Links

 

Here are links, articles and resources that might be of interest to readers, writers and nerds. This is an ongoing project, and links and articles will continue to be added in a magpie-like manner.

Writing

Culture

Creative

Quotes

 

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Writing

 

Absolute Write Water Cooler
A sprawling writing community, and a great forum for asking/answering questions.

Cockeyed Caravan
An extensive blog with advice on storytelling techniques, tropes, character development and plot structure.

Writer Beware
A useful guide to avoiding some of the pitfalls faced by writers navigating the world of agents, competitions and publishing.

Ralan
A great listing of speculative fiction markets, including anthologies seeking submissions.

It Takes the Time it Takes, by Chuck Wendig
If it drives you to tears hearing about authors who can slam out a novel in two weeks, this is a great post about patience, perseverance, and the process of becoming a writer.

Pep Talk From Garth Nix
A lovely piece of NaNoWriMo encouragement, and generally good writerly advice, from Garth Nix, author of the Old Kingdom series.

 

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Culture

 

It's going to be okay, a comic by The Oatmeal
A compelling and deeply moving comic strip about courage and compassion. If you know me, you need to see this.

The Surprising Power of Purpose (The Sydney Morning Herald)
A fascinating article about how a sense of purpose, and being helpful to humanity, is more important than happiness in promoting positive health outcomes.

Valerie Taylor, interviewed on Conversations with Richard Fidler
An extraordinary podcast interview with conservationist Valerie Taylor, discussing curious sharks, crying whales, and going for the adventure.

How to Have a Year That Counts, by Umair Haque
An inspiring post about passion and purpose.

Some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal, by Harper Lee
The author of powerful, acclaimed classic To Kill a Mockingbird writes this open letter about her love of books.

To The Dudebro Who Thinks He’s Insulting Me By Calling Me A Feminist, by John Scalzi
An elegant lesson in the art of the articulate smackdown.

 

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Creative

 

Angela Rega - Author of The Cobbler Mage and countless fairytales, fables and short stories.

Anne Mok - Australian author of speculative fiction, with stories published in Evolve Two and Dead Red Heart.

Cakes by Lorinda - A beautiful portfolio by a former sugar artist.

Cecilia Mok - Sydney artist, surface designer and creator of fantastical paintings, fabric designs, papercut art and handcrafted creatures.

Click - An excellent podcast about technology and society.

CSIRO Science Image - A brilliant collection of images from one of the world's leading research organisations.

Darby Karchut - Award-winning author of the Finn Finnegan and Griffin series.

FableCroft - Australian independent press and publisher of the award-winning anthology One Small Step.

J.J. Irwin - Australian author of speculative fiction, with stories published in Lore and Shimmer.

Karen Beilharz - Author of the graphic novel Kinds of Blue.

KellyVision - Reader, blogger, and freelance literary publicist.

Leni Kae - Contemporary artist and colour therapist.

Mitchell Hogan - Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls and Blood of Innocents.

Nathan Burrage - Australian author of the mystical thriller Fivefold and The Hidden Keystone.

Richard Shealy - Freelance copyeditor, specialising in science fiction and fantasy.

Science Friday - Excellent, informative and entertaining science podcast.

Shaun Tan - Author and illustrator of The Arrival, Rules of Summer, The Lost Thing, and other picture-book masterpieces.

Spencer Hill Press - Publisher of Hunt for Valamon and The Other Tree.

Talitha Kalago - Australian author of Lifesphere Inc.

Terry Dowling - Acclaimed speculative fiction author and master of high-concept horror.

Terry Pratchett - Author of the Discword Series and much more. If you don't know who he is, you really, really should look it up.


 

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Quotes

 

"The thing about art is that it binds people together, it creates empathy, it gets us to understand and reflect on the shared humanity that we all participate in."

- Travis Knight, director of Kubo and the Two Strings

 

"Knowledge sets us free. Art sets us free. A great library is freedom."

- Ursula K. LeGuin

 

"Readers are seldom lonely or bored, because reading is a refuge and an enlightenment. This wisdom is sometimes visible. It seems to me that there is always soemthing luminous in the face of a person in the act of reading."

- Paul Theroux

 

"Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

- Sir Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

 

"It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are."

- Joyce Carol Oates

 

"It is more important to know where one is going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement."

- Professor Mabel Newcomer

 

"One can live simply and honorably on just about enough money to keep a chicken alive. And do so cheerfully."

- Mary Oliver

 

"This I have always known - that if I did not live my life immersed in the one activity which suits me, and which also, to tell the truth, keeps me utterly happy and intrigued, I would come someday to bitter and mortal regret."

- Mary Oliver

 

"There are very few people who go into science to get rich. It is an understanding that if you put in the long hours and the hard work, you can actually improve people's lives. Maybe not quickly, maybe not in an easily predictable way, but research and development pays off.

- Rush Holt Jr, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

 

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

- Maya Angelou