Link Feast, vol. 56

Welcome to the Link Feast. I hope you’ve had productive two weeks. The next Link Feast is coming out on Sunday 31st of March.

After you’ve checked out some links, could you please write a comment and tell me which links and topics you found most useful or interesting. What particular challenges or issues you are facing right now? Do comment.

But now, please enjoy today’s offering.


If You Have Time For Only One Thing


How to Write Emotions: An Experimental Study by Matt Gianni

How to Write Emotion: An Experimental Study


On Writing


Self-Rejection: What It Is, Why You Do It and How to Eject It’s Ass Out of the Airlock by Chuck Wendig


Writing the “Perfect” Book by Fae Rowan

Writing the Perfect Book


Should You Write to the Market? by Kathy Edens


3 Surefire Ways to Write More Consistently by Nick Maccarone


How Do We Set Goals When Trying Something New by Jami Gold

How Do We Set Goals When Trying Something New?


A Glimpse at a Best-Selling Pantser’s Process. (Author Diana Gabaldon shares how she writes her stories + some chapter titles for her newest book)


How to Write a Book in 3 Days by Tim Dedopoulos (NaNoWrikend – How Michael Moorcock and pulp masters of yore pulled off writing 50K words in 3 days)


Three Ways to Use Dungeons & Dragons to Improve Your Writing by Zulie Rane


(There are many other roleplaying games of various genres out there than just Dungeons & Dragons, which is a fantasy RPG. But D&D is one of the most common game, and easiest to find playing groups for if none of your friends are playing and aren’t interested in trying)


The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel by David Corbett

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel


How Long Will Your Book Be? By David Farland


Plot, Character and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction by K.M. Weiland

Plot, Character, and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction


Create Characters In 60 Seconds by Laurence McNaughton


The Practical Guide to Using Character Archetypes in Your Novel by Janice Hardy


Bonding Character and Reader by James Scott Bell

Bonding Character and Reader


Working With the Shadow: A Writer’s Guide by Joslyn Robinson


Can You Really Fall in Love With a Fictional Character by Noah Spud

Can You Really Fall In Love With a Fictional Character?


Exploring the Hero’s Journey: The Writer’s Guide by Joslyn Robinson


Creating Three Dimensional Villains: Lessons From Buffy and Firefly by Scott McCormick


A Guide to Changing Someone Else’s Beliefs by Kate Morgan (handy information for a manipulative villain, or a character who persuades for his/her job)


The 10 Rules of Writing a Large Cast of Characters by K.M. Weiland

The 10 Rules of Writing Large Casts of Characters


Plot Twists in Fiction: Making a Story Standout by Fransesca Turauskis


Watch Out! Avoiding Sneaky Plot Holes by Jami Gold

Watch Out! Avoiding Sneaky Plot Holes


You Get One Page to Hook the Reader. Yes, Really by Janice Hardy


Writing About Controversial Topics by Michael Gallant


The Last Fifty Pages Make Or Break Your Novel by James Scott Bell


More Than a Happy Ending: What Makes a Story Uplifting by Jami Gold

More Than a Happy Ending: What Makes a Story Uplifting?


Writing Lessons From TV: Slang Can Help Create Your World by Scott McCormick


Story Threads: Fixing Rips In Our Story by Jami Gold

Story Threads: Fixing Rips in Our Story


Editing For Authors: 7 Ways to Tighten Your Story and Cut Costs by Kristen Lamb


Taming the Synopsis: 4 Steps for Perfecting One-Page and Long-Form Synopses by Ammi-Joan Paquette


How Saleable Are Short Stories? The Benefits of Writing Shorter by Sarah Dahl


Publishing Industry & Self-Publishing


The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing in 2018 by Bea & Leah Coch (The Ripped Bodice Bookstore)


Pitching: Writing Excuses Podcast Transcript


Why books are the length they are by Charlie Stross (he is talking about hardcover books)


Why I don’t self-publish by Charlie Stross (what all background work traditional publishing house is doing for authors)


Why I do self-publish by Linda Nagata (response to the above post)


Interview with R.K. Thorne, author of Mage Slave by A.J. Blakemont (Thorne is a self-published author and she shares her path there)


Book Marketing, Blogging & Social Media


Opinion: What Makes Readers Buy Books by Maggie Lynch (survey results)


Dungeons and Dragons and Reader Psychology by Chris Fox

Dungeons & Dragons and Reader Psychology


The #1 Goal For Your Book Marketing by Tim Grahl

The #1 Goal for Your Book Marketing


Business Musings: Shifting Attitudes (Planning for 2019, part 7) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Being profilic is a good thing and micro influencers are better than one for all curation)

