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Weekly Linkroll

Busy weekend, plus new toys in the house. We finally have an ereader AND a tablet. Kind of exciting. Now I want to read ALL THE THINGS!

Instead, I’m posting interesting links for you. See how much I love you? 😉

Why society still needs feminism
Caitlin O’Donnell at Times-Delphic with a great, yet sad, list of reasons why feminism is still sorely needed.

Wrong on the Internet: Bogus USA Spider Chart
Bug Girl with some good info on a spider chart that’s been making the rounds.

The Essence of the Process Is Revision
It took me a long time to get this, but now that I do, I find I really like the editing and revising. There’s a better story/book waiting at the other end of it, and it’s worth the work. H/T Visible + Real for the link from The Art of Non-Conformity.

The Final Epic Act Of The Departing Commander Of The International Space Station Truly Rocked
This video (created by Canadian astronaut Cmdr. Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station before he returned to Earth) made my week. I’m guessing you’ve already seen it, but if you haven’t, go watch it!

Celebrating Mighty Girl Heroes: Ten Women You Might Not Know, But Should
Jennifer de Beer at A Mighty Girl shares a great list of awesome women you may or may not know about. I knew seven of them.

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Pushing Against Uncreation

I have a guest post to share with you today! My friend Steph over at Visible and Real opened up her blog to guest posts recently, and I jumped in with one that you can read here, if you like. Of course, it’s only fair that I now get to post one of hers. I’ve known Steph for several years and have always admired her curiosity and enthusiasm in regards to, well, just about everything. Her joy is infectious. She asked me what I was looking for in a guest post, and I suggested she tell me about a book/movie/music that has influenced her. Given that we first got to know each other through discussing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, it didn’t surprise me that she chose to write something about it and the stories we’re all entrusted to tell. I hope you find what she has to say thoughtful and interesting, too.

I think telling stories is like pushing something. Pushing against uncreation itself, maybe.
Stephen King, Song of Susannah

As M. Fenn will you tell you, I’ve been courting this one character for the past few years. I work ferociously on the project, then back off. I write write write, and then stop. Months go by and I don’t talk or write about the character or her world.

Novel in progress

Novel in progress

Yet, this character keeps nagging at me. I often feel guilty for not doing more writing, even as the to-do lists I have grow. She pops up as I listen to songs on random on my commute, and I think about her story. She keeps showing up when I have no pen and paper, just my mind and some time for silence.

Inevitably, when I start to think about storytelling and my characters, I think about Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. King started publishing the first Dark Tower short stories (which later became The Gunslinger) in 1978. He completed the series in 2004. (A new novel was added as book 4.5 in 2012.) While this wasn’t the only thing he worked on, it’s amazing to me to have characters stay with you for so long and want to be acknowledged.

I sometimes wonder if that’s what’s going to happen for me – that this character will not leave me alone until I do something about it. (M. Fenn keeps telling me the only way to get rid of the character is to kill her. Not sure I’m willing to do that.)

By the way, if you’ve never read The Dark Tower series, I highly recommend it. I realize that most people think that King’s work is all horror and gore, but it’s not so! I recommend this series so highly because it has something for everyone – adventure, quest, love, a touch of horror, and really good storytelling. (I’d tell you to go read and I’ll wait for you, but it is a little bit of a commitment, but worth it. But, this to say:

Potential spoilers ahead!

If you haven’t read it and plan on it, book mark this and come back. I won’t be mad. Promise.)

In books six and seven of the series, King becomes a character in the story, clearly marking his role in its creation. There is a responsibility that he has for his characters which he shirks, for many years. It comes to a bad end.

And while I don’t think that this story is about saving the world, I also wonder about my responsibility to my characters… and what happens when I don’t take the stories I’ve been trusted with seriously. There’s a lot of responsibility in that, and sometimes, I don’t know if I have it in me. I don’t know if I can do it justice, or if I want to be trusted with that responsibility. I firmly believe in the power of storytelling, and I wonder – daily – what it means when I strip that away, when I don’t listen to and tell the stories I’ve been entrusted with. What happens to the characters, but what also happens to me? When I don’t listen to the push to create – when instead, I allow the push for uncreation to win – what happens? Do I really want to know?

Sometimes I think that I think too much about this stuff. That I just need to let it go. But other times, I think about the seriousness of storytelling, how our lives are shaped and influenced by the stories and what it means to the world. King backs me up on this… that it’s not overthinking it at all.

You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair – the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page. ~ Stephen King, On Writing

The blank page. The story. The tales we have been entrusted to tell. It doesn’t matter how I come to it – I just have to come to the act of writing it.

What story is asking you to push against uncreation in order to tell?

