August 20th, 2009

Muse

More Internet Surfery

. . . Because I've discovered neat things I want to share with you guys. Not at all because I'm lazy.


1. Author Libba Bray writes a funny piece on writing a novel, as love story.

2. A publishing-house intern made awesome chart of elements appearing on the covers of popular 2008 fantasy books. The winner: "swords," followed by "glowy magic."

3. Here's an interesting article on vampires by Guillermo del Toro, who just co-wrote a vampire thriller called The Strain. My favorite part of this piece? I never knew this, but del Toro says the popularity of Dracula came in part from the book's being excitingly high-tech at the time. Telegraphs, typing machines, blood transfusions - all pretty cutting edge in 1897, apparently.

4. Neato book trailer. Put the sound on - the music is maybe my favorite part.

5. At the Public Query Slushpile, we have a fun joke query.

6. In conjunction with the book Rampant, on which I commented enthusiastically last week, we have the official website of the National Unicorn Control Agency. Awesomeness.

7. Literary agent Rachel Gardner's blog was discussing overused words, and posted a list of words writers might want to use sparingly, with the suggestion of using the Search function on words that you personally tend to abuse. Right there with you, Rachel - I'm thinking of searching my novels for "rather," "almost," and "just," two of which make Collapse ).



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