This Week’s Writing Links

DoctorSleep2This Week’s Writing links feature Stephen King’s sequel to ‘The Shining’, 10 must reads for March, a matchbook version of Fahrenheit 451 and a list of Sci-fi writers who were awesome inventors too.

After 30 years, Stephen King is finally returning to the universe of ‘The Shining’ with his new novel ‘Doctor Sleep’. Read more about the release over on Sf Signal’s page, but for now, here is what we know about it from the posted synopsis:

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Make sure to keep an eye out for ‘Doctor Sleep’ when it releases September 2013. Until then, here are some links!


– Stephen King’s Shining Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Coming in September 2013 (sfsignal)

– Matchbook Version of Fahrenheit 451 (imgur)

– 5 Sci-fi Writers Who Were Awesome Inventors Too (inktank)

– 10 Must Reads For March (flavorwire)

– 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far By Douglas Brunt (writersdigest)

– AV Club Reviews Karen Lord’s ‘The Best of All Possible Worlds’ (avclub)

– Joe Wright To Direct Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at The End of the Lane’? (avclub)

– The Best Places To Be If You Love Books (buzzfeed)

This Week’s Writing Links

We start off this week’s writing links with the 2012 Hugo Winners, AV Club’s review of Sorry Please Thank You: Stories by Charles Yu, an interview with literary agent Lindsay Edgecombe and tips on how to utilize Goodreads to its fullest potential.

This year’s Hugo Awards saw some surprises as George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons did not win the best novel category (although a friend did point out that he won the Lifetime Achievement award and this may have been an example of spreading out some of the love to others), instead going to Jo Walton’s Among Others. Neil Gaiman also won an award for writing a Doctor Who episode and Game of Thrones won best long form dramatic presentation to further bolster Martin’s award shelf.

In other news I was a friend’s birthday dinner away from making Patrick Rothfuss’ Chicago signing/Q & A, but will sadly have to wait for his next pass through the city, more than likely when his final Kingkiller Chronicle novel releases. I have been rereading his two books in anticipation of The Doors of Stone‘s arrival, but fear that could be in the realm of 2014 and beyond. For now, we only have our links to keep us company as we wait for that far off day.


– 2012 Hugo Award Winners (tor)

– AV Club Reviews Charles Yu’s Sorry Please Thank You: Stories (avclub)

– 20 Famous Writers On Death And Mortality (flavorwire)

– Iconic Author Wayne Zurl Has A September 29th Release (pumpyourbook)

– Literary Agent Interview: Lindsay Edgecombe (guidetoliteraryagents)

– 5 Ways Writers Can Get The Most Out Of Goodreads (writersdigest)

– SF Signal Reviews Clean By Alex Hughes (sfsignal)

– 7 Freelance Writing Scams And How To Avoid Them (sfwa)

– JA Konrath’s Writing Code Of Ethics (jakonrath)

– RIP Michael Clarke Duncan (eonline)


This Week's Writing Links

This Week’s Writing Links feature some clever logo branding for the Milwaukee Public Library’s new ad campaign, 10 common mistakes writers make at conferences, 10 legendary bad boys of literature and a video of soccer prodigy Lionel Messi when he was being an amazing (and classy) 10-year-old, because why not?

I’m always happy to support a library branch, especially while our own city branches weather some harsh budget cuts. Although Milwaukee is certainly utilizing a clever approach with their campaign, you have to wonder if using popular social media branding may ultimately just remind kids that they need to check twitter. Here’s to hoping that’s not the case.

Also, SF Signal, a site I’m a big fan of, just underwent a design update, so make sure to stop by and check it out. In other news, links.


– Milwaukee Public Library’s New “Social Media” Ad Campaign (mpl)

– How To Avoid 10 Common Conferences Mistakes That Writers Make (writersdigest)

– Io9’s Books To Read In 2012 (io9)

– AV Club Reviews Roberto Bolano’s ‘The Third Reich’ (avclub)

– 10 Legendary Bad Boys Of Literature (flavorwire)

– Nominees For The 2011 Phillip K. Dick Award Announced (tor)

– JA Konrath Interviews Editor Susan Tunis (jakonrath)

– Seven Princes: An Epic Fantasy That Doesn’t Hold Back On The Epic (io9)

– Book Publicity: Working With Bookstores (sfwa)

– Genre Resolutions For 2012 (sfsignal)

– How Your Characters Write Themselves And Why You Have To Listen (jarrethdak)

– Soccer Prodigy Lionel Messi At Age 10 Being Amazing (youtube)