This week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post is perspective. The idea is to show a close up of something and then pan out to reveal not all is as it seems. This is my one.
Everything I know, I’ve learned from the internet. Here’s a sample offering of what I’ve found out in the past week:
- I need to get my shit together re my hairbrush choices (apparently my one is wreaking havoc on my fringe)
- Nick ‘Ron Swanson’ Offerman auditioned for the role of Wolverine
- Today is the 201st anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice
That last one got me thinking, mainly about Mr Darcy. I know, any excuse – AMIRIGHT, LAYDEES?!
I thought I’d post some links to articles I’ve been reading recently that might be of interest. And look at this cool picture I found for you to illustrate the point, you lucky people! Please note: this has nothing to do with the fact I am too braindead to come up with a proper blog post of my own, and everything to do with the fact there’s a lot of interesting stuff kicking about on That Internet right now. You’re welcome.
Five Things For Readers
- Children’s writers respond to bad book reviews – this sits on Monica Edinger’s blog but was the brainchild of Marc Nobleman
- Following a study showing the publishing industry is biased in favour of white writers, Book Riot list 25 Authors of Colour to check out.
- Goosebumps Art to Chill Your Twelve Year Old Heart, at Tor.com
- What Would Yellow Ranger Do? A comic by Shing Yin Kor
- This is from last October but worth a read if you didn’t see it – Lucy Mangan perfectly summing up everything that’s wrong with Bridget Jones
Five Things For Writers
- Joanne Harris collected 10 pieces of advice for writers from other writers
- Chuck Wendig posted on why writing generally takes much longer than you want it to
- Rachel Thompson wrote about why you should stop worrying what other people think and get on with writing
- Lynsey Rogers at the Scottish Book Trust on setting achievable targets (this was a timely reminder for me)
- Addie Zierman on all the things that don’t magically happen just because you’ve signed a book deal
Extra bonus thing
Look, a creature reading! And it’s all furry and cute, even if it is some kind of rodent. I found it on Pinterest, but the source seems to have been a google search – if you are this animal, let me know and I will give you a photo credit.
Windows, says Cheri in this week’s photo challenge post, are portals into the world’s stories. Equally I say to her that stories are our window onto the world. And according to something I saw on Pinterest, someone called Horace Mann once said ‘a house without books is like a room without windows.’ BOOM, bookish version of the challenge, followed by one that involves literal windows.
Happy holidays, everyone! I wrote you another story with the help of the Benedict Cumberbatch name generator. Hope you enjoy it.
Once Upon A Time there was a lad of eight years who went by the name of Bonaparte Cuckooclock.
He lived in a hollowed out tree in an enchanted forest, but he didn’t see anything unusual in that for it was the only life he had ever known – and a very fine life it was too, dining on cherry blossom and morning dew and never having to go to school.
Note to any younger readers: do not try to subsist on a diet of cherry blossom and morning dew. You’ll make yourself spectacularly unwell – Bonaparte was a character in a story, and as such his digestive tract was subject to the whims of the author. You are, one assumes, a human child and as such you need to eat heartier foodstuffs like jam sandwiches and pickled eggs and all those other lovely things children like to eat. Feel free to leave a list in the comments.