Magical Words Link Roundup 8-8-2017


Voting is open for the 2017 Dragon Awards. We have some fantastic choices this year, including Faith Hunter, A J Hartley, James S A Corey, John Scalzi, N K Jemisin and many more! Take a minute and vote, please! You don’t have to be a registered DragonCon attendee to do it. Here’s the link –

Witness the power of Chuck Wendig‘s fully armed and operational writing shed!

Many newbie writers would screech in horror and say no one can write that fast, while most MFA snobs would turn up their noses and say it’s impossible to write anything of worth at that rate, that writing must be an agonizing process of constant revision and polishing.

Those who are familiar with Frank Herbert’s famous novel Dune will notice his analogy for the spice, and the surrounding struggle for it, with the crude oil of the Middle East.

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed Monday that the planet Uranus’s magnetosphere flips on and off like a light switch — every single day.

For publishers, especially those who support the work of emerging authors, disempowered authors or authors whose voices aren’t in chorus with the mainstream, Amazon‘s data-based approach to bookselling is disconcerting.

It’s hard to be unhappy when surrounded by dinosaurs. But then the screaming starts.

The Tough Guide offers information on various kinds of fantasy strongholds. For example, you might be looking for castles, complete with ‘frowning battlements, slit windows and multiple defensible spiral stairways inside’ and which ‘occasionally adorn the heights for pictorial effect’.

What do you totally lie about having read or watched?


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