Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some Miscellaneous Links of Awesome

I have been writing. A lot. 13,000 words of Orc Romance so far, and I think I've given up on the idea of managing to fit it into a short story. Fingers are crossed for some kind of reasonable novella length. But! Writing does not stop me from coming across some fabulous links of interest, so let us begin!

First, during the search for information on... I bet it was the whole citrus in Mycenae issue... I came across this awesome page with a wealth of Linear B words and their translations. I don't know about you, but I immediately started looking for words I might be able to find a way to use-- in particular those that most closely resemble their later Greek equivalents. It's fascinating to see what the Mycenaeans recorded though, whether or not you worry about what might translate across the ages and what might not.

For those of you who appreciate Fantasy and Science Fiction, but think that the outfits the female characters are stuffed into are highly ridiculous, I suggest this pretty cool tumblr: Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor. It was on this tumblr that I came across an image of a half-orc, which is how the whole Orc Romance thing got started. I'm still not sure if I regret it. (And while you're about it, there's also this article about female jousters. Apparently there is a world competition for Jousting?)

And since, as you all know by know, worldbuilding is my arch-nemesis in the writing world, the fabulous Valerie Valdes linked me to this awesome Worldbuilding resource from the SFWA. Basically it asks all the questions you didn't think of while you were writing, so you can go back through and fill in the blanks.

Last but not least, this Foo Fighters song from the end credits of Thor (which I did buy on its DVD release date, thankyouverymuch, and I am REALLY not happy about the blu ray hogging all the special features. Guys, I do not even own an HDTV. Why would I want to upgrade to blu ray when I can't SEE the HD? Thanks a lot, Marvel, for leaving your fans behind!). The first time I heard this song, I didn't really care for it, but... it's growing on me.


  1. Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor!!! This is the STUFF! Woot!

    And, *ahem*, what's this "still not sure if I regret it" business about your lovely Orc romance? I'm in heaven reading it, doesn't that make up for the suffering you have to endure in the fantasy genre?? And don't forget, all the luscious world-building you're getting to practice, you said you wanted to practice it... you said! *hugs Bolthorn and doesn't let go*

  2. I wish I had a "love" button to click for this comment! You are right of course! Your enjoyment DOES make it worthwhile, and I am enjoying writing it too, in spite of the fantasy :)

    I'm glad you like that tumblr! I thought it was pretty fantastic.

  3. Looks like you got one of those Short Stories That Want to Become Trilogies there. Good luck wrestling it down to manageable size. I never succeed with that. ;)

    I know that Scott Oden whose blog I follow pretty much since his fist novel came out, has some ideas writing about Orcs as well. There should be something in the archives of his old blog.


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