Mark Hamill, Millennials, and Marketing

This week’s cool links include Mark Hamill, Millennials, and Marketing tips.

Luke Skywalker smacks down Grammar Nazi

Mark Hamill, Millennials, and Marketing

Writers correct grammar. It’s what we do. Misused commas, em dashes, apostrophes, and the dreaded you’re vs. your. Nowhere was this more in evidence this week than on Twitter. A grammar Nazi tried to shame Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker himself!) and was slapped down. Twitter applauded. Merriam-Webster wants to hire him. Read the complete story here.

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Paint, Pepper, and Flash Fiction—The Best of the Internet This Week

Here are the cool links I’ve found this week. We’re talking paint, peppers, and flash fiction, a truly odd mix, but entertaining.

The Battle of the Pigments

Paint, peppers, and flash fiction—a mix of interesting links on the internet.

The Battle of the Pigments

When the blackest black paint was formulated, its creators signed a contract with artist Anish Kapoor, giving him exclusive rights to use Vantablack in art. Kapoor refused access of the paint to any other artist.

Stuart Semple, another, lesser known artist, took offense. In retaliation, he released his pinker-than-pink paint for anyone to use. Anyone, that is, except Anish Kapoor.

Kapoor somehow got his middle finger on a sample of the pink and Instagrammed a picture.

Paint, Peppers, and Flash Fiction. Artist Anish Kapoor gets his hands on Stuart Semple's pinker than pink paint.

Anish Kapoor got his hands on the pinkest pink paint

Semple went back to the drawing board and released the greenest-green, and Black 2.0, as close to Vanatblack as possible—all with the same stipulation. Anyone but Kapoor could buy it.

Read the story of the battle of the pigments here.

Bell Peppers have sex

Who knew peppers had genders? Next time you’re in the produce aisle, look at the bottom of a bell pepper. If it has three bumps on the bottom, it’s male and better for cooking. If it has four bumps, it’s female and better for eating.

For explicit details (nudge-nudge-wink-wink-you-know-what-I-mean) go here.

Paint, Peppers, and Flash Fiction. Bell peppers have genders.

Bell Peppers have genders.

The best free photo, video and graphic sites

I’m always on the lookout for the perfect photo for my blog or Instagram account. My go-to sites are Pixabay or Unsplash. This site lists a bunch more other sites where you can find free stock photos or videos. It’s always good to mix things up a bit.

The Twelve Steps of Intimacy

If you’re hesitant about writing a love scene, or if you’re a veteran romance writer, the following blog post can walk you through the twelve steps of intimacy. From eye to body—the “summing up” look—to physical intimacy, you’ll learn the different levels on intimacy between a couple.

Paint, peppers, and flash fiction. The twelve steps to intimacy.

Stormtrooper intimacy

How to Deconstruct a Scene

If a writing scene isn’t working for you, this graphic will help you deconstruct it like K.M. Weiland.

How to Write Flash Fiction

Paint, peppers, and flash fiction. How to write flash fiction.

If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into the flash fiction pool, author JJ Burry gives her tips gleaned from the past year of participating in a flash fiction challenge. Plus, she shares other flash fiction resources.

Thanks for joining me on this week’s roundup of fun and useful links.

Join me Monday, January 22 on tips to name your character.






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Cool things I've found.

I love, love, love finding cool, interesting information. The internet is an endless resource, surprising me over and over with things I never knew. Some I can use in my writing, some it’s just fun to know. The cool things I’ve found on the internet this week include:

Cool things I’ve found, writing related:

Plotting for Pantsers. 

Cool Things. If you're a pantser, not a plotter, you'll be interested in this article that describes an easy 3 step process to (gasp) outline your book.

An article that describes a way for a pantser to have some (gasp) control of her book? Yes!

Book marketing on a budget. Blogger Jen Beach offers eight tips and how-to’s on how to market your book on little or no money.

How to repurpose your blog content into social media content. Blogger Brian Appleton offers tips within tips on how to reuse your blog content for social media. I’m all for working once and getting multiple exposure!

Cool things I found researching my WWII book, Brilliant Wreckage:

Lava lamps didn’t exist until 1963. I wanted to place one in the movie theater in Elmwood, the fictional town in my book. One always sat at the ticket booth of the Kent Theater, where I saw movies during my childhood. Alas, I’ll have to find something else to add color to the scene.

Scrabble the board game was invented in 1938 but didn’t become popular until 1952 when the president of Macy’s played it on vacation then wondered why the store didn’t carry it. Because the game wasn’t widely available in 1945, when Brilliant Wreckage takes place, I changed the game Annie and her future mother-in-law play to Monopoly.

cool things I found on the internet.

Workers lost their jobs in WWII because they couldn’t prove they were born in America. Mike, the father of my heroine, Annie, lost his job because he did not have a birth certificate. In the wake of paranoia about German spies, some companies would not keep you on the payroll if you couldn’t prove you were born in America. In a time of home births and the lack of paperwork, some lost their jobs.

Other cool things I’ve found:

Lincoln’s lost speech.

Cool things I've found.

From Wikipedia:

The speech known as Abraham Lincoln‘s “Lost Speech” was given at the Bloomington Convention on May 29, 1856, in Bloomington, Illinois. Traditionally regarded as lost because it was so engaging that reporters neglected to take notes, the speech is believed to have been an impassioned condemnation of slavery. It is possible the text was deliberately “lost” owing to its controversial content

Trees that eat things. No, not people. Rather, trees that have grown up and engulfed inanimate objects like bikes, cars, and benches. Too bad they’re not on a time lapse videos!

The most badass Norwegian ever. Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was one tough cookie. Nordic athlete, explorer, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, his life was so big, you’d have to make THREE movie about it. From attempting to reach the North Pole to saving millions of Russians from starving after WWI, he was a busy, busy man.

I love to share these tidbits I find on the internet. I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

What cool thing did you discover this week?



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