It’s been a while since I did a Bookish News post, so I have a lot of links coming your way. Enjoy. 🙂
SOPA stopped; ACTA signed
Following the largest Internet protest in history, congressmen and women withdrew their support from SOPA, killing the bill. Give yourselves a pat on the back, people of the Internet!
Speaking of WTFery, have you seen this video yet? I have no idea what to make of this, but what if what he’s saying is really true?
Also, check out this video from author Neil Gaiman on copyright and piracy.
Authors’ thoughts on writing and reading
Chloe Neill, author of the Chicagoland Vampires series, has a series a blog posts about her writing process, from brainstorming, to outlining, to completing the manuscript. This might be worth a read if you’re thinking of writing a novel.
Finally, I wanted to share this interesting and hilarious post by author John Scalzi about what he calls “the flying snowman.” I’ve encountered a few flying snowmen in my reading days. What about you?
Jim C. Hines is awesome
Did you see this awesome post author Jim C. Hines did on depictions of strong female characters on book covers? I love this so much.
Here are a few more of my favorite posts from Jim:
- Baby Got Books – WIN.
- Have Yourself a Slashy Little Christmas – I meant to share this one around Christmastime, but forgot. Thankfully, this poem is funny at any time of year.
- 20 Neil Gaiman Facts – This one’s a must read! Neil Gaiman is now the Chuck Norris of the book world.
Yet more author meltdowns
I’m not going to recap all of the insanity that has been taking place over the last few weeks. Other bloggers have done that. And frankly, I don’t really care. These kinds of arguments and blowups are getting old.
However, some good has come out of the situation, namely author Meljean Brook‘s Diary of an Author, a biting and hilarious satire of all the author drama that’s been going on. It’s spot-on and absolutely perfect. To get the full effect, read Day 1 first, and then continue with Day 2, 3, 4, and 5.
I want to note that this is a very thoughtful review by a careful reader, thus proving the adage that just about any review that engages thoughtfully with the material is a “good review” regardless of whether the reviewer ultimately liked or disliked the book.
Thank you, Ms. Elliott! Sometimes authors don’t feel that way. (And for the record, I’m currently reading Cold Fire, the book that garnered the one-star review she mentioned, and I’m loving it.)
Jim Butcher is writing a steampunk fantasy series??? YES. And he has several other projects in the works too…
The other day, I went to list a book for swap on Goodreads and discovered that the site got rid of the Bookswap program. I’m rather sad about this. Maybe I’ll try Paperback Swap instead. Anyone know any good book swapping sites?
SciFiGuy is back!!! He’s one of the best book bloggers around, and now he’s back after being on hiatus! I’m extremely excited about this.
Check out this Grant Snider comic entitled Works of Fiction. It’s funny and almost painfully true.
Scenes from Avatar: The Legend of Korra!!! Okay, okay, this isn’t book related, but it’s still awesome. Is anyone else really excited for this show?
John and Hank have been touring the country in this awesome van, singing songs, hanging out with Nerdfighters, and getting shocked. They also did an AMA on reddit. I so wish I could have gone to a Nerfighter gathering this year!
Awesome book covers
Sorry for the excessive length of this post. But now I’m all caught up! 😀