Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, September 20-26, 2015

One day left in September? Where did the time go?

It’s another tasty week of Writerly Goodness 🙂

K.M. Weiland invites you into her process as she corrects her story on her blog. Listen to the podcast and follow along with the screen shots on the blog.

Then, Katie shares what this past year preparing for publication has been like.

And for the hat trick: Foreshadowing and misdirection. Two sides of the same writerly skill best used in concert. Find out how in Katie’s Friday vlog.

Bonnie Randall returns to Janice Hardy’s Fiction University to explore the lessons writers can learn from The Killing. Phil and I are watching this on Netflix now. Just started season two. It’s definitely well-written.

Barbara Kyle shares five tips for writing a series on Chryssa Bazos’s blog.

Jane Friedman discusses the evolution of the literary agent. Writer’s Digest.

Porter Anderson digs deeper into the Authors Guild survey and what it means on Thought Catalog.

You may be surprised at what counts as a success in terms of book sales. Lynn Neary for NPR.

Ebook sales slip and the rumours of print book death are greatly exaggerated. The New York Times.

Summary judgement motions filed in ebook price fixing suit. Publishers Weekly.

How Oyster’s shut down (and movement of its employees to Google) is affecting attempts to create a “Netflix” for ebooks. Forbes.

Forbes’s Edmund Ingham interviews Reedsy founder, Emmanuel Nataf, about how his service is disrupting publishing.

Last week, I shared a post about a banned book in New Zealand. This week, the author speaks out. The Observer.

Messages to the future. Vsauce. I’ve chosen to put this in Tipsday because it’s about the stories we tell.

J.K. Rowling gets into the Potter family history on Pottermore.

Watch this fairy tale love story with a twist. i09.

Kate Beaton shares her top ten warrior princesses from Elizabeth I to Boudicca. The Guardian.

This. Is. Brilliant. #15secondShakespeare Radio Times.

Come back for Thoughty Thursday, y’all!


Series discoveries: mid-season follies

As a lead up to my fall 2015 series discoveries post, I thought I’d talk about the series I’ve been watching in the mid-season and what happened to the few I was watching that dropped off my radar.

From fall 2014:

I stopped watching Gotham (I know, people love it, but not me) and Stalker (just couldn’t get into it) after a couple of episodes each.

Followed Forever to the end of the season, but it doesn’t look like it will be back (at this point).

Watched Sleepy Hollow through to the end of its season, as well, but the writers kind of lost their way toward the end with the whole dark Katrina/time travel thing. When they resume, I hope they get their collective shit together.

Sad that Constantine wasn’t renewed, but I have to admit the series had its issues. The season story arc never really solidified.

Stuck with Once Upon a Time, Castle, The Flash, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Grimm, and Doctor Who. I found, though, with the exception of AoS and HtGAwM, I could really take or leave any series. If I missed an episode, I wasn’t sad.

I’m still getting used to the new Doctor (more on that when I get to fall 2015). I love Nathan Fillion enough that I can’t abandon Castle altogether, The Flash was a little cotton candy, but I’m good with that, and the last few eps of Grey’s were gripping.

Arrow’s a little dark and convoluted. OUaT and Criminal Minds were okay, but just that.

I liked the AoS plot, moving forward (Inhumans—yay) and as the HtGAwM mystery unfolded, I really had to watch every episode.

Telling the tale in two directions (inciting incident forward and climax backward) was an interesting technique that I hadn’t seen done well in TV. It can work really well in books (The Dispossessed, anyone?) but it’s imperfect in a television series. A lot of shows start at the climax and then rewind to tell the story leading up to it, but HtGAwM was the first show that I’ve seen that stretches the technique over a whole season.

It was tasty television. Emmy-winning, even. Viola Davis rawks.


I liked Agent Peggy Carter enough to give it another view if/when it returns.

I loved, loved, LOVED the conclusion of Outlander and am so sad that I have to wait until 2016 for the second season. It was so well written and so well acted. Kudos to the entire cast and crew for making one of my favourite novel series in to my absolute favourite television series ever. Evar.

