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What Motivates Your Characters? by Natascha Biebow. Written about (and using great examples from) picture books, but relevant to any writer of fiction.
What to do when life gets in the way of you writing - a great post by Alison Wells.
3 Reasons You Should Write When You're Tired by Krissy Brady. I really need to get the hang of this.
For poets who are feeling left out of NaNoWriMo, why not try A Poem a Day in November?

And finally if you've never read Shadow Unit, why not? It's awesome!
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My 10 Not So Secret Secrets to Winning NaNoWriMo - Vikki Thompson
Managing Depression - a great post on depression and writers by Theodora Goss
Successful Self-Publishing - Fiona Robyn
Paws n Claws Writing Competition - a competition for children aged 9-16, that supports the Born Free Foundation.
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Last week's links.

Elizabeth Ducie - Should We Write For Free?
Jeannie Lin - Romantic Love as Male Fantasy.
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Here are some links I've liked in the last week:

Author Spotlight with Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette over at Lightspeed.
Another great post from Eizabeth Ducie - Getting Paid.
A useful submission calendar for writers.

And, at the risk of being cheeky, I have a new website for my freelance work.


Not a great deal of other news as I've been spending a lot of time on my Tax Return and proofreading course lately. Although I did manage the Flash Challenge over at Liberty Hall yesterday.
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Here's a selection of the writing links I've liked from the last week:

Over at IGMS - 21 Plot Shapes and the Pros and Cons of Each.
Pantsers, Plotters, and — Puzzlers! by Ruth Nestvold.
Business Start-up: Doing the Work by Elizabeth Ducie.
Sometimes it’s not the wordcount by Brenda Cooper.

And I finally managed to squeeze in a flash story over at Liberty Hall yesterday, too.
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Not a lot of writing news this week, other than I've sold "This is the Way the World Begins" to Daily Science Fiction. More info when I have it.

Links I like from the last week -
Catherine Ryan Howard - Non-US self-publishers and US taxes - how to get the forms you need.
BBC News - A Point Of View: And prizes for all - an article on the proliferation of literary prizes.
Stephanie Burgis - (Type-)Writing Misconceptions - why does every writer in Hollywood use a typewriter?
Ursula Vernon - Elegant and Fine - a great short story about The Problem of The Problem of Susan.
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I'm visiting family this week, and short on internet time, so I've decided to lump my shameless self promotion and links round-up (a day early) into a single post.

Cucurbital 3, the anthology built around the prompts madness, darkness, mattress has now been announced for publication.  It has an immensely creepy cover.
Officially it's released on 26th November but the editor, Lawrence Schoen, is launching it at Capclave and will have copies on hand.

And finally, links I like from the last week:

Alethea Kontis - "Embracing Self-Plagiarism" - a great post on writing process.
Cory Doctorow - "Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts."
Gareth Powell - "All First Drafts Suck" - another great post on writing process.
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It's been a rough week, but today I saw this - and giggled, then cackled, then laughed so much I cried -  and it made everything all better: The God of Cake.


After a week's break we got another veg sack yesterday. They always contain potatoes, carrots, onions, and eggs (not veg, I know), and three or four other fruits or vegetables. This week we got a massive swede, parsnips, cabbage and kale. The selection seems to lend itself towards a roast dinner, so that's the plan for tomorrow. This will probably be followed on Monday by bubble and squeak made with leftover mashed swede and other assorted veg.

We're quite enjoying the veg sacks, but will definitely be glad when swedes are no longer in season! Beyond mashing and roasting we've pretty much run out of ideas for what to do with them, and every one seems bigger than the last. It will be nice when the summer comes and there's a wider variety of veg available.


Also, I appear to have entirely stopped getting LJ notifications, so apologies to anyone who comments on a post or comment and I don't reply.


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Today, in the name of experimentation, and because I can't go on a real road trip, I decided to go on a journey through Wikipedia.

Beginning at National Talk Like a Pirate Day I decided to see if it was possible to get from there to Douglas Adams.

I'm sure we all know what Talk Like a Pirate Day is. Within the article was an intriguing link to "Pastafarians (those who follow the teachings of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) who consider pirates to be absolute divine beings and the original Pastafarians."

A cult of pirate worshippers warranted further study, especially as they further the case for pirates being cooler than ninjas. The Pastafarian link diverted me to an article on the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the highest object of their faith.

Pastafarianism, it turns out, is a parody religion "to protest the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to require the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to biological evolution." And is seen as a modern version of Russell's Teapot.

Whatever that is.

The prospect of a teapot being a parallel to a creature made of spaghetti and meatballs was too tempting an idea to pass up, and so I duly explored Russell's Teapot, also known as the Celestial Teapot:

"If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."

A similar idea, apparently, is the Invisible Pink Unicorn, so naturally I went there next.

"The Invisible Pink Unicorn (IPU) is the goddess of a satiric parody religion aimed at theistic beliefs, which takes the form of a unicorn that is paradoxically both invisible and pink....The IPU is commonly used to highlight the perceived fallacious or arbitrary nature of supernatural beliefs by, for example, replacing the word "God" in any theistic statement with "Invisible Pink Unicorn".

The IPU apparently cast out the Purple Oyster (of Doom) because of a disagreement about pizza toppings, and losing socks is a sign of Her favour.

The information on the IPU handily pointed me to the idea that "colorless green ideas sleep furiously," a nonsense sentence that is yet grammatically perfect and made me immediately think of Tor (of course). This led me to "the gostak distims the doshes," another nonsense sentence that is meant to illustrate the nature of language in that the relationship between the gostak, the doshes, and distimming can be clearly understood even if the words can't:

Q: What is the gostak?
A: The gostak is that which distims the doshes.
Q: What's distimming?
A: Distimming is that which the gostak does to the doshes.
Q: Okay, but what are doshes?
A: The doshes are what the gostak distims.

This is a place that I think Tor would enjoy holidaying in. There is an interactive fiction game called The Gostak, which is written mostly in a nonsense language that the player must decipher. A bit like A Clockwork Orange:

"Glauds! How rorm it would be to pell back to the bewl and distunk them, distunk the whole delcot, let the drokes discren them."

This decidedly strange place led me to the world of interactive fiction. And of course, given as an example of this is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game, "the first interactive fiction game to intentionally cheat players."

Which, of course, led me neatly to Douglas Adams.

Which just goes to show that in Wikipedia you can get to anywhere from anywhere else, if you have too much time on your hands.

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