Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 15-21, 2015

This week’s NaNoWriMo update: 50,112 words. Yup, technically, I’ve won, but I’m going to keep going until the end of the month. Possibly beyond. I’m only on chapter 29 of 36 after all. =:D

Sweden vows to become one of the first fossil-fuel free nations. Collective Evolution.

Can drinking more be healthy? Pacific Standard. Now I think we have to look at factors outside alcohol consumption to get the whole picture, but I’ll leave it to you to figure out where you stand on the issue.

The Psychiatric Times revisits Robin Williams’ suicide.

Art heals. The Telegraph.

Teen wins $400,000 for his video explaining Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Motherboard.

Upworthy lists fifteen badass women of World War II. Thinking thoughts? I am!

Puppies learning to howl (we called it doing the O’s):

 

Can reptiles exhibit joy?

 

Peace on earth was all it said . . . One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste:

 

Come back next week for some more Thoughty Thursday 🙂

Be well.

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Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Nov 15-21, 2015

Slightly smaller batch this week. Then again, I was traveling and training and NaNoWriMo-ing last week. Some things must be sacrificed.

Sudbury’s new small publisher releases its first anthology. The Sudbury Star.

K.M.Weiland continues to share her lessons learned from writing Storming with this post-and-podcast combo: How to write can’t-look-away chapter breaks.

Then Katie busts six stereotypes of strong female characters.

MJ Bush explores writing unforgettable characters. Yes. For realsies. Writingeekery.

Jan O’Hara writes about surviving trout syndrome and electric shocks for Writer Unboxed. What it’s really about? Learned helplessness.

Gwen Hernandez shares some Scrivener fundamentals on Writer Unboxed.

Chuck Wendig welcomes you to the midpoint of your novel. Let it not sag like an overloaded clothesline.

What did Veronica Sicoe learn about writing faster? Read on and find out 🙂

Writers & Authors shares this cute infographic about the eight reasons writers make great friends.

The CBC shares Booknet Canada’s infographic comparing Canadian and American readers.

The secrets hidden in the gilt.

 

This might be a bit controversial. Chis Winkle shares lessons learned from the bad writing of Battlefield Earth. Mythcreants.

Barnes and Noble lists its best science fiction and fantasy of 2015.

I may have shared this before, but I am so looking forward to The Shannara Chronicles:

 

And just because: Bustle presents Sesame Street’s eleven best literary moments.

See you next Tipsday for moar Writerly Goodness.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 8-14, 2015

Bringing thoughty back 🙂 Just a bit.

This week’s NaNoWriMo work count: 41,517

Once a year, on 11:11 am on November 11th, the sun shines perfectly through this veterans’ memorial. Twisted Sifter.

Does exercise slow the aging process? The New York Times.

Find out how performance reviews harm your mental health. The Wall Street Journal.

Canadian researchers break the blood-brain barrier with a new ultrasound treatment. CTV.

Three scientists who were gagged under the Harper government finally have their say. The Globe and Mail.

Scientists have measured the ‘strong force’ of anti-matter. Gizmodo.

Listen to the haunting music of Croatia’s sea organ. UpWorthy.

Gaze at these amazing trees on Dusky’s Wonders.

Someone took a picture of a rainbow cloud in Jamaica. IFLS.

Six women save nearly 100 horses stranded on an island. Wimp.com.

Alanis Morissette updates “Ironic” for the social media age. Buzzfeed.

Buzzfeed shares the 31 realest Tumblr posts about being a woman.

This girl kicks all the ass:

 

See you next week!

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Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Nov 8-14, 2015

I’m a curating machine 🙂

Roz Morris discusses the differences between British, Canadian, and American English and why writers should know when to use each. Nail Your Novel.

Writer tech: How to storyboard in Scrivener. Matt Herron for The Write Practice.

K.M. Weiland offers six steps to create a fantastic narrative voice in her lessons learned from Storming series.

Katie then discusses the easiest character she’s ever had to write.

Lisa Cron gives us the inside story on what grabs readers. Writer Unboxed.

Sophie Masson helps us get the most of mentoring, from both sides of the fence. Writer Unboxed.

Christine Frazier shares ten traits of the mentor archetype on the Better Novel Project.

Kameron Hurley was never in this for the parties.

Then, she wonders if Goodreads ratings correlate to sales.

Next, she reassures us that everything is not awful.

Finally, Kameron explains why having a writing-related day job does not ‘ruin’ you for fiction. Silly rabbits.

Mary Robinette Kowal helps us discern when writer’s block is depression. And when it’s not.

Madeleine Dore shares fifty ways to take care of yourself in the arts. Performing Arts Hub.

Dan Blank discusses the three essential ingredients to creative success. Writer Unboxed.

Building a better world through science fiction: the new utopians. New Republic.

Carly Watters shares fifteen things she’s learned in her five years as an agent.

Declining ebook sales hit home with the big five. Publishers Weekly.

Erin Lindsey is in search of a more nuanced discussion of women and gender in SFF: When Mary Sue failed the Bechdel test. Tor.com.

Margaret Atwood addresses the lack of diversity in fiction: In Tolkien, there are hardly any women at all. The Guardian.

Buffy Ste. Marie recommends eight books she loves. CBC.

Neil Gaiman stops by Buzzfeed to offer writing advice.

100 pieces of writing advice from Chuck Wendig.

