We went away for the weekend (hashtag funfunfun), and I'm now behind on everything. So many links, so little time. Did you know it's Clockwork Angel day? A new Cassie Clare book is always cause for celebration.
Soon, as in next week when I have more time, I'll be singing the praises of Meljean Brook's AWESOME forthcoming steampunk romance The Iron Duke. I love this book so much. Want. Sequel. Nao.
If you're interested in reading Mockingjay discussion, check out the post below this one; I've been greatly enjoying the comments. You might also want to take a peek at JJ's post and comments too.
"The Hidden Secrets of the Creative Mind" at Time: "In creativity research, we refer to the three Bs—for the bathtub, the bed and the bus—places where ideas have famously and suddenly emerged. When we take time off from working on a problem, we change what we're doing and our context, and that can activate different areas of our brain. If the answer wasn't in the part of the brain we were using, it might be in another. If we're lucky, in the next context we may hear or see something that relates—distantly—to the problem that we had temporarily put aside." So. True. Good stuff in the whole interview, especially at the end.
The TV writers' revenge is sweet. I love this part: "Some love to tell the story of the time an actor uttered a familiar lament to Mr. Bochco, the producer: "My character would never say that."Says Mr. Bochco: "I told him, 'Maybe your character wouldn't say that, but he's not your character, he's my character, and he's saying it right here." He pointed to the script."
Most exciting of all, My Official Sweetie For Life aka Christopher Rowe has the cover for his novel Sandstorm. If you only read one Forgotten Realms novel this century, make it this one. Especially if you like circuses, gladiators, and AWESOME. Preorder! Wish list! Due in March! At your local bookseller of choice or via the dark Amazonian god. (The cover version on Amazon isn't color corrected, btw, but the one at C's is.) (I feel that Christopher's 14-year-old self would also approve greatly of this cover and of this being his first novel, and how often do we get to say that, as adults? It is deeply cool.) Yay.