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Category: Links of Interest

Beautiful Short From Studio Ghibli

Anyone who knows anything about me knows I love Studio Ghibli, and when I’m in a poor mood nothing lifts my spirits like my favourite Ghibli films(Howl’s Moving Castle is a legitimate replacement for chocolate cake to me).

So of course I’m super excited to see they’ve made a super cute short based on the earliest recorded manga, the Choju Jinbutsu Giga picture scrolls.

It’s super short, but so cute.

For those not familiar with some points of Japanese culture, unlike here in the west where we write our initials in a heart with our partner’s, in Japan you write your names sharing an umbrella, so that little bit at the end is super sweet <3

My First Interview

Check out my first interview over at No Shovels Here!

Help A Great Magazine Thrive

subscriptions-45Today’s post is a call to action. There’s a great magazine that promotes diversity in speculative fiction. That magazine is Crossed Genres.

You may recognise Crossed Genres as the publisher who gave me my first acceptance letter and who published my Aurealis Awards finalist story ‘Short Circuit’. This same publisher releases a monthly magazine as well as great anthologies like Subversion, Oomph, and the recently released Fierce Family.

To keep the magazine running, Crossed Genre’s needs 600 subscribers by the end of June.

Head over to their website to get a better idea of what they have to offer.

I’m subscribed.

Are you?

A Few Things Of Interest

aurealis_66_cover_fallen_angel_by_melissa_gannonI was catching up on my short story reading (gotta read lots of the good stuff to write the good stuff yourself) and enjoyed a non-fiction article at the end Aurealis vol 66: ‘Go The **** To Sleep – With Zombies’ by Patricia L O’Neill. It’s a scientific article on sleep patterns. It got me to thinking a bit about Yui and Madison from Storybook Perfect and how Yui is totally a lark and Madison a complete owl – just another thing that creates contention between the two friends. Oh, and I’m totally a lark too.

Also, check this out: Book, Book, Goose – a website which brings online the random discovery of walking into a book store and stumbling across something awesome (or hilarious).

Doesn’t This Sound Fun

One of my critique group buddies shared some info from a writing magazine she’s subscribed to with me and that’s how I came across Found Fiction.

The idea is a story or poem is slipped in an envelope marked ‘read me’ and left places. Any place, a bus stop, a cafe, inside a book at a bookstore. Some one will spot it and (assuming they don’t watch too many horror movies where this sort of thing doesn’t end well) they open it and read it. Ideally they will then tweet or post about it on Facebook so Found Fiction know their fun is spreading.

Of course I love the idea. I’m already looking into how to become a distributor and certainly wouldn’t mind getting a story or two dropped in random places around the world either.

I’d love to drop a slew of Found Fiction around at writers’ festivals (like BWF and BBWF) that I go to this year, and trust me, even though my vertigo is back and I have hardly managed to walk all week (oh and my doctor says no driving >:( ) I’ll still find ways to get some fiction into new hands.

If you’d like to check them out yourself you can find Found Fiction on Facebook and Twitter.

Pretty Damn Cool

A quick one today, just because I thought this was a very interesting read.

Scientists Say Great Novels Can Change Your Brain’s Biology

I want to write the kind of books that make your brain better 😀

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