Happy October, everyone! We’re even further into autumn up here in the northern tier of the US (not counting Alaska, of course–it’s winter up there already). The yard is full of red and yellow leaves from the sugar maples out front and the staghorn sumacs in back. And it’s a brisk 39 degrees this morning. Time for hot coffee and a list of the favorite places I visited online in the last 7 days.
Announcements: Reminders, new class sessions, oh my.
Visible and Real’s latest announcements for October and November.
Why go out in the rain?
Carla’s take on walks in the rain. I’m also a fan. Plus squirrels!
Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing
The man knows what he’s talking about.
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing
This guy did, too.
Sometimes it’s better not to think about it too much: A breakfast tutorial.
Writings from the City Line’s nostalgic remembrance of ziploc omelets. Note: keep beverages far away from computer while reading.
Thinking inside the Box
Learn why they have coffin races in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
A Man And His Hat, A Collaborative Metafictional Event by Gaiman, Wheaton, Scalzi, Kluwe, Ellis, Burns and a Hat
Neil Gaiman’s hat. On Twitter.
British folksinger Frank Turner on why he hates John Lennon’s “Imagine”
Can’t really disagree with Mr. Turner on this. I don’t hate “Imagine,” but I’m quite sick of it. Lennon did much better work.
Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe House is nevermore
I’m really shocked that the city of Baltimore would let this happen. And where are the Ravens in all this? The owners should be stepping up, I think.
The Myth of Male Decline
From Feministe. What do you know? Feminism is good for men, too.
Bully Calls News Anchor Fat, News Anchor Destroys Him On Live TV
I love it when people call bullies out. It needs to happen more often.