Business Musings: Shifting Attitudes (Planning For 2019 Part 7)


How to Build Your Author Brand by CJ Lyons


No More Platform Anxiety, Please by James Scott Bell

No More Platform Anxiety, Please


Creating Your Author Brand as a Self-Published Author by Carla King

Creating Your Brand As A Self-Published Author


How to Find Writing Success by Leaving Your Niche by Pat Aitcheson (mainly applies to blogging but also contains some general writing advice)


Five Things You Need as Your Begin Your Career as a Self-Published Author by Steven Spatz

Five Things You Need As You Begin A Career As A Self-Published Author


A Writer’s Opinion on 5 Social Media Platforms by Sam H. Arnold


Deep Stuff


There’s an optimal way to organize your day – and it’s not the 8-hour workday by Dr. Travis Bradberry


Why Willpower Is Overrated by Brian Resnick


After the 30-Day Social Media Ban: What Surprised Me & What I’m Changing by Roni Loren


An Oxford researcher says there are seven moral rules that unite humanity by Jenny Anderson


See Through Words by Michael Erard (how to create metaphors consciously)


Fun Stuff


Best Harry Potter Escape Rooms by Katisha Smith (in the US and UK mainly)


11 Mythical Creatures Lurking in Finland’s Lakes and Forests by Jessica Wood


Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived by Naima Mohamud (he was king of the African Mali empire)


Read Harder 2019: A Book of Mythology or Folklore by Cassie Gutman


Spring’s Big Sci-fi and Fantasy Books by Hayley at Goodreads


Spring’s Most Epic YA books by Marie at Goodreads


The Sweetest (and Sexiest) Romance Books of Spring by Hayley at Goodreads


Hot Off the Press: 31 New Paranormal and Speculative Titles Releasing in March by Kristina at All Things UF


All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in March (Tor)

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in March!

Captain Marvel Movie Review

I saw Marvel’s latest superhero film Captain Marvel yesterday and was totally thrilled. I give this one 10/10 because I was enraptured the whole time and could not have wished for anything more. A perfect package with splashes of humour, female power and a unique 90s tone that made the MCU feel fresh again.

This movie is a perfect gateway to the Avengers Endgame in just few months. In the end credits we see… well, I won’t tell what we see 😉 But this is will likely be a scene in the Avengers movie itself.

I will do a quick squee of the highlights of the film to me.

– Brie Larson’s acting. She is an Oscar winner for a reason.

– the Stan Lee tribute in the beginning. And we get a cameo, yay!

– the chemistry between Vers/Carol and her mentor Yon-Rogg, played by always delicious Jude Law. Alas, it won’t come to anything but a girl can dream. Le sigh.

– Vers kicking ass with her hands tied up

– the hilarity of announcing herself as to earthen people as a space woman and them thinking she’s a total loonie

– hitting the grandma in the train (this was in the trailer) and the battle that ensues

– the cat! (will be the coolest later on but mentionted here so the next bit won’t be so confusing)

– young Nick Fury. Much less motherf*cking but still badass. And much petting the cute pussy. The cat, that is 😉 Total Save the Cat moments. And the first appearance of rookie Coulson who bucks the rules to do the right thing. We also get to see how exactly Fury lost his eye.

– alien autopsy

– the wonderful relationship between Carol, Marie Rambeau and Marie’s daughter Monica. Who in the comics became a superhero called Spectrum (or even Captain Marvel herself after Carol). Definately passes the Bechdel test. I loved the daughter calling out on mom wanting to stay back and stay with her as showing a bad rolemodel to her daughter.

– the cool 90s soundtrack. I jammed to the sound of Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage, Waterfalls by TLC and Just a Girl by No Doubt.

– the hilarity of bad 90s tech. The loading times and crappy internet were pain indeed. And no Google yet.

– the twist with the skrulls. Nope, my lips are sealed on this one. You need to see  it yourself. But I’d totally become a ping pong master in that time too.

– the montage of Carol being pushed down by men. Grrr. But of course she prevailed, got back on her two feet and kept on fighting.

– Carol p0wning in the end and Ronan the Accuser being totally impressed with her

So yeah, it rocked. Go see it already.

Are you a fan of superhero movies? If so, what has been your favourite one? And what do you think of 90s music? Any favourite songs (they don’t have to be 90s ones)? Post a comment below.

Link Feast vol. 55


If You Have Time For Only One Thing


Creating Your Own Personal Commandments (Plus, I’m Sharing Mine!) by Roni Loren


And a bonus, since this is creating the commandments for your writing life


A Writer’s Manifesto by Julie Duffy


On Writing


Business Musings: Priorities by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (seriously, read this post. Majorly important topic. And relates to the 2 above must read posts….)


