carolecummings: (inigo montoya)
My secret crush, the fabulous  [livejournal.com profile] bluesimplicity sent me this, and since I've just spent almost an hour I didn't have to spare scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling!) I figured I'd sabotage your productive hours too.

Mwahahahahahaha! (<----evil laughter)

http://wtfbadromancecovers.tumblr.com/

And, because she apparently never wants me to get anything done ever again, she also sent me this one: http://www.boredpanda.com/tree-root-growing-concrete/

So, my question on that one is this: if trees are so damned resilient, how come my ficus suddenly loses its will to live every time I move it to run the sweeper?
carolecummings: (Rangers)
THIS made me cry soppy emo tears of wedding-y happiness. Only look if you have time to touch up your eyeliner. (No, I really really mean it.)

And I have to link THIS ONE, too, because I miss my hockey (damn you, NHL lockout!) and I used to love watching Sean Avery on the ice.

There have been some really good strides made toward acceptance in pro sports this year, which I think is a very important stepping-stone. I think one of the ways to make ‘the gay issue’ the nonissue it should be is for those who are seen as iconic examples of masculinity to expose nonacceptance for the shameful thing it is--Neanderthals will usually only listen to someone they view as an equal or superior Neanderthal. Sean Avery started his advocacy several years ago, back when he was still with the Rangers, and the example seems to be catching on.

For those of you who don’t follow sports, THIS story from this past autumn will make you want to stand up on your chair and cheer anyway.

Still too slow, but progress nonetheless. Not a terrible way to end a year. :)
carolecummings: (Thinky)
So I was reading this article on fanfic , which—unlike a lot of articles I’ve seen on the subject—treated it as something that’s not only an unfairly maligned pastime but a worthy one. Now, I can’t say I was all that pleased with the vaunting of some of what I consider poorly-written… stuff, and the use of it as examples as to why fanfic may have some value, but it seems the only time something can be considered valuable is when someone makes money from it, so what are you going to do.

Pause for mini-rant )
carolecummings: (Joker Grin)
To celebrate Halloween, Dreamspinner is inviting people to come trick-or-treating at our web site. Thirty-one of our fantastic authors have donated free short stories. Search through the different pages on the web site for Gary the gargoyle. Each time you find him, click on him for a free download by the author whose page he's hiding on! And make sure to check out the end of each story for a discount code good any time in the next year.

Dreamspinner Press


You guys remember Crepuscule Monstrum? The one with the painting and the monster? That one is up on my page, but you should know that one of my go-to authors, PD Singer picked up where that story left off with Crepuscule Monstrum Part II, and I promise, you won’t be wanting to smack her when you’re done reading. Just go to the Dreampsinner Author Index, follow the link to PD Singer and find Gary the Gargoyle on her page.

And then poke about some more. Lots of terrific authors there, including Eden Winters and Chrissy Munder. Free stories, discounts, great writing, sexy guys—what more could you want?

Link!

Aug. 23rd, 2011 05:24 pm
carolecummings: (Default)
For those of you who are with me in the ‘the bigger the book, the better the story/characters/world/everything’ camp, you have to read this--BABY GOT BOOKS from fantasy author Jim C. Hines.

I want to hug it.

Just stuff

Jul. 26th, 2011 06:47 pm
carolecummings: (Linus)
So, I met [livejournal.com profile] mews1945 for lunch today. It was quite lovely. Everyone should have a [livejournal.com profile] mews1945 of their very own. *pets her*

So, anyway, it was a forty minute drive for me to where we were meeting. That was nice, too, because it was time all to myself--twice! I love Alone Time in the car. I cranked Evanescence on the stereo--as you do--and omg sang at the top of my lungs. Actually gave myself a headache. Those key shifts'll kill ya.

And here is yet another it's-funny-because-it's-not-me site: Texts From Last Night ([livejournal.com profile] tfln). Which is exactly what it sounds like: other people's drunk-texts. As funny as Damn You Autocorrect! ([livejournal.com profile] autocorrectfail) but in a more wince-ish sort of way. It'll either make you feel way too old, or make you laugh 'til you cry.

