Fanthology 9.16.2020

A few interesting things I found this week:

  • Over on his website, Steven Pressfield discusses the need for historical fiction and its ability to portray notions such as honor and integrity in a way that contemporary literature cannot.
  • While you’re on Pressfield’s site, take advantage of all the expertise he imparts. I recommend starting here.
  • Writer Melanie Roussel has an informative and entertaining post on technobabble. This is a must read for those who write science fiction or speculative fiction.

Fanthology 9.9.2020

A few interesting things I found this week:

Fanthology 9.2.2020

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to revise the I’m a Fan post on Wednesdays to link to several helpful or entertaining items instead of highlighting one per week. Like so:

  • At Scriptmag: a valuable primer on subtext.

Best proofreader EVER

I came across @nyttypos from these two articles – here and here – and now I’m wondering where he’s been all my life.

A self-described “appellate lawyer and persnickety dude,” he’s delightfully witty and scathing* in his tweets – a college-level course in grammar.

Follow and learn!

*Normally I wouldn’t use “scathing” to describe something positive. However, in the case of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation, scathing is appropriate. There are too many means of checking your writing to ever claim ignorance.

What can you accomplish in 10 minutes? More than you think!

If you find yourself crunched for time amid your work-in-progress, I highly recommend 10 Minute Novelists.

The header on the site says, “Recognized by Writer’s Digest List of 101 Top Websites in 2016, 2018 & 2019,” and there’s good reason why. The site includes informative blog posts, writing challenges, and perhaps most important, a community of like-minded people – i.e., time-crunched writers.

It was started by Katharine Grubb back in 2006, and … well, she tells the story best here.

The community “gathers” in a Facebook group (check it out here). I joined many years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite groups. Like many Facebook groups, there are strict rules (e.g., no self-promotions, membership restricted to individuals, professional courtesy maintained, etc.), which keeps the group – now up to 15,000+ members – running smoothly.

The Facebook group includes a Question of the Day, Monday Blogs (where you can share the latest post of your blog if you have one), Buddy Day Tuesdays (where you can find help, such as beta readers), and Author Happiness Wednesday (where you can share whatever good is happening in your world).

The posts from members, usually regarding a particular problem the writer is having with a work-in-progress, are often valuable lessons and sometimes entertaining.

Mike and his spaghetti models keep us all even-keeled

Huge shout-out to (on Facebook as Mike’s Weather Page and on Twitter as @tropicalupdate). I recommend following him everywhere you find him.

It’s not necessarily something to help with your writing, but it’s definitely a sanity saver if you live on the coast and see a hurricane heading your way. As was the case this week with Hurricane Isaias.

Mike’s web site is a treasure trove of graphs, charts, and models curated from weather sources. Seriously – this screen grab (below) is showing only a tiny piece of all the site offers.

Mike typically gives live updates on Facebook to explain the different models and charts – and he does it with a dash of humor, which, let’s face it, one can use when the weather gets crazy. He often features his two sidekicks (French bulldogs), Hurricane Louis and Hunter.



Remote and flex jobs

If you’re in the market for remote/virtual or flexible job, two of the best job posting sites out there are Virtual Vocations and FlexJobs.

The job postings include part-time, full-time, remote, and contract.

You can access both to browse jobs, but you have to be a paid member to access the full postings.

I’ve used both and have gotten decent gigs through them. Highly recommend.

Winning your way onto the screen

Here’s one for my fellow screenwriters out there. MovieBytes is my go-to for all the info on upcoming screenwriting contests, including:

  • Full details (objective, rankings, deadlines/entry fees, discounts if available, awards, etc.)
  • Contest directory (sorted a host of ways, such as: most significant, regional, festival, free, etc.)
  • Contest calendar (final deadlines only)
  • Deadline alert on the righthand column
  • Contest news
  • Info on winning scripts (writers can add to the database where producers/agents/managers can access them)
  • HollywoodIQ (news and interviews from the industry)
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