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Cool links for 7-7-2018. What I’ve found on the internet this week that I’d lie to share with you.

Retro bookmobiles

They’re not your average trailer.

retro bookmobile. Cool links for 7-7-2018

We never had a bookmobile in the town where I grew up. If you wanted a book, you rode your bike into town and checked one out at the teeny-tiny library. Ironically, the place of “shush” and “no talking” shared a building with the fire department, which honored the wartime tradition of blowing the civil defense whistle. Every day. At noon. Wonder what the librarians had to say about that? It was probably the only time of day you could shout and not get in trouble.

John K. King Used and Rare Books

If you don’t like the confines of a bookmobile, how about this library?

Cool Links for 7-7-2018

At four stories tall and containing more than a million books, this former glove factory in Detroit houses John K. King Used and Rare Books. I no longer live in Michigan, or I might take a field trip. On second thought, I turned down a chance to enter Powell’s in Portland because my hosts thought I could “run in for a minute or two.” Silly humans.

Altered Books

If a million books sounds daunting, let’s reduce your scope to one. I’m not one to cut up an old book, but if you can make art, why not give one a second chance?

Illustrator Isobelle Ouzman uses her talent to carve books into works of art.

Cool links for 7-7-2018 altered art

A habit that started accidently when she drew on discarded books, Ouzman now carves intricate “holloways” throughout the books, creating tunnels, leaves, forests, and hidden animals in intricate portraits. Each book can take 25-35 hours to complete.

I’m afraid I don’t have the skill or patience for such an endeavor, but I admire her talent.

Exciting Announcement!

The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel is now available in paperback.

Have you always wanted to write a book but didn’t know where to start?

Don’t waste your life thinking about writing a book when you can do it!

Are you ready to start writing a book?

You’re at the right place.

The Plot Thickens offers you myriad methods of plotting. Whether you are a published veteran or a writing novice, we present alternate methods of finding the best path to express and deliver the stuff pinging around in your head.

After reading “The Plot Thickens” you will know:

•How to write more efficiently whether you’re a plotter or a pantser
•How to take the headache out of starting your novel

•The secret of scene and sequel
•How to avoid sagging middles and lackluster endings
•How to use your character’s Goal, Motivation and Conflict to drive the story
•How to use the Hero’s Journey to plot your novel
•How our 19-1/2 step plotting worksheet can take you from page 1 to “the end”
•Plus 14+ ways to help you plot your novel

Are you ready to start writing your novel?

If you have no idea of how to take the first step, if you can’t decide if writing is a dream come true or a nightmare (hint: sometimes it’s both), this book can help you decide which method works for you.

As part of my MASTER PLAN (bwahahahaha), I’m slowly publishing all my books in paperback format through Amazon. Three down, seven to go, and my short stories will probably be condensed and offered as a box set.

I’ll be back next week with an update on what I’m writing because I seem to fail in giving you a glimpse into my fascinating, riveting writing world.



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Love's Brilliant Wreckage. cool links for June 9, 2018

Cool Links for June 9, 2018

Time flies when you’re on the road. I’m in Canada for six more days. Fortunately, Canada has internet, and I swear I’m on it as much as when I’m home. Anyway, no sightseeing today as it’s raining. The rain provides a good reason to tether myself to my laptop and give you access to the cool links for June 9, 2018 blog.

Dancers create an optical illusion highlights this crazy dance routine. Tell me you didn’t look at their legs the whole time.

Bee Mine

Since I’m soon releasing a love story (see below) and I’m editing two others and outlining a series, I thought I’d share this video of true love:

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Chambers Covered Railroad Bridge Cool links for June 1, 2018

Cool links for June 2, 2018

Hola! I’m on vacation (a vacation from retirement) and traveling between Arizona, Oregon and Canada. Here are my cool links for June 2, 2018.

Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge

Root Bridges Cool links for June 2, 2018

Locals craft the root bridges of Meghalay, India, to cross rivers and streams that swell during the monsoon season.

They’re made of rubber trees and take ten to fifteen years to craft until they’re strong enough to walk on. Once they span the river or stream, the local inhabitants add stones to make a path. The rubber tree roots grow around the stones to strengthen the bridge. Some of the bridges in the area are five hundred years old or more.

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