Adventures around the Web: September 11-15, 2017

This week, I’m in the Depth #3 Research workshop, which is trying out to be a workshop I’d wished I had a lot earlier–and I’m only in week 2!  Most of the writerly topics on research approach it from fear–either they’re being graded like a term paper or the one percent of the audience who might know the actual fact will call them out.   Essentially that thinking makes research something unpleasant or to be feared.  The workshop is showing me a very different approach.

Rosie Cima on Priceonomics

Why Every Movie Looks Sort of Orange and Blue

This is on how using the new technologies to make a film have a consistent color palette.  Though it might have the same effect as Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat book–make movies all look alike.

Central Intelligence Agency

Spy Puppies

Okay, that’s not the title, which is not very interesting.  But it’s about the CIA training puppies.  From Piper Bayard.

Josh Hafner on USA Today

Girl finds sword in lake of King Arthur’s Excalibur

Can you imagine going out to the lake for a day and finding a real sword?  That is just too cool!

Larry Rohter on New York Times

Dear Donna: A Pinup So Swell She Kept G.I. Mail

Sometimes people have no idea how important the connection to home is for the soldiers at war.  Some very nice stories about the letters the soldiers sent to movie star Donna Reed—especially when she wrote back.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on Business Musings

Rip Van Winkle Syndrome

The publishers are cutting even the best selling writers who aren’t doing as well.  Instead of trying to find new ways to work with—and use—the changes in the market, the publishers are circling the wagons and trying to hold onto what they have.  This does not bode well for them in the future.  What are they going to do when the mega best sellers start to die off?  They’re not going to have anyone to replace them because they’ve all gone indie!

Beach view of Morro RockStrands of Blackmail

This is a mystery set in Morro Bay, California






Space station orbits planet. Shuttle heads for station Watcher Ghost

This is a GALCOM Universe short story I wrote while I was finishing up Crying Planet.  It features the bug bots that show up first in Crying Planet.






Spaceship orbiting a planet Lonely Planet

This is the second book in the series.  It was inspired by an exercise in one of Dean Wesley Smith’s workshops–ruins.  Ruins became spaceship wreck–shipwreck, space wreck.  Who wouldn’t like to discover a long lost wreck?