I called this post a “bouquet of linky goodness,” but given that I’m sharing only three links, “nosegay” might have been a more accurate description. Seriously, though, would you have read further than “A Nosegay of Linky Goodness?” I thought not. Sounds too much like someone has managed to get the interwebs caught up in their sinuses or something, doesn’t it?
Be that as it may, I have a very tasty collection of links to offer you today, carefully culled from my webby perambulations this week and gift-wrapped in tissue and bright blue ribbon. Or at least proof-read and pell-checked. Sort of.
- First up, maybe you’re already familiar with Hatnote’s Listen to Wikipedia site, but it was new to me until my daughter and her boyfriend recommended it. Essentially, Hatnote maps a visual circle every time Wikipedia is edited and assigns a sound to each edit. Bell sounds represent additions to Wikipedia articles; string sounds are deletions. The result is a remarkably soothing, zen-ish soundtrack and a mesmerizing, constantly shifting map of circles. I think I may have found my perfect background music for writing–and how inspiring to know that every chime and strum is the result of other busy typing fingers, flying over keyboards with their edits and (sometimes questionable) facts.
- Next we have an admittedly pretty silly quiz from The Guardian, the Pets in Literature Quiz. Silly is okay, though, right? We can’t be serious and intense and vitally important all the time, or we’d drive ourselves (and our friends and family) wiggy.
- And, finally, if you’re a writer and you haven’t read Delilah Dawson‘s guest post over at terrible minds on 25 Steps to Being a Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition, I can’t even begin to guess what you’re waiting for. Apart from the irreverence, honesty and hilarity, all of which Delilah rocks and then some, this post is also a straight-to-the-point, practical roadmap for getting where you want to go–assuming you want to test the traditional publishing waters. And if you’re not a writer, go ahead and read it anyway. As I said, hilarious.
And now I’m off to plug another plot hole in my novel-in-progress, and maybe throw a few more complications at my protagonist. Let me know what you think of Listen to Wikipedia, if you decide tocheck it out.