Game of Thrones, while still well-acted (as evidenced by the large numbers of Emmy wins), diverged from the novels in what I can only call a cluster of epic fails. I’ve written about these briefly in my Tipsday curations as the controversies hit the interwebz. My reaction was profound disappointment. Too much rapey, misogynistic shit. We’ll see if the show runners can pull their collective ass out of the fire this year.

I have been watching Vikings since its beginning. I love this show. The characters are compelling, the history is fairly accurate, and the writing is superb. This show surprises me. There are plot twists that I didn’t see coming.

The acting is great, too.

I stopped watching The Following when season two dropped. It just wasn’t my thing. I do watch thrillers and cops dramas, but something about The Following turned me off. I checked out a few episodes in season three, but it was more of the same. Really. Although they were different characters, the baddies of each season were all the same underneath. It was like one guy trying on different human skin suits. Blah.

Orphan Black was phenomenal from the moment it started. Tatiana Maslany is amazeballs as an actor playing multiple Leda clones. Ari Millen hasn’t done too badly playing a cast of Castors, either. Great characters, dark storylines with awesome, light fun, and incredible, technical wizardry.

Side note: Leda is a figure from Greek myth, impregnated by Zeus in the form of a swan (awkweird) who bore four children: Helen (yes, that Helen) and Polydeuces by Zeus, and Castor and Clytemnestra by her human husband. So the female clones would more properly be Helens (yawn) or Clytemnestras (ick), or the male clones Polydeuces (double ick), so I forgive the writers for messing the mythology up. Leda and Castor work just fine, thank you.

Bitten. I didn’t mention this series last year, but I should have. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Differences from the books aside, the second season didn’t disappoint. The only male witch fights the only female werewolf. Wackiness ensues.

Killjoys was fun. It’s one of those SF series that doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. Bounty Hunters in space? I’m in. Intrigue me with a solid season story arc? Done and done.

Dark Matter wasn’t as good. The series is built around a gimmick. Six people wake up from hypersleep (or whatever) and have no memory of who they are or what they’re doing on the ship. The first season is all about discovering bits and pieces of the puzzle, but by the time something really interesting started to happen, I was yawning.

The Good Witch movies have now become a series. This one’s a guilty pleasure. Not heavy on the magic, it’s a sweet, romantic drama. Come on, it’s from Hallmark (!)

Side note: one of the actors in Dark Matter, Anthony Lemke, who plays an asshole (Three) on that show, also plays a character on The Good Witch. He’s a real estate agent and the hapless love interest of the title character, Cassie Nightingale. It’s interesting to see the two back to back. They are really different characters.

iZombie was great. Phil and I just finished watching the first season a week or so ago. Interesting take on zombies. Also, the comic book frame is really suitable. The main character, a med student turned coroner, named Liv, by virtue of being able to take on the memories and abilities of the people whose brains she eats, helps to solve crimes. She’s kind of like a zombie superhero.

Also, the series is full of word play and homage (like one of my other favourite zombie movies, Shaun of the Dead). There isn’t an episode that doesn’t make a clever pop culture reference. Easter eggs galore. Full on zombie? Oh, yeah. I’m there.

Phil and I picked up on Hemlock Grove, which we’d abandoned in favour of anime last year, and it was okay. I wasn’t blown away with either the first or the second seasons, though I did think some of the different takes on vampires and werewolves were interesting, and a number of the plot twists were actually cool.

Speaking of Netflix series . . . We thought Daredevil’s first season was pretty good. It was definitely dark, but well done. Tortured hero, check. Doubly tortured villain, check. Murphy’s law applied liberally, check. Matt Murdock is like a Timex. Takes a licking . . .

