This Week's Writing Links

Not a whole lot happens in the publishing industry during the Holidays, so this is a great time to catch up on your reading and relaxing, and put the business end of things out of mind for awhile. Certainly many of us will continue to scribble away into the night, but I believe the helpfulness of a break is often undervalued. Take a break and take in some other things from other mediums/walks of life and I know it will go a long way toward inspiring some new ideas.

But if you have had a lethargic writing winter so far, and are looking for a goal to get back into the swing things, try January 20, 2012. That is the date of the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York. It is the perfect event if you’re looking to find an agent, sell your work, connect with industry professionals and attend seminars. So, if you are going to take a break, keep that one on your radar for a possible return to things of a productive nature. Until then, links.


– Amazon’s Best Science Fiction And Fantasy (amazon)

– New Agent Alert: Claire Dunnington Of The Vicky Bijur Literary Agency (guidetoliteraryagents)

– Writer’s Digest 2012 Conference (writersdigest)

– Nebula Awards Interview: James Patrick Kelly (sfwa)

– A Collection Of The Year’s Best Sci-fi Stories (io9)

– A 12 Day Plan Of Simple Writing Exercises (writersdigest)

– Av Club Reviews Gregory Maguire’s Out Of Oz (avclub)

– Kirkus Review: Best Nonfiction Of 2011 (kirkusreview)

– Report From The Hobbit Set (hobbitblog)

– Successful Queries Agent: Jen Rofe (writersdigest)

– The Great Alan Moore Reread ‘V For Vendetta’ Part 1 (tor)

– 10 Pieces Of Advice From Science Fiction And Fantasy Movies (io9)

– Scientists Discover Monster Black Holes (yahoo)

– Book Trailer For Michael Dempsey’s ‘Necropolis’ (sfsignal)

– Guy Pierce In The Trailer For Luc Besson’s New Space Prison Break Movie (io9)

Monday's Writing Links

Today’s Writing Links feature a glowing review of Stephen King’s  11/22/63, a bold prediction on what book series will be TV’s next ‘Game of Thrones’, and the first entry into the AV Club’s feature Author Meet Reader.

Stephen King, who may only be known to girls age 13-19 as the guy who doesn’t like ‘Twilight’, adds another notch to his already impressive belt full of notches with his latest book 11/22/63.  The novel probes the Kennedy assassination with the fantastical twist of time travel involved. Here is the synopsis:

“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.”

So, be sure to check that one out. Also, as the year draws to a close, one of the many things I look forward to are the end of the year lists that will soon be posted. I really enjoy reading the “best of” lists that come out at the end of the year, especially those regarding books. It’s a great guide for picking up a pile of new books to read for the new year. I’m always perpetually behind on reading books that actually come out that year (I think I only read four or five books published in 2011 this year), but as is the trend, I’ll use most of 2012 to catch up on the rest. I apologize to deserving authors for this twelve month royalty delay, but that’s just the way things seem to happen with me.


– AV Club Reviews Stephen King’s ’11/22/63′ (avclub)

– Having A Sellable Novel Doesn’t Make You A Sell-Out (sfwa)

– Will Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magicians’ Be TVs Next ‘Game Of Thrones’? (mtv)

– JM Tohline: Your Job Is To Write, Not Worry (writersdigest)

– Reader Meets Author: Patton Oswalt (avclub)

– Angry Robot Launching A Young Adult Imprint (io9)

– Lost Interview Of Mark Hamill From 1977 (sfsignal)

– Author Interview With Michael Dempsey (scififanletter)

– Keep An Eye Out For KC Shaw’s ‘Blood & Ashes’ This Week (kcshaw)

Monday's Writing Links

Today’s writing links highlight prominent sci-fi author John Scalzi’s new announced project, Redshirts. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Redshirt comes from Star Trek lore, referring to the expendable red shirted crewmembers who were always fodder for whatever alien culture they encountered in an episode of the show. If you still have any trouble understanding this phenomenon, go back and watch the original Star Trek episodes. Anyone in red standing next to William Shatner when they arrive on a new planet has a life expectancy of about zero.

Scalzi’s attempt on the subject will humorously explore what would have happened if the new redshirt recruits got together to compare notes and finally took notice of the unusually high mortality rate for their position. More details on the synopsis can be found on the website for the always fantastic publisher, Tor. Redshirts won’t be out until Summer 2012, but it will be worth checking out when it releases. In other news, Happy Halloween and here are some links!



– John Scalzi’s Next Project Revealed, ‘Redshirts’ (io9)

– Av Club Reviews Terry Pratchett’s ‘Snuff’ (avclub)

– New Agent Alert: Becky Vinter Of Fineprint Literary Management (guidetoliteraryagents)

– How To Improve Your Researching Skills And Write Accurately (writersdigest)

– Made It Moment: Scott Armstrong (jennymilchman)

– New Author Spotlight: Michael Dempsey (sfsignal)

– Ray Bradbury Video Interview From 1974 (sfsignal)

– George R. R. Martin’s ‘Wild Cards’ To Be Adapted Into Film (tor)

– Copyright Is People (sfwa)

– Scientific, Sword And Sorcery, Galactic? What Is Sci-fi? (karenelliott)

– Incredible But Real Science Fiction And Fantasy Pumpkin Carvings (io9)