Links & Things: It's Been Awhile Edition
I haven't posted my link roundups in quite some time and there's a reason for that. I've had a problem with those posts being lifted verbatim or nearly-verbatim and re-published. This has, understandably, been pretty upsetting, so I stepped back from compiling them until I could figure out a way to still share but mitigate the chances of that happening.
Unfortunately, I don't have an answer for that, but I'm hoping that by diversifying my linkage content, it'll be less-appealing to folks who don't understand attribution and plagiarism. *cross fingers*
I didn't do a roundup of books on sale to include in this post because I did a mega one earlier this week--check it out!
- I hate to lead off with self-promotion, because I think the world has quite enough of that, but I thought folks interested in blogging would find this interview with yours truly on the Dynadot (my domain registrar) blog helpful. (If you need a discount code for domain registration, I've got a good one for Dynadot, so drop a note in the comments and I'll share it with you.)
- Ever been asked to work for free? Ever asked someone to work for free? This is a great breakdown of why that practice is unacceptable. This is an issue near and dear to my heart, since despite having over a decade of experience, people still place zero value on my work and ask me to work for free and then become offended when I politely decline.
- There's a lot of important writing about the stigmatizing of sexually active young women, but I thought this first-person essay about the stigmatizing of the other side of the coin was revealing as well. There's really no way for young women to win, is there? (Pro tip: Don't read the comments.)
- Have you checked out this breakdown of children's/middle grade/young adult titles sold in 2013? Because I have a background in quantitative analysis (I used to work with election stuff), this sort of information, based on actual shipped and billed numbers, is interesting to me. At a glance, series seem to really rule the sales race.
- Author Lisa Schroeder recently wrote a lovely post about finding and keeping joy.
- Wonk-O-Mance is one of my favorite blogs, and I quite enjoyed this post about "portal" stories.
- Now that Catching Fire is out on DVD, what's better to do while watching it on repeat than knitting up this spectacular Katniss Cowl?
- One of my very favorite romances is a RITA finalist! Congrats to Molly O'Keefe on the nod for Crazy Thing Called Love.
Video of Awesome
Laura & I (and our husbands) are going to see master of the ukulele Jake Shimabukuro in concert next month and I am unbelievably excited. So, I thought I'd share his ridiculous (in the best of ways) cover of Journey's Don't Stop Believin' with y'all.