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Linkity for 14 October 2018

First of all, an apology. I am not going to be around the blog-o-sphere as much as usual for the next month and a half or so. I really want to win at NaNoWriMo this year (it’s a great feeling of accomplishment) which means I need to really focus on worldbuilding the rest of this month, and on writing next month. I have scheduled some blog posts and I will visit and reply to comments as often as I am able, but it won’t be as much as normal.

Okay, now on to the links. These aren’t all current links, and my apologies about that. I tend to collect links for a while before publishing the post with them. I don’t have enough links to do frequent linkity posts, so this is what works for me.


Fran Laniado has a great post on the real cost of indie publishing (and since she recently published her own novel, she should know).

K.L. Kranes has a thoughtful post about the hazards of fairy tales in today’s society.

Tor.com has a great look into how we can deal with classic books which haven’t aged well. This was a really insightful read, and I’m hoping it helps me as I work through my Book Bucket List, since that list includes a LOT of classics and I’m sure many of them are “products of their times”.

Sometimes, like poor Susan Pevensie in Narnia, we outgrow worlds that were once meaningful to us. That’s okay. Leave the book on your shelf for sentimental reasons if you want, but don’t feel bad about leaving it behind.

Jackie at Death by Tsundoku is doing a Great Newbery Quest where she has challenged herself “to read all 99 awarded books by January 2022 when the 100th winner will be announced.” That sounds AMAZING. It also sounds like too much of a challenge for me to do along with my other reading challenges, but maybe in three years I can at least make a dent in that list? In any case, I do want to read more award-winning books, so while I might not give myself a time limit on this, I am going to start tracking how many Newbery Books I’ve read, and will make an effort to read more of them.

Side note: I think I will make plans to do this with other awards as well. The Hugo and/or Nebula Awards, for example, or perhaps the Caldecott Medal for picture books.

Humans in Star Trek: “hold my beer, I got this”.

We cannot be part of the solution if we’re sitting there not participating (video link)


I hope you’re having a great day, and for those of you joining me in NaNoWriMo this year, may the words be ever in your favor!

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