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Things I have liked this week

Politics stuff
From Men’s Rights Activist Marmoset comes the equally clever and funny Internalized Misogyny Aardvark. Brilliant.

Writing stuff
Five reasons why blogging makes you a better writer. I’ve read a few articles lately about how blogging is a distraction activity and is basically giving your work away for free, so it’s nice to read something that affirms that blogging is a useful activity for a writer. It has certainly improved my writing.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Sun. So very awesome.

Things I have liked this week

Politics stuff
The entirely hilarious Men’s Rights Activist Marmoset. These are a couple of my favourites:

Writing stuff
The Bookshelf Muse is full of helpful and informative stuff. This week I particularly enjoyed this post about using frustration to ramp up your writing. 
Shopping stuff
I bought some clothes from an online store, Holy Clothing, and they are great. I love them. Go look at the lovely things now while the UK£ and US$ exchange rate is still good.

Things I have liked this week

Dancing stuff
Strictly Come Dancing is back. Whoop whoop! I love Strictly. And while I don’t really know who half the celebrities are, I’ll be supporting whoever is partnered with Artem or James :-).

Space picture
From Cassini in the shadow of Saturn. An amazing picture that looks like it’s not real, but it is.

Writing stuff
This week I read an article about avoiding certain cliched and overused words on your CV. I thought a lot of the advice applied to writing about characters. Basically it boils down to ‘give examples and let the reader work out the qualities’. Good stuff.

Things I have liked this week

Writing and procrastination
The whole You are not so Smart blog is fascinating, but what really resonated with me this week were a couple of posts on procrastination. I procrastinate much more than I am happy with and sometimes that’s because I forget that I can’t work all the time. Other times it’s because big projects are scary and sometimes it’s because I want the emotional reward now, damnit!
More writing stuff
I’m worldbuilding at the moment and this week I came across On Thud and Blunder by Poul Anderson. It’s about internal consistency and realism in fantasy worlds. Highly entertaining and very instructive. It’s published on the SFWA website and is quite long, but a worthwhile read.
Pretty pictures of space
The loveliness of cosmic clouds from Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Things I have liked this week

The origin of words
The Inky Fool, a blog about words, phrases, grammar and other good stuff. Totally charming.
The obligatory space-y picture
Lots of beautiful pictures on APOD this week and I’m picking this artist’s impression of a wierdly dark planet as my favourite as it reminds me there’s so much we don’t know yet.
Writing stuff
From the SFWA, a list of the common writing ‘problems’ seen in SF&F. Amusing, and you might spot one or two you recognise.

Things I have liked this week

Astronomy picture of the day
Lots to choose from this week, so I’ve picked two: this summer triangle over Catalonia and this castle and meteor by moonlight.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Went to see this on Friday and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. The CGI was very well done. I was expecting a fun romp but the film was much more than that. Having seen it, I really want to see a remake of the original.
Starting a new writing project
After nearly three years of working on Immortal/Sacrifice I’ve decided it is time to move on. I’ve learnt so much about writing a novel with this project but I’ve reached the point where I need to take that and start something new. I said I would do the next one differently and am going to start with planning it out and building up my world. I’m very excited about the new WIP, working title Wormfeeder.