The OF Blog: Odds and ends and links, too

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Odds and ends and links, too

Here are a few things that I have been reading tonight in an attempt to fall asleep but have yet to do so because they were so damn interesting to me:

George R.R. Martin Q&A on Entertainment Weekly

Science Fiction Award Watch's poll on best of the 2007 winners closes 11/25 at 10 PM PST (or midnight my time)

SF Diplomat being slightly undiplomatic in his insinuations regarding Neil Gaiman and his blurb endorsements

Fantasy Book News and Reviews has been experimenting with a different blog review format. I need to comment on that sooner rather than later.

Graeme and Neth have two different takes on David Keck's In the Eye of Heaven. Mine is closer to Ken's, although I shall do a re-read in January before I tackle Keck's upcoming second novel (which I have in ARC form), In a Time of Treason.

John Joseph Adams, the "Slush God" for Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, has an interesting link to a call for writers for an "escapist"-themed collection.

Pat is damned, but Paul Kearney apparently isn't any longer.

SpecLit on the economics of writing, with surprise expressed over the very low rates that authors are paid (10-15% royalty rate on hardcovers, 7.5-10% on paperbacks...if the advance is met via sales beyond a certain amount, which rarely is ever reached).

The Book Swede continues his Quote of the Week, this time with Karen Miller.

Matthew Cheney writes a review column over two movies that I want to see, in the process reminding me that there is still a lot more that can be done with reviews to make them both more personal and more universal simultaneously.

La Gringa covers everything from the latest book acquisitions/sells to the "history" of LOLCats and Happy Cat's quixotic quest.

And finally, Nick Mamatas almost scares the crap out of me, but alas! My sleeping meds have finally kicked in. Good night/day, everyone.


Jeff C said...

Larry...I would like to know your comments on the new review format (or your thoughts if you were just going to comment on reviewing in general). Let me know what you think!

Larry Nolen said...

I'm going to write something later this afternoon, once the cobwebs have cleared some. That's why I didn't write anything late last night.

Jeff C said...

Larry...sounds good. Though i did mention on my blog today, that due to the sheer amount of time it takes to do the new reviews, I am probably going to give them up for the more traditional kind. I just cant spend 2 hours writing a review, plus an extra 1-2 hours taking notes in that format also.

You are dylanfanatic on asoiaf, right? What part of Nashville do you live in? I am down toward what is now called Cane Ridge.

Larry Nolen said...

Yeah, I know all about the time/length constraints, as it definitely puts a damper on my motivation to write more in-depth at times.

I live about 30 miles west of Nashville, although I did (briefly) work in the Joelton area, so pretty much opposite of your part of town, which I've only been in a few times (mostly on my way to MTSU a few years ago). That's one job that I don't regret having left.

Chris, The Book Swede said...

Thanks very much for the mention, and I'm glad you enjoyed Karen Miller's QotW. The one coming this Friday is by Daniel Abraham :)


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