I do. My wife’s planning to spoil the hell out of her softball team at their tournament tomorrow, so to go along with the jelly shots and pepperoni rolls, she’s also doing them chocolate peanut butter cookies. I don’t even really want one, I’m just enjoying the smell. It’s been a wild week and baking smells make the world seem a little slower.
Do you know what else makes the world seem a little slower? Reading.
1. I’m going to start with a grab bag of things writer related.
There’s a good twitter thread of publishing contract advice here.
For people who take in spoken information better than written information, Bookish Take is a great YouTube channel to follow for learning about writing
MD Presley is here to share his favourite worldbuilding books
This tweet has great advice for writing scenes
Justina Ireland has some great wisdom on “Don’t Tell, Show”:
2. I just really like this quote so it’s getting 2 all to itself:
I mean, I don’t like everything about it, largely because I’m beginning to suspect the best way to get people to enjoy writing is to lie through your teeth about what it is, then admit how hard it is once they’re hooked. And the pilgrimage idea definitely isn’t for everyone. But for me, it connects to the idea that there is something more to this, and that it’s an arduous journey.
3. Reviews and other book stuff.
There’s a review of The Wood Bee Queen by Edward Cox at FanFiAddict
4. Blog of the week goes to JonBob at Parsecs & Parchment. I’ve been looking for an excuse to give it to JonBob for a while, and what better excuse than him saying nice things about me in his own round up? Absolutely fucking none, that’s what. And he’s a fine reviewer too, as witnessed by his review of Justin Cronin’s The Passage, which is just me linking it to his latest review and nope no other reason nope not at all very typical yes.
Btw, JonBob, I got sent this link as part of the American Fantasy thing and think you might enjoy it.
5. I’m currently reading The Citadel of Fears by Francis Stevens, an old old old book that earned Stevens (real name Gertrude Barrows) the acclaim of being the mother of dark fantasy. There’s some good bits, and some bad bits, and I’m hoping to finish it tonight as I’m a bit tired of it but I am enjoying it. Except for thing.
It refers to milk as the healthsome fluid.
And I never want to hear that phrase again.
Anyway, that’s me, have a good weekend all!
p.s. The cookie was very good, thanks for asking.