interesting links and such

I wanted to post interesting links I’ve come across today from various venues. Some of the links will be books and publishing related and some will be random.

Here goes:

HowtoLose20lbs.of Fat in 30Days… Without DoingAny Exercise

In the last six weeks, I have cut from about 180 lbs. to 165 lbs., while adding about 10 lbs. of muscle, which means I’ve lost about 25 lbs. of fat. This is the only diet besides the rather extreme Cyclical Ketogenic Diet (CKD) that has produced veins across my abdomen, which is the last place I lose fat (damn you, Scandinavian genetics). Here are the four simple rules I followed…Read More

5 situations where it’s better to tell than show in your fiction

One piece of writing advice gets held up as more sacred than any other: Show, don’t tell. But this maxim can ruin your story-telling, if you treat it like a law. Here are five situations where telling is actually better… Read More


If I was a Writer…how would I use social media?

Historically publishers determined the careers of many authors, they were the gatekeepers to getting a book into print. Although some authors still were successful despite them, they were often critical to success. However, whilst publishers still wield large amounts of power, their control and position has diminshed. Writers can self-publish, sell directly and have a direct relationship with their followers..Read More

A Market Of One

Just because you do something (or don’t do something) is no indication of how the market actually is and reacts. You can sit here all day and lament at how bad Lady Gaga is, but you can’t deny that not only is she a success, but she has a massive following. You can claim that a massive following has no intrinsic value and that many things that have mass appeal (like dancing and singing competitions on TV) aren’t all that good, but the public speaks in very loud and clear terms. Your mediocrity is their deep passion… Read More

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