Sens8. Loved. It may have been a “slow burn,” but we felt that something pivotal happened in each episode and we watched the first season in short order. Excellent writing. The character development was fabulous. Everything came together really well. You’ll have to watch it to see the intended pun in that last sentence 😀

Phil and I are on tenterhooks waiting to see if the second season will get the green light. Due to the sexual and cultural diversity of the characters, a lot of people didn’t like Sens8. Really? We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

And my true guilty pleasure (and the only reality TV I watch), So You Think You Can Dance, just finished. I like how the judges aren’t mean and everyone is really trying to help the competitors become the best dancers they can be. No manufactured drama.

Yeah, so that’s what I’ve been doing with myself for the last few months, TV-wise.

I’ve getting into the new and returning fall season shows and I’ll have something for you in October, probably. I’ll do an anime update as well, though we’ve eased back on watching it a bit. There’s a story of intrigue that goes with the anime post, so I’ll leave you with that teaser 🙂

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Series Discoveries

Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, September 13-19, 2015

Moar awesome in this curation.

Dan Blank is searching for Tim Cook’s energy bar on 99u. Tips on conserving time and energy for the important stuff.

Your attitude is more important than your IQ. Quartz.

Mindfulness on the rocks. Sudbury’s labyrinth featured on CBC.

Someone explains that Beauty and the Beast is really about intolerance and bullying. Tickld.

Margaret MacPherson finds strength in vulnerability during her summer of sickness. The Globe and Mail.

Elite Daily shares 41 mental health resources you can use when you can’t afford a therapist.

The Black Dot Campaign: a very important initiative in support of victims of domestic abuse. Bustle.

What happens when women aren’t consulted on “girl toy” creation and marketing. GeekXGirls.

Want to keep a secret? Give it to a tree (or bury it beneath). Medieval skeleton found in the roots of a fallen tree. i09.

SF authors take note: Twelve ways humanity could destroy the solar system. i09.

Vertical farming: A solution to the dustbowl future presented by Interstellar? i09.

Nova’s Secret Lives of Scientists features Mayim Bialik (Amy of The Big Bang Theory):

Check out the whole series on YouTube. Lots of cool ladies of science like Jane Goodall 🙂 And, of course, the guys . . . Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Alan Cumming shares his experience losing a pet and what it taught him. I so love this. We did a lot of the same things for Nuala. The Globe and Mail.

A few weeks ago, I shared a dolphin surfing on a whale. Now the seals are in on it! The Boston Globe.

I’ve showed these to you before, but it’s just so cool. In Morocco, the goats live in trees:

Hope some of this inspired some great ideas. That’s the whole point behind Thoughty Thursday: Popping your mental corn for . . . some time now 😀

I should be able to get my shit together for more than pictures this weekend.

See you Saturday!

Thoughty Thursday

Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, September 13-19, 2015

I can barely contain myself! This week’s Writerly Goodness is so . . . GOOD.

So, first Lorraine Devon Wilke publishes this article in The Huffington Post: Dear self-published author, do not write four books a year.

Then all this happened:

Larry Correia dissected and lampooned the article.

Chuck Wendig responded with, Dear any-kind-of-published author: write as much as you want.

And even John Scalzi felt compelled to post, how many books you should write in a year.

</Rant on>It all comes down to the individual. Write as much, or as little, as you want/need to. It was an interesting controversy, however, and worth the read. Wendig mentions the Stephen King article I shared a few weeks ago along with a few others on the topic. Never lose sight of your goals and don’t let stuff like this distract you. Read it and take what you need from it. The rest is noise. Interesting noise, but noise, nonetheless. </Rant off>

K.M. Weiland shares eight paragraph mistakes you may not know you’re making. These are good 🙂

How the poor choice of your character’s goal can kill your novel. Katie’s Friday vlog. Yes, she changed her schedule, like, a month ago, and I’m just getting used to it now . . . Make of that what you will.

Jane Friedman gets back to basics: writing the synopsis.

Bonnie Randall posts on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University about rejection and how to deal with it. I love this, because it’s basically my take on the experience.

Our fractured days: Steven Pressfield offers advice about staying on schedule when life (or other things) happens.