Creativity: 3 Ways to Cultivate Discipline in Your Writing Life by Nathan Wade


Creativity, Symbolism and Writing With the Tarot With Caroline Donahue by Joanna Penn

Creativity, Symbolism And Writing With The Tarot With Caroline Donahue


Staying Interested In Your Work by Chris Winkle


Getting Unstuck and Avoiding Writer’s Block by Tiffany Yates-Martin

Getting Unstuck and Avoiding Writer’s Block


Mining Reader Reviews For Story Gold by Nancy Johnson (every 1 star review is a failed reader expectation)

Mining Reader Reviews for Story Gold


Do You Have a Story Concept, or Just a Cool Idea? by Cathy Yardley

Do You Have a Story Concept, or Just a Cool Idea?


Story Tropes: How Do We Twist the Cliche by Jami Gold

Story Tropes: How Do We Twist a Cliché?


The Dual Plot Structure That Makes Stories a Success by Chris Winkle


Six Stories That Covered Up Major Plot Holes by Oren Ashkenazi


The Ordinary World: How Much and How Ordinary? by Donald Maass


How to Make Dominant Female Characters Like-Able by Lisa Hall-Wilson

How To Make Dominant Female Characters Like-Able


Jaime Lannister and Sympathetic Monsters: A Look At a Master by Dave King


Writing What You Don’t Believe by David Corbett

Writing What You Don’t Believe


What’s the Matter With Superheroes: The Villain Problem by Matt Bird


How to Realistically Depict Evil by Oren Ashkenazi

How to Realistically Depict Evil


Making Sympathetic Antagonists and Why Thanos Wasn’t One by Mira Singer


How to Raise the Stakes in a Novel by Nathan Bransford

How to raise the stakes in a novel


7 Ways to Bring Characters Together by Chris Winkle

Seven Ways to Bring Characters Together


Constructing a Compelling Romance by Chris Winkle

Constructing a Compelling Romance


Five Characters Who Got Too Powerful by Oren Ashkenazi (how to deal with the power creep, especially relevant for book series)


Making a Case For Poetry (And For Pillows, Lampposts and Subway Seats That Speak) by Sarah Callender

Making the Case for Poetry (and for Pillows, Lampposts, and Subways Seats that Speak)


Five Tips For Telling Stories of Resistance by Oren Ashkenazi


Five Reasons to Not Write a Persecution Flip Story by Dave Lerner


A Quiet Hero’s Journey: Processing Trauma in Fantasy by Leah Schnelbach

A Quiet Hero’s Journey: Processing Trauma in Fantasy


5 Sci-fi, Fantasy and Dystopian Tests That Aren’t What They Seem by Stubby the Rocket


Holidays in Hell and Other Delights: A Worldbuilding Workshop by Holly Lisle (how to create unique holidays for your stories)


Fudging History: Is It Ever OK? By Juliet Marillier

Fudging History: Is It Ever OK?


Blind Spots and Obsessions in Historical Fiction: What Were They Thinking? By Dave King

Blind Spots and Obsessions in Historical Fiction: What Were They Thinking?


The Editor’s Clinic: Brave New World by Dave King

The Editor’s Clinic: Brave New World


How Writing Short Stories Can Help You Hone Your Novel-Writing Skills by Julie Duffy

Short Training for Your Long Game: How Writing Short Stories Can Help You Hone Your Novel-Writing Skills


Outline a Short Story in Seven Steps by Chris Winkle


Publishing Gossip & Having a Long Term Writing Career


Business Musings: Ghostwriting, Plagiarism and the Latest Scandal by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Business Musings: Getting to the Stories You Love by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


And if you haven’t yet read the 3 first articles linked to in this post, I highly recommend that you do so when you have a free moment. They cover topics crucial to sustaining a long term writing career.


Finding Your Perfect Niche in Fiction by Edwin McRae (suitable especially for self-publishing authors but useful for anyone who ponders which genre story to tackle first, or considers a genre change)

Finding Your Perfect Niche In Fiction


Book Marketing, Blogging & Social Media


How Do You Find New Readers by Tim Grahl


The Author’s Guide to Tribes by Tim Grahl

The Author’s Guide to Tribes


How to Write a Blog: 10 Tips For Writing Strong Web Content by Anne R. Allen


Should You Have a Webpage by Ilona Andrews (if you intend to blog and share your writing journey before getting published, the answer is yes)


10 Reasons to Start an Author Blog: And Why It Is Easier Than You Think by Anne R. Allen


How to Use Your Book Cover to Sell More Books by A.D. Starrling

How To Use Your Book Cover To Sell More Books


Everything You Need to Know About Pinterest SEO by Cathrin Manning


How to Crush Tailwind (App) for Pinterest: Ultimate Guide by Louise Myers


(Tailwind is an analytics & Pin scheduling tool, kind of like Hootsuite for Twitter. I started using this one and am really loving it. You can schedule 100 Pins for free, after that it costs 15$/month)


