Cool links

Cool links for May 19, 2018. Fried bacon strips as bookmarks.

It’s Saturday, time for your Cool Links for May 19, 2018

I’ve been remiss about posting all the cool links I’ve stumbled across on the internet. Blame simultaneously competing in 2018’s AtoZChallenge, and writing 31K for CampNaNo. Whew. Now that April’s out of the way, I have time for my regular posting schedule. Here are your cool links for May 19, 2018.

The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books

Atlas Obscura reports on the coolest things found between the pages of old books. Fried bacon as bookmarks? Suicide notes? A picture of yourself as a child? (spooky). I confess the only things I’ve found in an old book are grocery store receipts and a prom picture from the ’80’s. Do you have a story to tell? Leave it in the comments.

Cool links for May 19, 2018. Fried bacon strips as bookmarks.

StockSnap / Pixabay

Cool but weird library

Is it an igloo? Is it a sculpture? No, it’s the Tianjin Binhai Public Library in Tianjin, China. It’s five stories tall and 34,200 square meters of glass, designed to look like a giant eye. I’m .  . . I’m speechless. It not only holds the artistry of thousands of writers, it is art.

China’s Newest Library Looks Like It’s From Another Planet.

Cool links for May 19,2018. Chinese library

Can you imagine roaming the shelves of this magnificent structure? Amazing.

Bubble Wrap

Who doesn’t like to pop the bubbles in bubble wrap? This video explains how it’s made. I wonder, though, does the novelty ever wear off?

All the Words

Netloop / Pixabay

Finally, if you’re looking for the right word, consider using I generally sneak over to when I want a synonym, but wordhippo offers more:

  • Meaning of
  • Rhymes with
  • Sentences with
  • find word forms
  • Pronounce
  • Translate from/to English
  • Words starting with/ending with/containing
  • Scrabble
  • Words with Friends

I’m putting wordhippo on my radar.

Thanks for joining me for today’s edition of Cool Links. I’m on the road for the next three weeks. Hopefully, I’m organized enough to schedule my posts in advance. If not, prepare for a bombardment of silence, or photos of Oregon and British Columbia.



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From Miniature Staircases to Creating a Social Media Presence, Here’s This Week’s Cool Links:

Wonder at these miniature staircases

I imagine myself ascending one of these staircases to go to my own private library. Or, having watched portions of Gone With The Wind lately, seeing Rhett Butler carry Scarlett O’Hara up one. If you’re intrigued by the craftsman ship of miniature anything, you’ll enjoy the artistry of these miniature staircases.

Photographer: James Hart

What’s most intriguing about this story, is the secret society that carves the staircases. Called ‘compagnons’, groups of young people live in boarding houses in France, learning their craft, then moving every six months to a new master. They train for at least five years in one of five groups—working with stone; wood; metal; leather and textiles; or food. For their “masterwork”, signalling the end of their apprenticeship, these craftsmen traditionally choose to produce a miniature staircase. Astounding!

As a writer, I am incredibly intrigued that a secret society of craftsmen exists. My mind spins with a hundred different stories of fantasy worlds populated with craft halls and guilds. How and where can I use this idea?

Love books? Learn how they were made in the past

From the Gutenberg press to the world of digitization, printing has come a long way. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of printing and if you live in or near New York state, I recommend a visit to the Cary Graphic Arts Collection in Rochester. It is housed on the second floor of Wallace Library on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.

Curators can demonstrate different printing techniques on various presses from their collection. You can examine printing related artifacts or listen to a free lecture.

Here’s a link to learn more.


Create a Social Media Presence

Do you struggle to create a social media presence? Do you scratch your head when you read “create a brand”? If so, Morgan Hazelwood has the answer. In the first of three parts, she breaks down what you need to do, how to do it, and how to act online. She offers great tips for anyone lost in the sea of social media.

Reminder! Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf on sale for 99¢

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

If you’ve read Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, I thank you (please leave a review, it’s much appreciated). If you’ve not done so, here’s your chance. In celebration of the one year anniversary of its publication, I’m running a sale. For the next two days, closing after 3-25-18, Snow will be available for 99¢.

Here’s the link:

Here’s the blurb:

Marked for death by her stepmother’s manic jealousy, Princess Snow White of Enchanted narrowly escapes the huntsman’s ax. Plunged into a treacherous blizzard, she stumbles across a cottage deep in the forest. But the owners, seven dwarfs and their adopted (and cute) human brother, cannot offer Snow refuge for long. Snow, who’s never done anything more arduous than princessing, must brave grueling weather, cross two kingdoms, and reach her only living relative ahead of the Evil Queen’s army. If Snow fails, she loses more than her throne . . .

Lex Sands, always out of place within his family, has his world turned upside down when a woman with skin as white as snow and hair as black as coal—and a curve or two—breaks into his house. Suddenly, he’s responsible for her safety. With nature against them and time running out, can he prove his worth to his family, and, more importantly, to Snow White?

Act now and pick up Book One in the Enchanted Series. (I’m working on Book Three now).

The AtoZChallenge is almost here!

If you don’t know what the A-to-Z Challenge is, go here where I reveal this year’s theme.

I’m super excited about presenting twenty-six short stories to my readers. Set in the fictional small retirement community of Twilight, Arizona, each story follows a weird event that happens to one of its residence. From being affected by the Arizona heat (you’ll never believe how one resident copes!) to celebrating a hundredth birthday (One-Zero-Zero), you’ll shake your head at the oddities of Twilight.

Stop by this blog from April 1-30 for a little bit of humor and a little bit of the unexplained.



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This week’s cool links are nature centric: Shadows and Water

Shadows and Water, this week's cool links Shadows and Water, two of nature’s cool subjects are highlighted in this week’s Cool Links blog post. Oh, and I have some writing advice as well, brought to you by the amazingly talented and world class knowledge sharer, Joanna Penn.

Shadows on the Wall

Remember making bunny ear shadows on the wall when you were a kid? Science has taken the art to a new height.

Check out the site here.

Continue reading Shadows and Water This Week’s Cool Links

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