Nathan Bransford, Author

Monday, December 14, 2015

The past few weeks in books 12/14/15

Akihabara. Photo by me. I'm on Instagram here.
Hello! It's been a little while. I've been traveling (see above) and working a lot for my day job, but I haven't forgotten about you. How could I, you're marvelous!

Here are some links I've noticed in the past few months.

Most relevant to my gap in blogging is this post by author Jennifer Hubbard about not writing. Sometimes you need a hiatus.

And most relevant to the origins of this blog AN UPDATE ON THE LIVES OF HEIDI MONTAG AND SPENCER PRATT. If you know why that is relevant to this blog you have stuck with me for quite some time and I salute you.

Got an offer of representation from an agent? Cool. Don't say yes until you've read this post from agent Jessica Faust.

Oh, and don't negotiate your own contracts.

But you may not have to worry about that because ginormous debut book deals are back, baby!!

What could be better than the covers of The Little Prince and The Great Gatsby? The cover of The Little Prince and The Great Gatsby as  GIFs. Along with several other beloved classics. (via io9)

You may have written some longform journalism or a personal essay. What do you need to know to turn that into a full-length book? Read this indispensable article by editor Peter Ginna. (via Janet Reid)

Oh hey an article where Miranda July interviewed Rihanna click.

Oh hey an article where Barack Obama interviewed Marilynn Robinson click.

Oh hey an article where George Saunders and Carly Rae Jepsen tested random items click.

So have you ever thought about what consciousness really is? Like, why are we awake? Why are we here? Are other animals actually conscious? What about a jellyfish? AM I BLOWING YOUR MIND YET?? No? Well, this video on scientists who are trying to solve the mystery of consciousness may do a better job.

Remember Google Books? Apparently it's legal after all.

You probably know about the hero's journey. Here's a great video that shows the twelve steps nearly every hero goes through.

And finally, what does writing and tattoos have in common? More than you might think.

Have a great week! I'll be back with more posts all week, including a poll I've been running for NINE consecutive years.


Anma Natsu said...

So jealous! My debut novel, as well as novels 2 and 3 are all set in Japan, but alas it's a place I've never been and likely never will get to go.

Em-Musing said...

Another thought about consciousness is that it starts in our DNA. If you want to go deeper into that concept, try reading Kryon books. Start with # 12 & 13. They answer many questions, ever about the role of animals on our planet.

Writology said...

Thank you for the roundup! I'm working on a book for kids, so some links were helpful.

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