Deep Stuff


What Marie Kondo Says About Our New Ear of Self-Help by Claire Turrell (each decade has it’s own guru who catches the zeitgeist of that era, and Marie Kondo is it for 2010s)


Introverted? Here Are the Jobs For You by Nick Clayton (really fascinating stories)


The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Art Thief by Michael Finkel


21 Women Get Brutally Real About What Men Need to Know About Raising Daughters by Mike Spohr


Teenagers and Sex in Books by Ilona Andrews

Teenagers and Sex in Books


Fun Stuff


What’s the Best April Fool’s Prank You’ve Ever Pulled Off by Krista Torres (there’s some gold in the comments)


39 Amazing New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Check Out in March by Cheryl Eddy


Five Genre Bending Young Adult Books by Astrid Scholte


Thirty Erotic Novels That Are Actually Erotic by Suleikha Snyder

Link Feast vol. 54

It has been a long time since the last update. The Link Feasts are back and will be a bi-weekly thing. I will post the next one on Sunday 3rd of March.


If You Have Time For Only One Thing


For the Love of the Process: 6 Questions to Hone Your Creative Workflow by Bob Mayer

How to Fall in Love with the Writing Process: 6 Questions to Hone Your Creative Workflow


And a bonus, since these questions are really useful:


Four Questions to Ask When a Character Is Clever by Oren Ashkenazi




The Story That Holds You Back by Kathryn Craft


Make the Ordinary Come Alive by Kristan Hoffman


Are You Tethered to the Wrong Story? by Harper Glenn

Are You Tethered to the Wrong Story?


The Ultimate Writer Productivity Guide by Tim Grahl


This Handy Chart Automatically Generates a Pitch For Your Next Novel by Electric Literature


The 10 Step Checklist to Writing an Above Average Novel by K.M. Weiland


Want to Improve Your Writing? Change Your Thinking by Janice Hardy


Putting Your Worst Foot Forward: Why You Should Play to Your Weaknesses As an Author by Charlie Jane Anders

Putting Your Worst Foot Forward: Why You Should Play to Your Weaknesses as an Author


The 10 Urges That Stories Can Satisfy by Matt Bird


What If Somebody Steals Your High Concept Book Idea? by Anne R. Allen

What if Somebody Steals Your High Concept Book Idea?


An Easy Tip For Tightening Your Novel’s Plot by Janice Hardy


4 Things Every Romance Writer Needs to Know About Plot by Sarah Younger (agent)


How to Study Plot and Character by K.M. Weiland


How Do Pantsers Develop Characters by Jami Gold

How Do Pantsers Develop Characters?


Six Reasons Why the Fire Nation Is Such a Good Villain by Oren Ashkenazi (the series in question is Avatar the Airbender)


Taking Character Relationships to the Next Level by Angela Ackerman

Taking Character Relationships to the Next Level


Five Character Archetypes Who Can Steal the Hero’s Spotlight by Oren Ashkenazi


Five Common Romance Mistakes by Oren Ashkenazi


Seven Great Sources of Conflict For Romances

Seven Great Sources of Conflict for Romances


Removing the Creeps From Romance by Chris Winkle


Pulling Your Hero Into the Magical Realm by Chris Winkle


All Is Lost: Four Kind of Deaths by Janice Hardy


Begin From the Middle: How to Start Your Story In Medias Res by Paul Buchanan


Our Story’s Essence: What’s the Story We Want to Tell by Jami Gold


How to Write Unique Themes by K.M. Weiland


Theme = Good vs. Good by Matt Bird


Great Genre Stories Must Be Metaphors by Matt Bird


Five Dualities That Can Replace Good and Evil by Chris Winkle


Why Social Justice Is Intrinsic to Storytelling by Chris Winkle


5 Common Storytelling Mistakes in the Pursuit of Social Justice by Chris Winkle


6 Hugely Popular Books That Accidentally Screwed the World by Jacopo della Quercia


How to Keep Your Book Relevant After It’s Release by Gary McPherson

How to Keep Your Book Relevant After Its Release


From YA to YEAH: 4 Ways to Keep Teen & Young Adult Readers Hooked by Lorena Koppel


6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing LGBTQI+ Characters In Teen Fiction by Lisa Freeman


Firearms: Know Your Weapon! by Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes


