Cool links for 7-7-2018 altered art

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!

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•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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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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