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Guest Posting

Steph over at Visible and Real invited me to write a guest post for her last week. It’s up this morning! If you’re interested in some of my thoughts on process, I hope you’ll check it out. I’ll have a guest post from Steph up on later this week. She’ll be writing about The Dark Tower!


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Weekly Linkroll

Trying to get back in the swing of things here. Monday Morning Music is already written and scheduled. Now for my favorite links of the week. Well, of the last two weeks, since I skipped last week, and there’s at least one from last week that I want to share. Let’s start with that one, shall we? And what have you found on the internet that you want share? Let me know.

A Plea for Sanity this National (US) Grammar Day
March 4th was National Grammar Day here in the U.S. and harm·less drudg·ery shared her thoughts. Take away message? No matter how much grammar means to you, don’t be a rude asshat. That makes you the bad guy, not the folks who use apostrophes to create possessives. Seriously.

How to Be a Writer and Not Go Insane by Z. Egloff
Z. Egloff, over at Women and Words, shares her story of how she started writing and deals with the roller coaster that lives inside the brain of a writer. Speaking for myself, it can be scary in there.

Writing Thoughts: Dwelling on Process
But it’s worth taking a look under the hood. Here are Cat Rambo’s thoughts.

Note to SF/F Writers: Random House’s Hydra Imprint Has Appallingly Bad Contract Terms
John Scalzi tells Random House what they can do with their new business model. Writers beware!

Who Should Read Your Published Work?
Rachelle Gardner on the subject of good beta readers. Worth their weight in gold, as the cliché goes. I love mine.

The Good, Racist People
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New York Times op-ed on how not all racism comes from people who are obviously evil and easy to see. Post-racist society, my hinder.

Wings to Set You Free: My Silent Legacy of Self-Harm
Stephanie at Visible and Real discusses a heavy subject in honor of National Self-Injury Awareness Day (March 1). If you self-injure, know you’re not alone.

pomDeter – Call Me a Hole
Quite possibly my favorite mashup ever. It’s just about perfect.

United (States) Parcel Service.

Your random pic for this day. United (States) Parcel Service. (Photo credit: matt.hintsa)


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Weekly Linkroll

Another Sunday has found us, as has the snow. Which, given that it’s 37 outside, is kind of odd. It was 34 when I got up and raining.

I don’t know.

Lots of links for this last Sunday in February. I hope you find something you like here. Find something cool you want to share? Do tell.

Black History Month: 4 Famous Black Feminists You Never Learned About in School
Policymic weighs in on Black History Month with stories of four women who were new to me, as well. Fascinating stuff.

Bullies Called Him Pork Chop. He Took That Pain With Him And Then Cooked It Into This.
From Upworthy, Shane Koyczan‘s powerful video on his bullied childhood (which is also many of our childhoods).

The salon experience from hell: Or, how I learned to love my curls
A powerful post from Visible and Real on body image and what happens when we allow others to define it for us. Has me thinking a lot of my own experiences.

This Loom Made Out of LEGOs is More Entrancing Than It Probably Should Be [VIDEO]
Shared by The Mary Sue, this video is definitely entrancing and fun to watch. I need to find the time and space to weave again. (My loom room, ARGH!)

This Year’s Nebula Award Nominees
John Scalzi is one of many folk who posted about this year’s Nebula Award contenders. So many more books I have to read now. And Joss is nominated twice!

Phoenix Lights
Are they back? Karen Gadient saw something that looks pretty similar to the sightings that happened back in the 1997. Aircraft in formation? Military flares? Whatever they are, they look pretty cool.

Photos of Volcanoes–FROM SPACE!
Sally Strange shares her love of volcanoes and links to a lot of cool pics. Plus! An interactive map!


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Weekly Linkroll

Happy December! We finally have a little snow on the ground here in Vermont, although it’s going away quickly. Supposed to get into the 40s today for the first time in a while. I have mixed feelings about that. Being warm is nice (it’s been freaking cold up here this past week), but snow is pretty.

Oh well. Let’s take a look at something I actually have control over. This week’s link recommendations! Continue reading

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Belated Weekend Linkroll

Where did the weekend go this time? Wherever it went, it was in a big damned hurry to get there, and now it’s Monday already.

But I still have a collection of links for you. Hope you enjoy them. I’d love to know if any strike your fancy. And if any of you know how I can get my weekend back, chime in, too. Continue reading

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Weekly Linkroll

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.

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Weekly Linkroll

The first Sunday of fall here in the northern hemisphere. Still no frosts, but we might get one tonight. This morning, though, it’s sunny and lovely, and there are links to share. Continue reading

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Weekly Linkroll

And another Sunday has arrived. Let’s see what links grabbed my interest in the past week. Please share your own in the comments. I’d love to learn more about inspires/interests/amuses you. 🙂 Continue reading

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