Links: The week in review

I  have nothing deep and meaningful to talk about with writing at the moment but I want the feeling of having blogged, so I’m going to repost some of the links that I put up last week.  Or is that too honest?


Let me try again.

I have run into a number of wonderful things over the last week, and I thought I’d share some of them here, as it seems like Facebook has this tendency to hide the coolest stuff from people, because they’re–



*No rickrolls, I promise.

Ehhhh, close enough.

10.  If you ever wanted to know at least part of what a con man is thinking, check out this book:  How to Cheat at Everything:  A Con Man Reveals the Secrets of the Esoteric Trade of Cheating, Scams, and Hustles.  I gave it four stars (it went on a bit).  Some of it may even be true.

9.  The Witches’ Brew Bundle is still up, a slew of stories of witches for Halloween.  I have a short story in it, “The Ballad of Molly McGee,” about a grandmother, a baby, a foul-mouthed young woman, and the dying spirit of a mountain.  I think this is done on Friday.

8.  I put up a craft blog on information flow.  I’m just starting to be able to consciously handle information flow–so it’s not the most refined blog ever.  But if you have tips or challenges on the subject, I’d be glad to hear ’em.

7.  Because I am nothing if not meta, I have a listicle within a listicle:  Ten Odd and Eerie Tales of London’s Victorian Cemeteries.  London used to have a special train just for funerals, did you know that?

6.  If you write dark fiction (of various stripes, like dark fantasy, horror, etc.), you can pitch your completed work to various agents and editors at #PitDark on Twitter, October 20.  More details at the link.

5.  You can make sure you’re registered as a Colorado voter online at the Secretary of State website.  And that’s all I have to say about that.

4.  Some lovely black and white photographs of Hong Kong from the 1950s.

3.  Researchers led by the Lund University archaeologists recreated one of the houses destroyed in the Pompeii volcanic eruption, a huge banker’s house.

2.  Some Latin American drinks that will make me forget pumpkin spice for fall.  HAHAHAHAHA!  The joke’s on you:  my husband, Lee, just made pumpkin bread.  I can have my Latin American drinks, and my pumpkin spice, too!

And my #1 link last week (in my humble opinion, anyway) was…

1.  The Mad Farter of France, who earned a higher fee at Moulin Rouge than Sarah Bernhardt, while playing his internal trombone for the amusement of adoring crowds.

No, seriously.

I also received the books I bought from Powell’s while I was out in Oregon for the Historical Fiction class; I bought Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated) by Judith Martin.  While I deplore the apostrophe use of the title, I can only approve of the following:

Dear Miss Manners:

Please tell me what is the proper way to stuff wedding invitations?  Etiquette books and local stioners have given me conflicting answers about whether… [snip]

Gentle Reader:

Please listen carefully, because this is going to sound like instructions for making paper monkeys out of bubblegum wrappers, as translated from the Japanese.


Dear Miss Manners:

Sme time ago, I had a short, tempestuous affair with my wife’s boss’s wife… [snip]

Gentle Reader:

No.  The only person who would feel better after such a confession would be you, and you don’t deserve it.  Whatever she suspected, your wife does not deserve the pain caused by certainty and vividness.

Besides, a secret affair is, by its nature, a secret jointly held by two people.  Although she has dissolved this union, you retain joint custody of the secret.  That a gentleman may find himself participating in a dishonorable situation does not excuse him from the obligation to pursue the course of honor within that situation.

Burn!  Almost as good as something out of Jane Austen.  Have a good week, and let me know if you’re reading something good.

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