Gwen Hernandez joins Writer Unboxed with this post: Nine (or more) things I love about Scrivener.

Kameron Hurley asks what will you sacrifice and offers a review of The Traitor Baru Cormorant.

Later in the week, Kameron tackled cold publishing equations.

Porter Anderson weighs in on the latest Authors Earnings Report.

Mira Jacob writes about her experience with diversity (or lack thereof) in American publishing for Buzzfeed.

Usually, VSauce would appear on the Thoughty Thursday roundup, but this week, Michael was talking about language, linguistics, and math. IT’S AWESOME!

And the poetry of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is back. Here are two lovely entires:

This is part of why I stopped at getting my MA (and still, in many ways regret going that far). The shit graduate studies asks you to vomit out in the name of “higher” education. Tickld.

Ursula K. Le Guin speaks to myth, modernism, and why she’s suspicious of the MFA. Salon.

Margaret Atwood waxes political and literary on the topic of our (un)freedom. The Guardian.

Aja Romano of the Daily Dot presents “dreadpunk” as a new subgenre. It seems like good ole Gothic to me. Do we really have to redefine these things? What do you think?

Electric Lit shares this poster about yoga for writers.

Buzzfeed presents 21 signs that prove booksellers are clever 🙂

Dogs and books! Two of my favourite things together! The cute! Bustle.

Eeee! Wasn’t this a tasty week? Yes. I equate writing craft and book porn to consumables 🙂 Nom. Nom. Nom.

See you Thursday!


Caturday quickie: I got nothing

Yup. As the title says, I’m running on empty this weekend.

So instead of posting nothing at all, here are some pictures.

Phil made me this new garden. Next spring, watch out!

Phil made me this new garden. Next spring, watch out!

Of course there are a lot of power lines and cable lines in the way, but this is the sky, after the rain. And it's been raining all day.

Of course there are a lot of power lines and cable lines in the way, but this is the sky, after the rain. And it’s been raining all day.

Hope to be back on the blogging horse next weekend.

And, of course, we’ll see you for Tipsday!

Caturday Quickie

Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, September 6-12, 2015

Making up for last week (!)

And happy Friday (yeah, I’m posting this late . . .)!

Brené Brown writes about the physics of vulnerability and what resilient people have in common. Brainpickings.

How Katrina turned a psychiatrist into a coroner. The Atlantic.

Why some people are left-handed. Brainpickings.

Upworthy presents a comic that accurately sums up depression and anxiety and the uphill battle of living with them.

You are home. The Bloggess offers a lovely video and message in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Bianca Sparacino explores how we ruin our lives without realizing it. Thought Catalog.

Everyday fantasia: the world of synesthesia. The American Psychological Association.

Your brain is particularly vulnerable to trauma at two distinct ages. Quartz.

Brainpickings shares Carl Sagan’s thoughts on the meaning of life.

Tornados on the sun? Yup. As long as they’re plasma tornados 🙂 IFLS.

The Daily Dot presents the twelve best science shows on YouTube. I follow several of these 🙂

Here are a couple of them now.

Is body shaming helpful? ASAP Thought.

And SciShow answers the question, why don’t spiders stick to their own webs?

Why people’s opinions of you aren’t real:

Homo Naledi, a new species in human lineage, is found in a South African cave. The New York Times.

The White Wolf Pack shares ten fascinating facts about ravens.

And my musical find of the week is Iron & Wine – Boy with a coin:

Have fun, and I’ll see you on Saturday.

Thoughty Thursday

Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, September 6-12, 2015

May I present your Writerly Goodness for the week:

K.M. Weiland continues her most common writing mistakes series with part 44: too many participle phrases.

Katie encourages writers to let Toy Story show you the key to subtle character development.

Vaughan Roycroft has series aspirations and looks at Robin Hobbs’ Assassin series in this post: Drawn to the long arc.

Porter Anderson refers to Roz Morris and Joanna Penn’s posts in this piece for Writer Unboxed: Looking for truth in the time of hype.