The Editor’s Clinic: The Limits of Editing by Dave King

The Editor’s Clinic: The Limits of Editing


A Novella Approach: 5 Tips For Writing Short Stories by Suleikha Snyder


There’s a Weird, Sexist Problem in Fantasy That We Need to Talk About by Mya Nunnally (female authors’ books are being classified as YA even though their content is mature)


Meet The Women Who Are Building a Better Romance Industry by Bim Adewumni (the topic is diversity)


A Harvardian in a Romancelandia by Caroline Linden


The Origin of the Clinch Covers on Romance Novels by Jessica Avery (think Fabio)


15 of the Best Online Writing Communities For Authors (


Agents, Querying & Publishing Industry


Truths About Publishing You Can Only Learn in the Trenches by Heather Webb

Truths about Publishing You Can Only Learn in the Trenches


Writer’s 101: Literary Agent Sarah Younger Shares Tips For New Authors by Frolic Media

Writer’s 101: Literary Agent Sarah Younger Shares Her Tips For New Authors


Writer’s 101: An Anonymous Editor Spills How To Get Your [Romance] Manuscript Picked Up by Frolic Media


Choosing the Perfect Comparative Titles by Sam Brody


Comp Titles – An Elevator Pitch for Your Book by Andrea Bachofen


The Disastrous Decline in Author Incomes Isn’t Just Amazon’s Fault by Carrie V. Mullins


Business Musings: The Current State of Disruption (Planning For 2019, part 1) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Business Musings: Sales (Planning For 2019, part 2) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Business Musings: Bookstores and Libraries (Planning For 2019, part 3) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Business Musings: Audio (Planning For 2019, part 5) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Business Musings: Tidbits (Planning For 2019, part 4) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Big 5 mergers and closing of imprints and focus on diversity)

Business Musings: Tidbits (Planning for 2019 Part 5)


Trends in Publishing by Stephen Spatz

Trends In Publishing


Wattpad Books: The Next Stage In the Platform’s Content Development by Porter Anderson


The ‘Future Book’ Is Here But It’s Not What We Expected by Craig Mod


Self Publishing


Traditional vs. Self-Publishing by Tim Grahl

Traditional vs Self Publishing: The Last Decision Guide You’ll Need


What a Year of Self Publishing Taught Me by Talia Hibbert


How a Writing Website [Wattpad] Changed My Life and Could Change Yours Too by Jordan Lynde


Book Marketing


The Story About the Story: Or, How Writers Talk About Their Books by Chuck Wendig

The Story About The Story: Or, How Writers Talk About Their Books


Book Marketing Plan: The Definitive Checklist by Tim Grahl

Book Marketing Plan The Definitive Checklist


Author Website: Examples, Templates and How to Build One by Tim Grahl


Consider These 8 Marketing Tips in 2019 by Ann-Marie Nieves

Consider these 8 Marketing Tips in 2019


How to Calendarize Your Book Marketing Approach by Dawn Reno Langley


Which Readers Would Also Read Your Books: Finding Comp Titles by Amy Alessio

Which Readers Would Also Read Your Books? Finding Comp Titles by Amy Alessio


The secret to writing emails your audience will love? Serve, don’t sell by Katie Parrott


The Connection System: Book Marketing 101 by Tim Grahl


Want Authorly Superpowers? Build a Street Team by Angela Ackerman

Want Authorly Superpowers? Build a Street Team!


The Book Launch Framework: How I Keep Launching Bestselling Books by Tim Grahl


Starting Over But Not From a Scratch: Book Marketing Insights From a Third-Career Debut Novelist by Rita Dragonette


Guest Blogging is the Best Free Publicity for Writers: 12 Tips For Landing Effective Guest Blog Spots by Anne R. Allen


Putting the “Social” in Social Media by Jenny Hansen (collection of great links about the topic + tips)

WITS Throwdown: Putting the “Social” in Social Media


Using Pinterest to Visualize Your Author Brand by Neda Dallal


(Pinterest is fun, I promise you. It’s a social media where you don’t actually have to be social. Perfect for introverted authors)


7 Tips To Writing Stellar (& Stress-Free) Book Reviews by Cici Ford


Deep Stuff


The curse of “busy-ness”: How to take control of your life by Stephanie Lee


5 strategies to find more time by Elizabeth Grace Saunders


My 2019 Planner and Journal Line Up by Roni Loren (Planners and making them pretty is Roni’s hobby and they also help her to be more productive – and her writing career is a proof of that)


The Read Wide Challenge 2019 by Roni Loren (Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort reading zone)


How to Fight Your Way Out of a Reading Slump by Sumaiyya Naseem


Reading Goals: 2018 vs 2019 by Elizabeth Sagan (some great recommendations and tips on how to read more and keep a track of your reading)


