Happy Friday y’all!
Time for another link feast!
Life is busy. Especially, when you are pursuing your dreams amid kids, spouse, school, work, etc. Here’s a great article on 10 Tips for Getting More Done Every Single Day. Probably something I need to read every.single.day. Ha!
Balance. Y’all have heard me mention this elusive term before. I’m sure we all are juggling so many details, trying to cut back, and find that right balance. This article, What No One Ever Told You About Work-Life Balance by Michael Hyatt, blew me away. It challenges the definition of what we think balance means. Back to the drawing board! Ha!
Stumbled across this beauty out in cyberspace. A massive diagram of hundreds of space ships from fictional worlds ranging from Star Trek to Star Wars to Stargate to Spaceballs to Wall-E to Firefly to Battlestar Galactica, and many more. Created by DirkLoechel over at deviantArt. This is art, right?
Remember my friend, the photographer, I had interviewed way back on my old blog? The one with the awesome black and white photos? You can find the interview and a few of his pics here and here. Well, he shared an article over at Outdoor Photography on what it takes for him to get those awesome photos, and I just had to share it with you all.
Want your own birthstone dragon? The Amaze-ing Hats will be giving one away, your choice! Just visit their Facebook page and follow the directions linked to this image. If you’d like more information about Amaze-ing Hats, check out their website here. They are so cute. Which one is your favorite?
Storm Chase by K. M. Carroll is free through Smashwords until the end of July. Use the code SW100 at checkout to get this book for free. If you like urban fantasy with attitude, adventure, and mayhem, check it out. I’ve read it several times, and it still makes me laugh. You can see my review here. Also Turned, her werewolf paranormal romance novella, is free. And it is not what you are thinking! Such a good read.
Pauline Creeden just revealed the covers of her Steampunk serial series. The Chronicles of Steele: Raven.
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Clare Davidson reveals the cover of the much anticipated third book in her Hidden Series, Shrouded Soul. And I am reading an ARC right now! I don’t know what it is, but her stuff just hooks me and does not let go. Other books in that series are: Reaper’s Rhythm and Broken Bargain. Check out her website for more information on pre-ordering a signed copy or how you can find her at WorldCon in London this year.
And unless you’ve been hiding out in your bunker or have been avoiding cyberspace, you’ve probably already heard of J. K. Rowling’s latest piece of writing in the Harry Potter world. Rita Skeeter is back with the low-down on our favorite characters who have met up at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Nice, but can we really put a whole lot of stock into Rita’s take on things? Find more info and speculation over at Fantasy-Faction, catch a glimpse of the article at Today Books, or read the entire thing over at Pottermore. (You’ll have to register/sign in to read it.)
Fantasy author, Janalyn Voigt, tackles the question: How do you create a fictional world with both science fiction and fantasy elements?
Travis Perry has an intriguing idea: Medieval Mars. He’s built a story world and he is looking for authors to write stories set in this world to be compiled in an anthology. Check out his blog for more information.
Social Media tips:
7 Things You Need to Stop Doing on Twitter. Yeah, sometimes we forget that the whole world can see what we are tweeting on Twitter or posting on Facebook for that matter.
Bloggers: here’s an awesome article over on Michael Hyatt. The Secret to Becoming a Standout. And the principles could really apply to anything. Stop comparing, trying to impersonate, and just be you. No one else can bring what you can bring to the table or the couch or the story or…you get the idea.
Have a great weekend!