Wednesday links, last one ’til August

Just a gentle reminder, I’m taking the month of July off social media. I’m going to pause in my writing here so I can concentrate on writing on the page—or, actually, on the screen, but you get my point, right? Right.

Another gentle reminder, I have a mailing list you can sign up for here. Anyway!

I managed to fritter away a good portion of my morning by looking for an old friend online. I do this periodically; I don’t know why. We fell out of touch maybe ten or fifteen years ago, and what’s remarkable—and maybe a little admirable—is he seems to have no presence online, not Facebook (blergh) or Twitter or anything of the sort. For a while I wondered if he might even have, as it were, left the planet. But I found his dad’s obit from a couple years back and he’s mentioned in it, so I think he’s still out there.

There’s not really any point to my telling you that, except how many people do you know who have no trace online? I can count maybe three people, two of whom are friends I’ve lost touch with.

I sometimes think I’m a bad friend. I need to do better.

Okay, on to the links.

I think I’m going to take Kim Lao’s advice. “Why you should aim for 100 rejections a year.”

“There is no handbook for being a writer.” I sometimes wish there was.

“This has been the worst year of my life.” I don’t know how I missed this, and by that I mean both the article itself, the things that were likely going on while I was there, and the fact that I probably know some or all the complainants. I feel like I dropped the ball on all counts.

Fascinating, if morbid. CSI: Poetry. The life and death—ok just death—of poets.

In case you’ve forgotten, PRISM international (I worked for them during grad school) offers a weekly writing prompt on their website. Check out the latest.

And while we’re on the topic of Canadian literature, here’s a handy list of magazines holding contests this summer

Let’s stay on the Canadian theme and allow me to offer a hearty bit of thanks to my friend ’Nathan Burgoine for creating this handy little graphic on how to review a book in three easy steps. You’ll note he uses a particular book as an example. (Which you can buy here, by the way.) You can also get his newest book, Triad Blood, here

Yes! More of these! Queer YA stories that aren’t tragic.

Lastly, this strange and fascinating story that I’m still thinking about.