Whose Story (and Country) Is This? by Rebecca Solnit


Into the Dark by Sharon Gormley (the Thai cave rescue heroes)


Learning Chess at Forty by Tom Vanderbilt (he is learning with his daughter – and she is beating him)


A firm whose staff are all autistic by Jane Wakefield


Tidying Up With Marie Kondo Isn’t Really a Makeover by Sarah Archer (I binged this series during the holidays. Highly recommended)


Marie Kondo and the Privilege of Clutter by Arielle Bernstein


The inside story of Bandersnatch, the weirdest Black Mirror tale yet by Matt Reynolds (this episode is a Choose Your Own Adventure thing and here’s a glimpse to how it was created)


The Philosopher Redefining Equality (Elizabeth Anderson) by Nathan Heller (this is academic  but super interesting, IMO. Maybe you’ll find it fascinating too)


Fun Stuff


The Evolution of Jason Momoa’s Hotness by Martin Aguilera


Is Chris Evans the Hottest Chris? There’s Mathematical Proof by Katee Robert


7 Epic Fan Romance Battles by Chris Winkle


The 5 Best Romantic Movies of All Time by Caden Armstrong


Trope Rec: Retellings


The Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2019 by Stubby the Rocket (Tor) (24 delicious SF books coming out this year)


All the Genre Television We’re Looking Forward to in 2019 by Stubby the Rocket (Tor)


Nine Must-have Book Sequels For 2019 by Suleikha Snyder (plus of course the previous book(s) of the series if you haven’t read them yet)

Nine Must-have Book Sequels for 2019

Thor de Finland: Channeling the God of Thunder

Thor God of Thunder

Unboxing Thor

Light at last. After days of darkness and jostling in a cardboard sarcophagus, I was free again.

Oh times, oh manners. Isn’t this the age of aeroplanes and first class flights? If this is how people treat honored guests, I don’t want to know how they treat their enemies.

I am Thor, the God of Thunder. This time my world tour had brought me to Finland, the land of the fabled weather witches. If you haven’t been following my journey, the stories of the previous stops are really worth reading.

My gracious hostess was Reetta (what a tongue twister of a name), her husband and two children.

After polite greetings, I inquired if they had anyone named Barbie living in the house. To my relief, wanna-be Mrs. Thor had no relations here.

Dinner went well. Remembering the human ways of asking for another filling, I refrained from smashing any mugs and plates.

Thor baking

Thor baking

Dessert was a do-it-yourself thing. We baked gingerbreads. Even a god can experience new things.

Piglets, bears and various feminine shapes demanded a manly counterpart. Hammertime.

Thor baking Mjölnir

Mjölnir cookie

I haven’t done much crafting since divine pre-school. It was actually really fun. And this wasn’t the last of it. Father’s Day was coming and the children made cards for their daddy dear.

I have to say, I’m not very pleased with my old man for sending me on this earthly humble pie journey but you have to respect yer elders. So here you go All-Father.

Odin runes

Happy Father’s Day, Odin

This Reetta woman had a strange gleam in her eyes when she told me that she wasn’t going to take me to work with her. I heard some muttering of “mine, all mine.” Scary.

After frolicking outside in the snow, I discovered the Portal. Utterly fascinating, a whole new dimension I had never heard of. It wasn’t any of the Nine Realms, that’s for sure.

Thor Skylanders portal

Thor and the Portal

I was guided in the art of Playstation by a friendly giantess named Ninjini. I have been known to have a soft spot for exotic ladies but I swear I stayed true to Mum, err, Debra.

Thor Ninjini

Thor and Ninjini

The day passed in a whirl of new found digital addiction. When the children got home, they demanded their game back. Selfish brats.

Lets just say that put me into a mood. Luckily there was a worthy target for my wrath, Orcus, a demon prince and Lord of the Undead. Pretty fancy title, huh?

Thor vs. Orcus

Thor vs. Orcus

The little spoilsports had to foil that too. No fighting?! How in Hel do these humans have fun?

I… I almost can’t speak of what came next. Naughty spot. Curfew. *sob*

The humiliation. Bested by two little brats. I, Thor, who have not been bested by anyone but crone Elli, the Old Age herself. And well, Lara. And Sheila. And the previous human child…. But who’s counting. This globe tour better be worth the throne of Asgard.

I just can’t take it anymore in this household. Farewell Finland, it’s been an experience.

The first available plane flies to Malta… I sense an adventure waiting.

But alas, so we won’t part in too somber mood, lets end it with a song.

And this video made me like children again.

The End.

Now I want to hear from you. If Thor came to visit you, what would you show him? And do you have a favorite superhero?

Link Feast For Writers, vol 52

Hello dear readers, this Link Feast’s alive. It’s alive!

