A few weeks ago, I tore through the first two books of the Vorkosigan series because of that wonderful post from last year by Foz Meadows. Now I’m allllmost done with The Stone Sky after pretty much inhaling The Obelisk Gate last week — a much overdue reading attempt on my part. I finally decided to read OB because it won the Hugo. Looking back, the win is totally deserved.
Anyways, here are some interesting links I’ve found over the past few months. Read and enjoy, and have some tea while you do so!
- ChiZine Publications is open to submissions until December 31, 2017. Considering they’re one of Canada’s most prominent publishers of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, this is pretty awesome. But what’s even better is that they’re specifically open to submissions from indigenous people, people of colour, people who are Deaf or have disabilities, non-binary/LGBTQIA+ people, people who identify as women, and biracial people. Definitely take a look if you’re a spec-fic writer who fits one or more of those identifiers.
- The 2017 nominees for the Sunburst Award have been announced. There are some pretty good selections among the nominees this year.
- Did you join the solar eclipse frenzy earlier this week? Steph of Steph’s Cup of Tea did, but she had the presence of mind to brew some tea while the solar eclipse was happening.I like the cut of her jib.
- Tea! Animals! Drawings! Heather Penn combines them all with her lovely drawings of imaginary tea spirits. And oh hey, she also sells her prints online. Bonus!
- Pairing wine and cheese is a common thing, but replacing the wine with tea is an inspired idea. Nicole Martin wrote up a lovely post about a flight of French cheeses paired with tea that sounds absolutely delicious.
Life, the Universe, and Everything Links
- I’m always looking for great articles about improving productivity and reducing mental overload, and this ADHD survival guide with recommendations for productivity tools by Sam Dylan Finch is useful even if you don’t have an ADHD diagnosis. Many of these tools were familiar to me, but because of this article, I downloaded Tide, a combination pomodoro timer and white noise generator that I like quite a bit.
- Climate change is one of those things that’s always on my mind. This article about Timothy Morton, who popularized the concept of “The Anthropocene” is long but worth your time.
- Some enterprising soul out there has transformed one of the world’s hardest jigsaw puzzles into a fun, complex stop-motion animation video. The music is catchy, too, but just marvel at the sheer effort that went into creating this video.