Great Stuff on the Writers’ Blogs, July 13, 2012

A light day, today. Not sure whether it’s because it’s Friday, or Friday the 13th, or what? (Ever wonder why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky? Well, that’s a subject for another time. On to our few entries today…)

  • Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) likes a TED talk by the famed biologist E. O. Wilson and picks out a few Quotes for Your Contemplation from it. Even if you’re not a scientist yourself, the 15-minute talk is worth a listen, if a bit dry, as it gives a good insight into the top-level processes and thinking of the entire scientific enterprise. Be aware, if you do take a listen, that Wilson has a slight speech impediment that renders the “s” sound as “sh,” so the word statisticians comes out as shtatishtishiansh (which is MUCH harder to read than it is to hear). A bit distracting at first, but you’ll get used to it.
  • The information Adam Costa (@MrAdamCosta) provides in The Art (and Science) Behind Neck-Snapping Headlines on Write to Done is fine and useful, but, to be honest, I didn’t find it “neck-snapping.” Was I sucked in by the hype? Yeah, probably. Was the hype really necessary? Well, no, but don’t let that keep you from visiting the post.
  • On a related but different topic, Joel Friedlander (@jfbookman) says, Yo, Author, You Spamming Me?? Cut it Out! As you might guess, this is about authors confusing spamming with marketing, and how to not make that mistake yourself.

Have yourselves a happy and lucky (why not?) Friday the 13th!

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