Magical Words Link Roundup 4-17-2017


There is a woman in a forest. Or maybe on a highway by a cornfield. At the doorway of a condemned building. And she knows that something is wrong.

Heather Weidner presents 50 things she has learned about the writing life.

Xanth is one of those series that is difficult to explain to newcomers because its popularity is undeniable (I myself devoured the books readily when I was a youngster) and yet they are super-rapey.

One recurring theme that periodically arose while reading and watching the horror genre was the notion that somewhere was a powerful and macabre book of demonic spells called the Necronomicon.

The last of OdysseyCon’s Guests of Honor has dropped out.

A series of instincts, thousands of tiny adjustments, hundreds of drafts … What is the mysterious process writers go through to get an idea on to the page?

Just as long as we steer clear of Europa

Designers are inventing new ways to stay under the radar, including textile patterns that baffle facial recognition software.

It took the director James Gray an agonizing six years and three leading men to get The Lost City of Z out of so-called “development hell.” And that, it would turn out, would be the easiest part about making the movie.

More than a decade-and-a-half into the cinematic superhero revolution that began with the first X-Men film, female superheroes are finally being given the stage — here and there, anyway.

When your stories revolve around forbidden knowledge and terrifying secrets, coming up with obscure or hidden books is just another part of your worldbuilding.

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.


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