Magical Words Link Roundup 7-24-2017

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The year is now 1816, and in a palatial mansion, a woman is about to die. Her name is Jane Lewson, but her death is interesting for several reasons.

WFC 2017 has released a partial list of draft program topics, and I’m crazy jealous of my friends who are going.

A recent spate of articles on self publishing dos and don’ts have made their way to my eyeballs; articles that go into great detail about what newbie self publishers must do if they want to be taken seriously/be successful/eradicate the heartbreak of psoriasis. It is, apparently, a long f$%#ing list.

Robots, man. You can’t live without them (unless you vacuum the old-fashioned way), and quite often, you can’t live with them—at least, not without massive, horrifying, oft-accidental repercussions.

Whenever big tough fantasy types want you to know how big and tough they are, you may come across the phrase “forged from the blood of mine enemies.” But is that really a practical exercise for sword-making? Inquiring minds want to know.

Let’s face it: Most of mankind’s plans, regardless of what they’re actually for, never go any father than begging for mercy. And that’s why we praise movie characters when they actually come up with a solid, convoluted plan that doesn’t end with sobbing. That said, sometimes they come up with way, way too elaborate plans that make things way longer and more difficult than they ever logically should be.

In online fanfiction, every single character was shipped with every single other character and there were love triangles for every possible combination of people.

When David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrap up Game of Thrones’ upcoming final season, the pair’s focus will be on Confederate, a new series about an alternate history where the South successfully seceded, while a new Civil War looms in the present. I have an opinion on this, and it’s spelled N-O.

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