Magical Words Link Roundup 5-1-2017


Happy May Day! When I was a kid, I used to get up early on May Day (when it fell on weekends, of course) pick honeysuckle and arrange it in paper baskets I’d made the night before, and then leave the baskets on my neighbors’ porches. Yes, that was me. I know you’ve all been wondering all these years. *laughs* But on with the linky goodness!

American Gods” premieres Sunday night, but before you immerse yourself, maybe you’d like to acquaint yourself with seven interesting secrets hidden in the pages of the novel.

Making movies is hard. You have to cram a coherent plot, well-rounded characters, and up to three flashbacks of Bruce Wayne’s parents getting murdered into 90 minutes — or three hours if you’re Zack Snyder. That’s why filmmakers tend to use stock characters and recurring cliches, so they don’t have to waste 15 minutes explaining that the guy in glasses is a scientist.

Robin Hood might have been based on a real historical figure, or he could be a composite of several. He might not have existed at all. Does it really matter?

Riordan’s public decision tells us that he is aware that Native children read his books and that he wants to do right by them. In doing right by them, he’s also doing right for all children who read his books.

A supervoid is unlikely to explain a ‘Cold Spot’ in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes.

Sometimes, breaking the rules is the only way to tell a really fascinating story. Here are 10 rules of SF and fantasy that more authors should consider breaking from time to time.

“Every author has their own process they go through. I thought I’d see if I could pinpoint how I get from the thrill of finishing that first draft to nearing the point of publication.”

There is too much truth in the starving artist stereotype. Whether it be writing, painting, sculpture, dance, singing, opera, or artistic vandalistic impressionism, the arts have rarely led to the road paved with gold.

You’ve been trying to get into freelance writing for a while now. You read blogs, buy books, and attend webinars. You’re doing everything right. (Or at least you think you are.) But you’re getting nowhere fast.


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