Writing begins with forgiveness: Why one of the most common pieces of writing advice is wrong. Daniel José Older for Seven Scribes.

The creative life interviews: Laura Belgray and talking shrimp. Anna Lovind.

New Zealand bans award-winning teen novel after outcry from Christian group. Really, Kiwis? I thought we were past this kind of stuff. The Guardian.

Then again . . . Henrietta Lacks biographer, Rebecca Skloot, responds to concerned parent about ‘porn’ allegation. The Guardian.

A new Author’s Guild survey reveals that the majority of authors are earning below the poverty line. Publishers Weekly.

Mike Hernandez writes about constructing cultural taboos in this helpful worldbuilding post for Mythcreants.

Helen Maslin presents her top ten literary castles and country houses. The Guardian.

Hope the week started off well.

I’ll see you with a load of thoughty videos on Thursday 🙂


Mel’s movie madness, September 2015 edition

I just checked, and my last edition of Mel’s movie madness was a year ago. Yup. I’m a movie-watching machine (self-deprecation mode engaged).

Despite my lack of movie-watching prowess, I watch movies like I read books and watch television series (Series discoveries will be coming up later in the fall season once I’ve had a chance to watch a few of the new and returning shows).

So with each of these wee summaries (HERE BE SPOILERS) I’ll be offering takeaways for the working writer.

American Ultra

Phil and I decided to have a date night last weekend and I wanted to see American Ultra. We’d heard decent reviews from a couple of our trusted sources, Richard Crouse of Canada AM, and Eli Glasner of the CBC, and decided to give it a try.

It was supposed to be dinner and a movie, but ended up being a movie and dinner deal because of the timing of the shows. The theatre was practically empty because it was a long weekend. It was practically perfect.

For those of you who don’t know, American Ultra takes the premise of such movies as The Manchurian Candidate, the Bourne series, and Conspiracy Theory, and transplants it into stoner culture.

It might be a myth, a legend, or the underpinnings of a government conspiracy, but there’s this thing out there called the MK Ultra program. The CIA supposedly used experimental procedures and drugs to control the minds of American and Canadian citizens.

It’s an enduring fascination, judging by the number of movies that have been made about it.

Mike Howell just wants to work at the local convenience store, get high, and work himself up to propose to his girlfriend Phoebe. He saved up and wanted to make the ultimate romantic gesture by proposing to Phoebe in Hawaii, but he suffers debilitating panic attacks whenever he tries to leave his hometown of Liman, VA.

Mike knows he’s fucked up, in more ways than one, but one night, a strange woman comes into the store, repeats several cryptic phrases to Mike, and then leaves.

Shortly thereafter, Mike notices two men messing with his old beater, and when he asks them to get away from his car, they attack him. They have knives and body armour. All Mike has is his lunch—a noodle cup—and a spoon.

Shenanigans ensue.

Because this one’s still in the theatres, I don’t want to get too spoilery here.

I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.

Takeaway: There’s nothing new under the sun, but you can give a tired premise new life by changing one critical piece of the puzzle.


I’ve heard the complaints. It was hella long. It was boring. It was all kinds of crazy and implausible.

I loved it, though.

To me, Interstellar had the same feeling as 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Contact, both epic science fiction movies, and both all kinds of crazy and implausible.

I watched it with Phil (at home), and he warned me that he would be screaming at the screen before long, as he had with Gravity, which I have not yet watched. He didn’t, though. In fact, he said that the movie took the same liberties that many of the classic science fiction authors took, and that it was, by and large theoretically sound if not factually so 😉

The premise is that Earth is dying and it’s taking humanity with it. In school, everyone is expected to become a farmer, because, though the world’s population is significantly reduced, one by one, all of our staple crops are dying off. We’re down to corn, and even that crop won’t last long.

Science and scientific achievements are no longer encouraged, and history has been rewritten so that space travel was all a hoax concocted during the cold war to force the enemies of America to waste their time and money on trying to win a space race that didn’t exist.

