Hey! It's time for some links, because the internet never ceases to be interesting and entertaining (thank heavens!).
First: housekeeping! I'm going on vacation next week with my family, and while the mayhem and hilarity will continue at its usual buttery pace, I'm going to be posting deals 3 times next week instead of daily.
I'll be around so don't go breaking things! (I really, really love this site and our community so I can't stay away, for reals). I also may be on Twitter attempting to speak like a snowboarder while keeping a straight face.
Gnar the freshy pow pow!
Nope. Still can't do it.
Second, Awesome News! The Book Smugglers' Ana and Thea are the editors of the 2013 edition of Speculative Fiction: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, and they've unveiled the cover and the contributors. This is “a collection that celebrates the best in online Science Fiction and Fantasy non-fiction.”
Word. Check out the cover of most excellentness:
Along with Ana and Thea, Jim C. Hines, NK Jemisin, and other smarty folks, Carrie Sessarego is among the contributors, too – woo hoo! (And I have it on good authority by virtue of the squee in my inbox that Carrie is very excited). The collection will be released in April 2014. Way to go, y'all!
I'm over at Kirkus this week, talking about my current reading slump, which is getting me a bit down. I haven't been able to really get into any of the books I've tried (I hate that!) and have resorted to a multi-step slump-busting regimen.
Reading slumps are also—for me, anyway—self-fulfilling prophecies. I approach most books with the intention to enjoy them. I want to like what I'm reading, and I'm predisposed towards feeling positive about any book I pick up. So my feelings of discouragement diminish my high expectations and I become hesitant about picking up anything, worrying that if I haven't enjoyed the last 4 or 5 books, I won't enjoy the next one, either. And, since reading romance is my most-favoritest thing, I start to worry even more that the magic has worn off and I won't be able to enjoy it again.
Yes, clearly I overthink this—just a bit. I think my inner melodramatic 12-year-old-self is in charge of my reading worries sometimes. Sheesh.
What do you do when you're in a slump? Any cookbooks or travel books you like to read?
Via Jonathan Allen: learn literary terms using Taylor Swift lyrics. Given that I used to teach how to cite sources by handing college freshment tabloids and having them write articles wherein they had to cite the quoted material properly, I am ALL FOR THIS.
My favorite part? “This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.” Hell, yeah it was.
1. Color Imagery
Definition: Imagery is a word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell, used to intensify the impact of the work. And so color imagery is — you guessed it — appealing to the senses using color.
Taylor’s use: “Losing him was blue, like I’d never known missing him was dark gray, all alone forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met but loving him was red,” from “Red.”
Also: you've never lived until you've graded 20+ papers all quoting Britney Spears.
What links online are making you happy today?