The Myers-Briggs types of 101 famous authors. BookRiot.

It’s going to be okay. I did not know this. The Oatmeal.

Judging medieval books by their covers.

Finding Dory’s going to be a-dory-ble 🙂 Space.

Krysten Ritter kicks all the butt as Jessica Jones. i09. <Starts this Friday, guys!>

Tor.com lists all the TV series and movie adaptations of SFF books in the works.

Ima check out SyFy’s new series The Expanse. Tor.com.

Come back next week for more Writerly Goodness.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 1-7, 2015

My brain is all NaNoWriMo these days.

So I’m going to give you a wee NaNo word count update on Thursdays. As of today: 36,466 words.

The unremembered. The Globe and Mail.

Our new government has created a Minister of Science post 🙂 Nature.

The Sami form Finland’s First Nation. This is Finland.

A Psychiatric Times report on forensic psychiatry.

Highly sensitive people: a condition often misunderstood. The Telegraph.

This is your brain on exercise. Open Culture.

I’ll be back next week with whatever brain I can spare 🙂

Be well.

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Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Nov 1-7, 2015

First up: NaNoWriMo:

To temper things, Chuck then wrote that writing advice is bullshit.

The Query Shark CrimeBake 2015 effective queries workshop.

Common writing mistakes, pt. 45: Avoiding ‘said.’ K.M. Weiland.

What Katie learned about writing funny dialogue in the course of writing her novel, Storming.

Donald Maass offers his thoughts on positivity and protagonists on Writer Unboxed.

Marcy Kennedy guest posts on Jami Gold’s blog with five tips for finding POV errors.

Beth Revis builds a great first chapter on Writers Helping Writers.

Therese Walsh shares lessons from Breaking Bad on Writer Unboxed.

Matriarchies, patriarchies, and beyond. Mike Hernandez for Mythcreants.

Delilah S. Dawson writes for the Mary Sue: Everything I love is problematic.

Ellipses can be powerful or annoying. Here’s a guide to using them well. Lexicon Valley.

They’re adding more words to the dictionary again. The Guardian.

What your bookshelf says about your personality. Bustle.

How to judge people by the covers of their books. Bustle.

Literary address quiz, anyone? Ace it, and get a cheeky wink from Simon Pegg :)The Reading Room.

Levar Burton – Problems only book lovers understand:

Monstress: the fantasy comic about race, feminism, and the monster within. The Hollywood Reporter.

I didn’t mind The Golden Compass movie, but a series would probably be better. i09.

Lego Doctor Who? Eeeeee! i09.

Come back next week for more awesome. MOAR I say. Moar.

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Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 25-31, 2015

Another short one this week. Hey, I went to a con. What can you do? Just a warning, November curations might tend to the small. NaNoWriMo takes precedence.

Anna Lovind wonders, what you would do if time wasn’t scarce?

Susan Lynn Reynolds shares the touching final days of her friend’s life. Janet dies at home. Conversations on dying. Phil Dwyer.

Guys, this is what it’s like to be a woman. Thought Catalog.

Buzzfeed presents 12 historical women who gave no fucks.

Why self-driving cars must be programmed to kill. MIT Technology Review.

What do you call the night before Hallowe’en? Lexicon Valley.

Mental Floss presents 10 graveside traditions at famous tombs.

Thought Catalog shares 10 delicious 14th century meals we should all try.

An ultra-successful mix of dog, wolf, and coyote, this new species is evolving right before our eyes. Now, technically, if the animals can procreate, they are part of the same species. So there may be a little issue with the terminology here. Raw Story.

Catch you next week.

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Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Oct 25-31, 2015

The NaNoWriMo posts keep on coming. I think we’re going to be neck deep in them the whole month of November (!)

K.M. Weiland explains how to win NaNo with totally doable daily and weekly writing goals.

Worried that your character isn’t likeable? Katie advises you to try this technique.

Carly Watters explains why perfect characters are a problem.

Angela Ackerman shows how your characters past trauma determines her character flaws. Writers Helping Writers.

Beth Revis explores the book of your heart on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University.

Chadwick Ginther interviews Julie Czerneda about returning to science fiction after a fantasy hiatus.

Then Julie appears on Jim C. Hines’ blog, answering the question, what do I call it?

Delilah S. Dawson (as Lila Bowen) talks about the silly ideas that grow into novels. Barnes & Noble.

Emily Johnson offers a step-by-step guide to home workplace organization on C.S. Lakin’s Live, Write, Thive.

Renovate you sentences with active phrasing. Chris Winkle for Mythcreants.

43 words you should cut from your manuscript immediately. Diana Urban.

David Mitchell is so over the genre wars. Salon.

More David Mitchell: In praise of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea. The Guardian.

If the novel is dead, so are we all. Junot Diaz on BigThink.

Is solarpunk the new cyberpunkpunk? SciFiIdeas.

Charlie Jane Anders reviews Maisy Williams’ guest appearance on Doctor Who. i09.

And then she took a look at Supergirl: dorky cuteness still packs a punch. i09.

Natalie Zutter reviews Supergirl for Tor.com.

Emily Asher-Perrin wonders if Marvel is shying away from a Black Widow movie because they know they’ll never get it right. Tor.com.

A short film offers a vision of post-apocalyptic Earth. Gizmodo.

And that is Tipsday.

Hang tight until next week, my friends.

And for those of you fighting the NaNo fight with me: keep writing.

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