A widowed former NASA pilot, Cooper, farms with his father-in-law, son, and daughter, Murphy. Early on in the movie, Murphy asks her dad why he named her after something bad (the implication: the other kids have been teasing her about it). Cooper clarifies and explains that Murphy’s Law isn’t that something bad will happen, it’s that anything that can happen, will. Epic moment of FORESHADOW.

Murphy’s gotten into trouble at school for fighting with the other kids and not toeing the line with regard to the accepted view of the space program. She’s also trying to figure out why the books on the shelf in her room keep falling.

Eventually, a dust storm reveals that it’s not a poltergeist (Murphy’s theory), but gravity being used to send messages. Cooper deciphers the message—a series of coordinates—and they’re off on an adventure.

The coordinates take Cooper and Murphy to the vestiges of NASA, who have been trying to come up with a way to save humanity. Plan A is a massive space station that would theoretically save most of Earth’s population as well as frozen specimens of animal and plant embryos. Plan B is to investigate a number of planets that can be accessed through a stable wormhole that has mysteriously appeared near Saturn.

Cooper is recruited for the mission, his son takes over the farming operation, and Murphy—resenting her father’s departure—ends up being inducted into NASA as a theoretical physicist, helping to solve the problem of getting Plan A off the ground.

Despite the tragedies that ensue, Interstellar is a hopeful story about survival, perseverance, and love.

Takeaway: I can sit through a complex, two-plus-hour epic, as long as the pay off doesn’t leave me on an ultimate downer. I’ve realized recently that this is how I like my books, too (and how I write them), long and complex, replete with tragedy and triumph.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel’s done better with the Captain America series than it has with some of its other offerings recently.

The big question here is: who can you trust? This is a big problem for Steve, because he grew up in another age in which trust of authority was ingrained and the delineation between the good guys and the bad guys was clear.

S.H.I.E.L.D. turns out to be an ends-justify-the-means kind of organization. Hydra has turned Buckey into a brutally efficient assassin, and Steve struggles to do what’s right in the face of the enemies, and frenemies, all around him.

Takeaway: Even if your protagonist is Mr. (or Ms.) Perfect, tear out the underpinnings of their values and see how they manage. This is just another way of saying that we authors love to torture our characters, but you knew that already, didn’t you, clever people?

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, part 1

Last year, I’d seen Catching Fire and said I wasn’t really impressed. The second instalment was an iteration of the first, with the stakes raised a little more. It was basically about getting Katniss from competing in the hunger games to the rebel base in District 13.

Mockingjay, part 1, however, was better. It was about how Katniss, after having been broken by the games, starts to rebuild. And of course, as she seems to be making headway, she’s broken again.

I thought it was interesting how events played out in this movie and will probably see the next one, just to say I have. I’ve only read the first book in the series, though. I’ll eventually get there, but since they’re sitting on my shelf, there’s no urgency at the moment.

Katniss’s initial goal, to protect Prim, is presented again, this time not as an alternate Tribute for whom Katniss voluteers, but as one of many refugees from the districts that have found their way or been taken to District 13.

The real sacrifice in this movie is Peta, tortured and brainwashed into a blind hatred of Katniss and all she stands for. Though he’s retrieved from the Capitol, he’s drastically changed, perhaps forever.

It could be argued that the sacrifice has become all of Panem outside the Capitol, but Peta is a very concrete symbol of what will happen to the people of Panem if President Snow has his way.

Takeaways: You can only have your protagonist at the mercy of external forces for so long. She has to act. Also, you can’t use the same motivation repeatedly without that motivation losing its power. It has to change. That’s what I think was bothering me about Catching Fire, ultimately. Weak sauce.

The Maze Runner

This is another YA dystopian novel/series that I have not read, but I was curious to see what it was about.

The premise: a boy with no memories is sent to live in a compound surrounded by a giant maze. The other boys who have preceded him all live in the Glade in fear of the reavers, fearsome, robotic monsters that live in the maze and hunt anyone stuck inside it overnight.