I’m sorry for neglecting you. Work has been crazy since I shifted departments. Excuses, schmexcuses but I will get bi-weekly steady again.

I’ve been sitting on these links for a while so it’s time to push this baby out into the world. Luckily the best writing advice and good blog posts in general don’t have an expiration date.

But if you want the freshest writing tips, I recommend you to check out the other link mash-ups in the Collected Wisdom section.

Next Link Feast coming up in two weeks on Sunday. Wrote that down to my calendar even. Or I will when I find it under all the crap 😛 House work hasn’t exactly been steady either.

Anyway, enjoy the links. And please leave a comment 🙂


If You Have Time For Only One Thing

How to Create a Three-Phase Writing Ritual by Debra Eve


On Writing

Learning From the Masters by Gabriela Pereira (the 4 types of books writers should read)

168 Hours: Time and Productivity #1 by Gene Lempp

Time Managament Tip: “Yes Makes Less” by Jenny Hansen

What’s on Your “Why To Do It” List? by Carleen Brice

Dreaming Big by Sharon Bially

10 Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice by Jeff Goins

When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left by Robin LaFevers

Fear: The Uninvited Guest by Robin LaFevers

Writing Is Magic by Kristan Hoffman

How to Be an Author 24/7 by Bill Ferris

Fifty Lessons From Fifty Shades of Grey – Part I (Writer Unboxed)

Fifty Lessons From Fifty Shades of Grey – Part II (Writer Unboxed)

Fifty Lessons From Fifty Shades of Grey – Part III (Writer Unboxed)

Drive, Don’t Chase by Jael McHenry (On following writing trends)

Levels of Conflict by John Vorhaus

4 Big Pitfalls in Story Opening by K.M. Weiland

The First Ten Pages of a Sceenplay by Erik Bork (totally applicable to the first chapter of a novel)

Adapting Screenplay Structure to Genre Novels by James Preston

Avoiding Boring Character Biographies by David Corbett

5 Reasons Why Han Solo Is the Most Realistic Person in Star Wars by Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin

Clothing Your Characters by Liz Michalski

Letting Your Characters Go by Juliet Marillier

Baby Got Back…. Story by Tiffany Reisz

Doing Research by D.B. Jackson

4 Steps to Successful Revisions by Cathy Yardley

Self-Editing For Everyone, Part 4: The Weakeners by Bridget McKenna

Cliffhangers and Book Series by Kristi Cook

Blind Spots and Obsessions in Historical Fiction: What Were They Thinking? by Dave King


Book Marketing & Blogging

5 ways to write a blow-your-mind manifesto by Alexandra Franzen

What are you about? What’s the theme of your life? Make me care. Nay, inspire me.

Marketing: Finding and Selling to Non-Book Book Audiences by Peter McCarthy

The Importance of Knowing Our Audience by Elizabeth S. Craig

Release Activities For the Reluctant Promoter by Elizabeth S. Craig

Don’t know what to blog about? 88 pieces of fill-in-the-blank inspiration by Alexandra Franzen

The Shy Writer’s Cocktail Party Survival Guide by Anne Greenwood Brown


Traditional Publishing

5 Reasons to Turn to Traditional Publishers Rather Than Self-Publish by Meg Waite Clayton

5 Essential Elements For Pitching Romance by Marcy Kennedy

How to Maintain a Healthy Author/Agent Relationship by Elizabeth Weed


Social Media

Twitter: A Dangerous Sense of Entitlement by Annie Neugebauer

3 Tips on Cleaning Up Your Twitter Account by Jenny Hansen

What If You Hate Facebook? Are You DOOMED? by Lisa Hall-Wilson

The B.A.R.F. Score: How To Know if Social Media is Working For You by Dan Blank


Collected Wisdom

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig

Writing Resources by Gene Lempp

Must-Read Monday by Yesenia Vargas


Deep Stuff

100 Questions to Inspire Rapid Self-Discovery by Alexandra Franzen

I Did Not Marry My One True Love by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Insomnia, Wizard Vans, and Why Modern Women Read “50 Shades of Grey” by Kristen Lamb


Fun Stuff

10 Funniest Lines in all of Star Wars (According to me) by Ryan Britt

He’s That Bad and That Likeable: Pitch Black by Theresa Delucci

The Chronicles of Riddick: What Happens When You Let Vin Diesel Be Your Dungeon Master by Theresa Delucci

Weird Reality: Reality TV Aimed At Your Inner Geek by Shoshana Kessock

Link Feast For Writers, vol. 50

Writing blogs are a great way to learn about writing and marketing our books. Here are some of the best links I’ve found in the past weeks. Enjoy!
If You Have Time For Only One Thing

