Magical Words Link Roundup 3-23-2017

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Ever wanted to go on a writing retreat? Here are ten options (sorry, guys, these are for women only.)

Most con experiences are great fun for everyone involved. But when they go bad, don’t doubt that we’ll talk about them.

John Scalzi said, “I am a cockroach. I aspire to be a cockroach. But in all honesty, what that means is that as a writer, you have to recognize that nothing lasts and things change, that there’s no one time in the history of publishing where everything was one way, and then all of a sudden there was change. It’s always changing.”

Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist has a lot of issues in its mixed first season—but among the muddled mess, there already lies a diamond in the rough, a hero the show was desperately looking for. It’s not Danny Rand, the Living Weapon. It’s Colleen Wing, the superstar Iron Fist deserves.

If you need a good literary cry, Tor.com has you covered.

We earthlings have long been fascinated by the thought of alien abduction, and that fascination is reflected in the staggering number of movies dedicated to the mysterious topic.

In Siberia, Russian scientists have mapped out 7,000 dirt-covered mounds, which have mysteriously taken shape in the otherwise flat tundra landscape. Some of them are slowly filling up with pressurized carbon dioxide and methane, and some of them are on the verge of exploding.

No matter how creative a writer is, the characters they create will never be as interesting as some of the real people who have lived throughout history. Sometimes, this includes their fellow authors.

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