Today I thought I'd provide some links to Good Stuff.
If you aren't following haikujaguar
's LJ you might not realize she's been posting a serial story Spots the Space Marine
. One small outpost, one alien science advisor, and a horde of deadly alien crabs bent of bringing The War to the outpost. (BTW, today's her Birthday, a new reader and comments from the same would be a great gift, yes?)
I may only have written a few bits of mostly incomplete fanfic, but I've enjoyed listening to Writing Excuses
and I've heard published authors say good stuff this podcast. What is writing excuses? It's a podcast about writing done by Brandon Sanderson (several books, and the author selected to finish The Wheel of Time), Dan Wells (author of "I Am Not A Seriel Killer"), and Howard Tayler (of the webcomic Schlock Mercenary). Or maybe I just like their tagline for the podcast, "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart."
Speaking of comics, at this year's Phoenix Comicon I picked up a copy of the Little Vampires little book
. They're vampires, so surely they're scary. Then again they are only a few inches tall so only scary if you're a blood orange (shh, don't tell them it's not actually blood). Look at that page, are they not cute? Have I mentioned I have a weakness for cute stuff? Or that growing up we had a Blood Orange tree in the back yard?
Woo! And Wen Spencer just posted that she's got a contract for another Tinker book plus another fantasy
I'd heard about the Bordertown series of books but haven't yet read any. That's going to be changing. There is a new Bordertown book
coming out and Emma Bull read part of her story at this year's LepreCon. Now I just need to hunt down the earlier books...
Speaking of Emma Bull and having earlier mentioned a story being released serially online, take a look at Shadow Unit
which has been described as "the best science fiction television show you aren't watching on TV". Shadow Unit is a television series about a special unit of the FBI, only while it was prepared as if a television program, has seasons and episodes, it's actually produced as written fiction posted to the Shadow Unit website. Here's a link to Emma's explanation of the origin of Shadow Unit
Oh yes, and my user icon? Done by Tod Wills, who I have mentioned before. He writes and draws a webcomic called Ekwara
, works with Virmir on Crimson Flag
and is even doing an adaptation of Dracula. And with all he is doing, he finds time to do Icon Days when all you need do to get a free icon is post a request before deadline (although using the paypal tip jar is certainly a Good Idea).