She said she couldn't sleep with a guy who had blood stains on his ceiling. I tried to explain it wasn't my blood, but she still left :(

See what I'm saying?

Oh! And in case any of you haven't seen this yet--[livejournal.com profile] hekateriness sent me a link to this fabulous article on fanfic last week, and I *heart* it with an esoteric bliss.
carolecummings: (Storming the Castle)
Oh. My God. Link from the husband. I didn't even make it to pg 4 before I was laughing so hard there were tears. Actual TEARS. Seriously. Dude. Go. Look. Die laughing.

http://www.autocorrectfail.org/

Link

Apr. 26th, 2011 10:29 pm
carolecummings: (Default)
Excellent blog post by Nathan Bransford, Separating Confidence from Self-doubt.

EXERPT: To be able to spot your own flaws requires confidence. Staring your own weaknesses and flaws in the face doesn't come from a place of self-doubt, it comes from a place of strength. You have to be a strong person in order to own up to your flaws and to shoulder the responsibility of making your work better.

Read the full post HERE.

Link

Nov. 23rd, 2010 12:35 pm
carolecummings: (Wil and Dallin)
Maybe just because it validates my own tendency to write main characters whose partners or potential partners see them as the most beautiful person in the room, but I quite liked this post: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER by Lee Rowan.
carolecummings: (Default)
An essay by author Maureen Johnson on the supposed 'urgent need' for books written for and by those of the male gender. Well-informed and damned funny while it's at it.

QUICK EXCERPT: When I was in college, I remember hearing the story of Dorothy Parker typing out the words, “Please god, let me write like a man.” Even if I didn’t know my own reading bias, I understood at once, instinctively. It was the way to legitimacy. Men wrote of Big Things that Mattered. Sure, some of them were endlessly introspective. Yes, the big things that mattered were often penises. Also, sex. Also sex with penises. Also, girls, and how difficult and incomprehensible and unattainable we are for some sex with penises. It was like the penis was literally the magical eleventh finger that allowed you to write, and if I could just GROW ONE SOMEHOW, or imagine it into being, I would gain the abilities I so desired.

Sometimes, it was actually that literal. No, really.


READ THE COMPLETE ESSAY HERE
carolecummings: (Thinky)


Strange--scary and inspirational at the same time.

Link

Aug. 18th, 2010 06:48 pm
carolecummings: (Storming the Castle)
It's been a while since a news article made me smile

Read it. You'll be glad. Trust me. ;)

Link

Jun. 7th, 2010 02:12 pm
carolecummings: (Brain)
Ah, now this one made me happy.  Triggering subject and generated subject--I now have official names for what I've always called flailing.  ;)

http://storytellersunplugged.com/sarahmonette/2010/06/07/finding-the-story-in-the-story/

Oh god!  And this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKXNThJ610&feature=channel 
Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!  *falls down*

Link, etc.

Jun. 1st, 2010 10:47 pm
carolecummings: (SPAM)
A link you guys might find interesting.  Some of it I nodded, and some of it I raised my eyebrow, but it was interesting, anyway.  storytellersunplugged.com/blog/2010/06/01/writing-about-writing-and-talking-about-writing-and-writing/

Finished 18 last night.  \o/  Two more plus an epilogue to go, as far as I can tell.  Then I can spend the rest of the summer getting lost in other people's stories.

Spent all day yesterday sitting about like a slug, watching Band of Brothers.  God, I love that series.  They run a marathon every year, and every year, my husband and I plant ourselves and watch it beginning-to-end.  (Speers--gah!)  And we have the freakin' DVD set!  Go figure.  I do that with a lot of movies--I have the DVD, but I never watch it except for when it's on TV. 

Twenty-five years today for me & the husband.  Woot!  *throws confetti*

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