

Terry Pratchett:

Sir Terry Pratchett, Renowned Fantasy Author, Dies Aged 66
Yesterday we lost one of the greats, and I am sad to see him go. This BBC article has a good recap of his life and accomplishments. As I mention in my post from yesterday, the tweets about meeting Death towards the end… I ain’t going to lie, I got a little teary.

Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett Isn’t Jolly. He’s Angry’
Great piece from one of Pratchett’s friends. Gaiman goes into details about the real Pratchett. The one he knew. Very much worth a read.

Help Fight Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Pratchett was a patron and supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK and I’d highly recommend other fans consider donating to help fight this terrible disease. A little help can go a long way.


The Writers’ Room Is Always Available For Writers To Work
Incubators are spaces in the tech world where small teams are able to work on projects. For the last several decades The Writers’ Room of Boston has been doing the same thing for writers. I absolutely love this idea. Would love to get something like this going in Seattle.

Free Novel or Series Outline Template Inspired By J.K. Rowling
I have mentioned Rowling’s outlines in the past. Well, writer Cindy Grigg has put together a handy template inspired by the detailed grid and has made it available for free. [Thanks to Drew Gerken for sharing this.]

“Are They Going To Say This Is Fantasy?”
One of my favorite writers, Ursula K. Le Guin muses on the resistance for some writers (in this case Kazuo Ishiguro) to admit they’re writing fantasy. Fantastic and poignant piece.

A Psychological Perspective On Writing Talent
My friend and fellow speculative fiction author Christine Crawford (of the infamous YA writing duo C. N. Crawford) is also a psychologist. In the wake of the now infamous Ryan Boudinot article from a few weeks ago she explores the idea of writing talent from a psychological perspective.


Mars Has Lost An Arctic Ocean’s Worth Of Water
A red and blue planet? Is such a thing even possible? Yes it is.

Archaeologists Find Two ‘Lost Cities’ Deep In Honduras Jungle
It’s like a headline from Indiana Jones. Two sister cities, one which could be the lost city of the monkey god, found in a deep jungle inhabited by monkeys that don’t like humans very much. Wait… wasn’t this the plot of Congo?

No One Could See The Color Blue Until Modern Times
What color is the dress? Well, if you asked someone a few hundred years ago you’d get a much different response than you would today.

If you’re a nerd (and you’re reading my blog, so you probably are) who likes crafts and food and other randomly awesome nerdy things then I recommend checking out this YouTube channel. Weekly the ever-bubbly Stalara presents a new geektastic DIY. Lot of fun.

Random Wikipedia Article of the Week:

Wherein I got to Wikipedia and hit Random Article until I find something good/weird/offensive/hilarious/interesting/etc. This weeks entry:

Toilet Paper Orientation
The pros and cons that revolve around the orientation of toilet paper. Are you an over orientation supporter or do you throw your vote for the ever powerful under orientation consortium?

Lovecraft Story of the Week:

Psychopompos: A Tale in Rhyme

“I am He who howls in the night;
I am He who moans in the snow;
I am He who hath never seen light;
I am He who mounts from below.”

Gif of the Week:

I'm the sheep.