October 2nd, 2009

Interesting posts about writing – w/e October 2 2009


Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

 

Submitting to Editors Without an Agent (Nathan Bransford)

Writing Words of Wisdom – Procrastination [info]damcphail

Thoughts on Writing #37: Hype [info]seanan_mcguire

What do Literary Agents do? (Nathan Bransford)

Word Count for Novels and Children's Books: The Definitive Post (litagentguide)

Building an Online Platform to Promote Your Books (Elsa Neal)

Writer groups: my take [info]karen_w_newton

Slush Stats [info]jmeadows

One reality of self-publishing I hadn’t thought of [info]aprilhenry

If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time). Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


Why I'm glad the Olympics aren't going to Chicago


At the risk of upsetting some of my American friends, I have to say that, while I empathize with any disappointment they may feel, I'm quite glad that the Chicago lost its bid to hold the Olympic games in 2016. 

Now, before the flaming starts, let me explain.

I could be wrong, but I think the star-studded cast who turned out on  behalf of the US may actually have turned some of the committee against them.  After all, if the games are seen to go to the city which can produce the highest profile celebrities, there'd be something amiss.

Personally, I'm hoping the games go to Rio*, and South America gets to host it's first Olympics.

Just my opinion.  What do you think?

*  ETA:  Just heard Rio has won.  Yay!  

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