How to Get a Book Published: A Step-by-Step Guide by Anne R. Allen

On Writing

10 Ways for an ADD Writer to be OOH! SHINY!…Productive by Kristen Lamb

Career Lessons From Susan Boyle’s Success by Penelope Trunk

Daniel Day-Lewis’ 4 Tips for Writers Who Aspire to Greatness by Jon Morrow

Organization: Why Scrivener Is a Great Writing Tool by Randy Ingermansson (scroll down a bit for the good stuff)

The Three Phases of the Storytelling Process by Larry Brooks

8 Promises You’re Making To Readers – And Then Breaking by K.M. Weiland

The Stuff of Legends – Creating a Character Apocalypse by Kristen Lamb

How to Base a Character On Someone Else’s by Victoria Grefer

How to Write Better Heroes and Villains: Archetypes by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

9 Tips For Creating a Great Antagonist by Debra Vega

Writers, Know Your Archetypes: The Trickster by Debra Vega

The Single Largest Cause of Writer’s Block – Might Not Be What You Believe by Kristen Lamb

It’s Not “What.” It’s “How” by Larry Brooks

A Pantser’s Guide to Beat Sheets by Jami Gold

8 Things You Need to Know About Character Arcs by Debra Vega

Pacing by Ann Voss Peterson

How to Include the Five Senses Without Falling into the Telling Trap by Marcy Kennedy

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Editing Experience by Cressida Downing

Most Common Mistakes: Do’s and Dont’s Of Dialects by K.M. Weiland

The Fantasy Novelist’s Exam by David J. Parker

5 1/2 Steps For Making Feedback Work For Us by Jami Gold

Book Marketing

Seeking the Perfect Book Title by Debra Vega

Book Series: Should We Include a Teaser Excerpt? by Jami Gold

Maven, Connector, or Salesperson: What’s Your Archetype? by Charlie Gilkey

Indie Life: Taking Advantage of the Impulse Purchase by Laura Pauling (why do readers buy your book?)

101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams by Kimberley Grabas

11 Must Have Elements For Your Author Website by Kimberley Grabas

How to Launch a Book in 3 Steps by Nick Thacker

How to Market a Book and Strengthen Your Author Platform with Goodreads by Kimberley Grabas

How an Introvert Became a Promoter by Kourtney Heintz

The Introvert’s Guide to Making Great Connections by Les McKeown


Fearless Pitching, Part 1 by Laura Drake

Fearless Pitching, Part 2 by Laura Drake

The Business Rusch: Dreams and Bestsellers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Does Free Still Work? by C.J. Lyons

An Interview With ‘the Sluts’ by Larry Brooks (collaboration can really pay off)


Does Google Know Your Wrote That? by Randy Ingermansson (scroll down a bit to get to this piece of gold article)

Why Authors Should Be “Selfish” Bloggers: And How To Be One by Victoria Grefer

Fix a Mess of a Multi-Topic Blog by Natalie Webb

5 Signs You’re Having a Blog Identity Crisis and 8 Ways to Fix It by Roni Loren

8 Under-Used Blog Post Structures to Try Today – And 24 Inspiring Examples by Ali Luke

Content Marketing Zen: The 5-Step Process to Creating Remarkable Content by Gregory Ciotti

13 Blog Post Blunders You Should Avoid (And What to Do Instead) by Kimberley Grabas

8 Steps to Create Visually Appealing Blog Posts by Rebecca Belliston

Should We Use a Blog Commenting System? by Jami Gold

Social Media

Facing a Social Media Apocalypse? Sometimes We Need to Mend the Hearts We Hurt by Kristen Lamb

Social Media Strategies and Decisions by Laura Pauling

Slack, Fake and Egocentric Followers: How to Spot Them by Cate Russell-Cole

Collected Wisdom

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig

Writing Resources by Gene Lempp

Monday Must Reads by Yesenia Vargas

Deep Stuff

Build a Small Fire and Sit Close To It by Charlie Gilkey

What’s The Best Advice Your Elders Ever Gave You? by Jenny Hansen

50+ Better Questions To Ask Than How To Be More Productive by Charlie Gilkey

Fun Stuff

10 Sources That Inspired Game of Thrones’ Dark Storytelling by Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders

What if The Simpsons was invaded by characters from Game of Thrones? by Meredith Woerner

All the Books Getting Turned Into Movies and TV Shows Over the Next Year by Meredith Woerner

15 Book Series To Read If You Enjoyed “The Hunger Games” by Arielle Calderon and Natalie Morin

30 Most Hilarious Auto Correct Struggles Ever by Jessica Misener

Nerd Nirvana: Top 10 Nerdiest Cities in America by Amanda Kooser


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