APFOL: November 8-14

Interesting posts and other things that have caught my eye this week. It isn’t actually everything, since I didn’t want to kill myself copy-pasting, so for the entire link collection check out my Delicious page.

And now, I present to you, my readers: Awesome Post Full of Links #11: November 8-14!

Books in General

  • Story Psych: A Semi-Scientific Look at What Makes a Good Story / Tor.com
    “Memorable does not necessarily equal good, but it would make sense that a story with scenes and characters that stick in readers’ minds would be far more likely to become a success than one without that sticking power. While you’re reading, you’ll enjoy a story more if you have a clear memory of what came before and how the events are building to the climax. And afterward, if you continue to remember and think about the story, there’s a sense that you’ve read something powerful.”
  • What is it with coffee? / Tor.com
    “Even liking funny words, I have a problem with coffee in science fiction and fantasy. It’s clearly coffee, but nobody ever calls it coffee. There certainly are words that can throw a reader out of the world of the story, but is coffee really one of them?”
  • Reading with Tofu – mediabistro.com: GalleyCat
    “the simple program rearranges digital text into columns, allowing the user to read in columns from left-to-right, rather than endlessly scrolling down.” Eh, I’m not convinced.
  • What’s In A Zine: New Book Explores DIY Feminist Roots – zines – Jezebel
    “While zines are closely related to the punk movement and its hardcore, tough-guy posturing, riot grrrls and DIY-feminists turned to the photocopied pages as a way of ripping apart pop culture and pasting it together again in collages and text that was at once both rebellious and celebratory.”

Authors & Publishers

  • Warren Ellis » Scripts
    “People often ask me what comics scripts look like — or, at least, what my comics scripts look like, as there is no industry standard for comics scriptwriting. I have a few scripts up here on the site, and you’re welcome to download them.”
  • How to save time in book publicity « The Book Publicity Blog
    “I’ve posted a lot about what drives me crazy (what can I say — I can be a complainer) but I thought it would also be useful to post about a couple life savers from these past few crazy weeks.”
  • Jackson Pearce – The F-Bomb
    “There’s been a lot of talk about why authors should or shouldn’t use mature language, themes, or concepts in YA literature. So I did a video!”


  • Top Five Ways to Survive in Dystopia | Yule Time Reading
    “In dystopia, fertility always seems to be a bit of an issue. Usually that issue involves the inability to have children or people are eating the children. Either way, I’d recommend having a child, not eating them, and then doing your best to make sure that child survives.”

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