Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A little something to tide you over

(Tide. Get it?)

Tomorrow I'm going to post something long and thoughtful about how we decide what to write about, but today I need a little break. So...


I'm hardly writing at all. It's cool, though. I'm doing the mental work I need to figure out what I really want to write about next. Big picture stuff, and very worthwhile.


Click through Laura's post at Combreviations to learn more about how post-apocalyptic genre fiction has changed over the last not-quite-200 years. There's a chart. It's awesome.

Check out Matt's post at The Burning Hearts Revolution for a spectacular a cappella version of Toto's Africa. Don't worry if you can't hear anything at first; it's not your sound settings, it's just that it starts out very quiet. Wait for the rain to build.


A while ago I mentioned that I'd won some books by entering various blog contests, and someone in the comments asked WHICH books I'd won. I forgot to answer that question in a timely fashion, and I've had latent guilt ever since. So, since I recently won a couple MORE books -- some just for posting in the comments on the right day, but some for more creative efforts, like Carrie Harris's Rename Twilight Contest -- here's my chance to make good with a cool LibraryThing widget of all the books I've won on the internet since I stared blogging. Not all of them have been delivered to me yet, but I am patient. Oh, and I also won my choice of ebooks from an erotica publisher, but I'm not telling you which book I picked, because y'all don't need to know that much about me.


  1. Wow! That's a lot of free books!
    Happy Reading!
    (And writing.)

  2. Wow! That's a lot of free books! And a lot of variety! How cool!

  3. Free books! Always a good thing.

    Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I have now written more words in this story than I have given to any story I've written in the past 7 or 8 years. It's a fascinating feeling, to follow this concept. I think I want to try a totally different genre next month!

  4. You are indeed a lucky winner! Those look like great books.

    My word count is lagging this week, but I am stewing ony story and making it work for me.

  5. I love winning books. Isn't that the coolest!

    well done on your big picture thinking. Every book needs a bit of that :)

  6. Congrats on all the books! Nice variety too!

    Continued luck with NaNoWriMo. And you're right--it'll be worthwhile to have a clear big picture.

  7. Have published an e-book combining erotica and science fiction. It's the first of five providing Vayna's story, who is born a slave and slowly progresses towards the freedom she ardently desires. The book's URL is of the Steppes.html The publisher can be reached at Thank-you.

  8. I just got my first free book in the mail yesterday: "Personal Effects, Dark Art" by J.C. Huchins from ISBW. My wife & I marveled at the extras for awhile last night. I think she'll read it first, as I'm half way through "Sarum" by Edward Rutherfurd at the moment.