I’m sorry Mr Scalzi…I’m stealing a second enty in a row from you because you are just that awesome! I hope you forgive me.
The original post is here. You may as well bookmark John Scalzi’s blog (it’s in the blog roll here) because you NEED his awesomeness in your day.
Read this incredible cover letter! How could this fail?
Stolen from Whatever (thank you Mr Scalzi!) but completely worth reposting here.
Author explodes in comments to a bad review.
Ms Jacqueline Howett (should that be Howl-et?) certainly melts down in a spectacular manner in the comments.
John Scalzi holds it up as a lesson in what NOT to do as an author and I KNOW that Mur Laferty’s rule of “don’t be a jerk” comes into play here.
Lesson learned. I promise not to read reviews of my work should any come out (well not really…but I won’t explode when they are bad.)
Big Al follows up his review with a blog post about negative reviews which is also worth a read.
Hi! Just quickly adding a note that I’ll be adding a few new links to the blog roll thanks to John Scalzi’s absence yesterday.
First up, we have Charles Stross’ blog. I thoroughly enjoyed his 2007 Novel “Halting State” and I’m definitely enjoying his views on the world, books and writing.
Next we have New York Times’ Bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss’s blog. I’ve been recommended “The Name of the Wind” by dozens of people, a myriad of online postings and even a few webcomics. I’ve resolved to pick it up in the near future, in the meantime I find him down to earth and pleasant to read, so I intend on being a regular reader of the site.
Another link which grabbed me is Sam Sykes’ blog. The interesting thing (to me) is that I am completely unfamiliar with Sam Sykes’ work, I have no specific recommendations on his books from anyone I know. I browsed the blog for the heck of it, on a whim. This post sold me. It covered some issues I have with the popular advice “write what you know”. I fully intend to go over these issues in a future post, meanwhile Sykes’ words on the subject are quite interesting.
Finally, there’s Inkpunks. The only writer on the site I’m familiar with is Erika Holt, whom I’ve heard interviewed. I don’t usually browse multi-writer sites much. I can’t really give you a good reason why, but this one is making a good first impression and it captivated me enough to make me browse through the archives a bit. There’s good advice there on the business of writing.
Enjoy the links! Comment! Suggest some of your own!
An truly excellent speech from the inimitable John Cleese on creativity. I got a lot of inspiration out of it, I hope you do as well.
Life has kicked my ass again, but I helped it along. It stops now and I promise you updates galore! I’ll be putting up posts on books to read, books reviewed, some writing stuff and perhaps a little geeky treat or two if I find. I’ll be sure to include a whole mess of links at some point this week as well!
Read my rambles! Go ahead! I dare you! C’mon, please?
A game played entirely in the URL address bar!
Careful not to let it distract you too much!
It’s a snowpocalypse!
Here’s how I spent 2 hours yesterday…
The snow was high enough to reach the bumper. I fired up the iPhone, listened to “The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe” (I don’t ALWAYS listen to writing podcasts!) and dug in.
I thank the powers that be that my wife had finished the walkway (a big job on its own).
And there’s another foot headed our way tomorrow!
Ah well, it’s time spent replenishing the well as it were. It helps reset my mind. I’ll get a lot of writing done after, I’m sure. Of course, it’s easy to write when you can no longer really move!
I’ve decided this weekend to take a small hiatus from Prompt and Response. I love the feature and it’s a great way to beat writer’s block, but I find that this week it’s gotten in the way of some real work that I need to do.
The manuscript re-write is picking up speed and my short story is coming together and those are my priorities right now.
Another priority, but lower on the list is The Expensive Universal Instrument, which I’d like to continue and improve upon.
That’s where my word count is going to go in the near future, although I might bring Prompt And Response back over the summer, perhaps as a month long challenge to myself where instead of 1000 words in a week, I will create a full short story.
If you enjoy the idea of the prompt, let me know and I’ll definitely consider posting the prompts for you every week.
Wow. Full night and day. Sleep was not to be had above The Basement Office yesterday.
I just wanted to say that I still managed to get my short story project started and it’s looking good. I’ve got the outline, character notes and some words down.
I feel good about that.
I hear my daughter crying now, I’m going to go upstairs and see if I can help my wife now.
Tomorrow is a very full day, and I’m hoping to get some writing done then too.