Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, June 26-July 2, 2016

Easing back on the overwhelm of writerly goodness this week. You’re welcome 🙂

K.M. Weiland shares five secrets of creating complex supporting characters. Helping writers become authors. Kate returns with more lessons from the Marvel movies: use minor characters to flesh out your protagonist.

Bonnie Randall guests on Janice Hardy’s Fiction University: the Pandora ’s Box of having ‘been there.’

Steven Pressfield: The Dude abides, but in what genre?

Jami Gold helps you strengthen your writing with rhetorical devices (and the angels sing—I lurve rhetorical devices).

Angela Ackerman guest posts on DIYMFA: the top five mistakes writers make when it comes to setting.

Oren Ashkenazi offers a counterpoint to his post of last week. Five bad ideas science fiction teaches us to love. Mythcreants

Kristiana Willsey says that hunger is the beginning of every folktale. The Toast

Tim Grahl: how to use fear to beat resistance.

Marcy Kennedy asks, is it important for writers to be readers? Spoiler: It’s an emphatic, duh, yes!

Jeff Goins tell us everything we need to know about Facebook Live on the Portfolio Life podcast.

Alice Adams considers the question, why does anyone write? Literary Hub

Lincoln Michel teaches you everything you wanted to know about book sales but were afraid to ask. Electric Lit

This is shameful. The journalist who risked her life going undercover in North Korea had her expose marketed as an Eat, Pray, Love-style memoir. Anna Merlan for Jezebel.

Alison Stine explores Labyrinth and the dark heart of childhood. The Atlantic.

I think these Game of Thrones/Legend of Korra mash ups are amazing. What about you? Movie Pilot

The Game of Thrones finale confirms game-changing fan theory. Entertainment Weekly.

Also, Game of Thrones showrunners confirm that there are only 13 to 15 episodes left. Wah! They really pulled last year’s plot poopers out of the fire this year. Oh well. i09

Germain Lussler wonders why more people aren’t talking about the Preacher series. Phil and I are enjoying it 🙂 i09 Later in the week, he reports that Preacher season two will return with 13 episodes. YAY!

AMC’s Preacher series is different from the comics, but you’ll probably really like it anyway. James Hibberd for Entertainment Weekly.

And that was your informal writerly earnings for the week.

See you Thursday!

Tipsday

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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

Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 12-18, 2014

This week, the psychology stays light, the science is awesome, and pets will claim your heart 🙂

An illustrated guide to the introvert. Atchuup!

I love this girl’s response to bullying! Up Worthy.

A pep talk from Kid President and Grover for Socktober 🙂

 

Twelve personas that can supercharge creativity and innovation. Launch your Genius!

Intriguing and titillating TED talk on orgasm by Mary Roach.

Watch an x-ray of someone doing yoga. Design Taxi.

Tetrachromacy allows this artist to see 100 million colours (!) An creative superpower. IFLS.

Can we build a better solar cell? IFLS says, yes!

How a lunar eclipse saved Columbus. Discovery News.

The astronomy picture of the day: a full circle rainbow over Australia. NASA.

Wow. The lost forest world of Earth’s largest cave. Mysterious Universe.

How bees work together to defeat a giant wasp. IFLS.

Amazing pictures of lighthouses that have stood the test of time. EarthPorm.

A Labyrinth sequel? ZOMG! i09.

Here’s an idea whose time has come: Nova Scotia to make it illegal to abandon pets. Herald News.

What do dogs really think? Lockerdome.

Just a few more steps . . . and a few more drops. This pug has bladder capacity to spare! And a quirky sense of style 🙂

 

This little bulldog wants to howl. Kawaii! BuzzFeed.

And this sweet little schnauzer gets so excited when her girl comes home from college, she passes out! EarthPorm.

See you Saturday!

Thoughty Thursday