Thomas eventually remembers his name but, in short order, breaks every rule of Fight Club the Glade there is. He runs into the maze without authorization. He manages to kill one of the reavers and rescue one of the maze runners. He won’t shut up if he thinks he’s right.

Rather than punish him, as many of the other Gladers want, Alby, the leader of the Gladers, makes Thomas a Maze Runner.

Then, the unthinkable happens. A girl is sent to the glade and with her a message: this is the last one EVER.

So, of course, Thomas decides he’s going to figure out how to get everyone out of the Glade and the Maze, despite a swarm of reavers released from the maze to kill them all.

What could possibly go wrong?

Though I saw the denouement coming, the movie was entertaining.

Takeaway: If nothing else, be entertaining. This is something I may have to work on. I tend to the grim side of dark in my novels. Unrelenting has been used to describe my work o.O

I’ve seen other movies in the past year. Dark Shadows (campy, but not challenging), Frankenweenie (sweet, but disturbing), and a number of others that have failed to make much of an impression on me. Rest assured, I’ll share anything from which I’ve gleaned some Writerly Goodness.

That’s it for this week.

Hope the coming week is full of all kinds of Writerly Goodness 🙂

Mel's Movie Madness

Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, August 30-September 5, 2015

Sorry guys, it was all about the writing this week. Still, I hope you get a few creative ideas from this week’s offerings.

Brainpickings pays tribute to Oliver Sacks: love, lunacy, and a life fully lived.

How kindness became out forbidden pleasure. Brainpickings.

Will the ten worst jobs in history give you any ideas? History Extra.

These ten close-up shots of dragonflies are amazing. Mental Floss.

Tickld shares 30 facts that sound like BS but are actually true.

KLM’s lost and found service:

Thanks for stopping by.

See you on Saturday!

Thoughty Thursday

Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, August 30-September 5, 2015

W00t! This past week was all about the writerly goodness!

K.M. Weiland explains how to write a sequel that’s even better than the first book.

Are your plot and theme working together? Helping writers become authors.

Katie gives us a virtual tour of her writing space.

Why you should look into the psychology of writing and the cognitive science of the perfect writing routine. Brainpickings.

In the wake of his post on the mistakes of inexperienced writers, Chuck Wendig wrote on the subject of your discouragement.

How to be a successful writer: stop comparing yourself to everyone else. The Write Life.

Vaughan Roycroft explored how to rekindle your motivation on Writer Unboxed.

Then, Kristan Hoffman wrote about getting over the hump. Writer Unboxed.

Gabriela Pereira shares her mindfulness manifesto on the DIYMFA podcast.

Mike Swift writes about the singularity of voice for Writer Unboxed.

Joanna Penn points out five problems you should avoid in your first novel.

Chris Winkle lists 44 words to seek and destroy in your draft. Mythcreants.

Ginger Moran shares the four S’s of sustained creativity on Tim Grahl’s blog.

Steven Pressfield writes about resistance and hooks. In this context, hooks refer to the provocative comments readers make for and against you and/or your book.

Christine Frazier deconstructs back cover copy to help you writer your blurb. The Better Novel Project.

Bonnie Randall offers her book signing cheat sheet to those who wish to stay sane while everyone ignores them. Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.

Agent Carly Watters offers writing diversity campaigns, resources, terms, and tells you how to read between your lines.

Writers talk about the complexity of race. The Guardian.

Neil Gaiman: my parents didn’t have any . . . rules about what I couldn’t read. The Guardian.

J.R.R. Tolkien expounds on fairy tales, language, the psychology of fantasy, and why there’s no such thing as writing for children. Brainpickings.

The fun stuff: brain fart, bants, and fur baby added to the Oxford online dictionary. Writers Write.

Quirk Books found these ten music videos based on literature.

I hope something here helps to support your creative life.

I’ll be back on Thursday with a teeny tiny bit of thoughty.

See you then!