The Coolest Ice Tray Ever And More Relevant Links

This Han Solo frozen in carbonite ice tray may produce some rather disturbing ice cubes in the eye of the Star Wars layman, but otherwise, I mark it as the single greatest invention ever. Yes, even over antiseptics, sweatpants and waffles. This won’t be available for purchase until July, but due to the internet’s greatness, you can preorder it here.

Links to more relevant writing/sci-fi articles:
– Reasons Why Your Book Won’t Succeed (jakonrath)
– The Characters Must Come First In Any Genre (guidetoliteraryagents)
– Google & Piracy (Jim C. Hines)
– Fantasy Magazine Profiles Orson Scott Card (fantasy-magazine)
– Feuding Dwarf Stars Have Been Destroying Each Other For Millions Of Years (io9)
– Val Reviews Jon Scalzi’s “The God Engines” (Val’s Random Comments)
– Ten Reasons To Bow Down Before Your Shark Overlords (io9)
– Upcoming Writing Conferences: Balticon in Maryland (May 28), Jackson Hole Writers Conference (June 23-26), The Northwestern Summer Writers Conference (Aug 3-5) and PNWA in Seattle (Aug 4-7).

I always want to attend the conference in Jackson Hole. It’s so damn pretty there. I also included the Northwestern conference for fellow Chicagoans to attend (DePaul, Ragdale Foundation, Writers In The Heartland and Lake Forest also have ones in the Chicago/Illinois area this year).

Either way, if you are attending any conferences this year or have in the past, let us know how it went. What do you think is the best writers conference out there (international conferences apply too)? Have you made any fruitful contacts from networking at these conferences? Was it worth the trip? What is your favorite writers conference based on the host city/location?