My apologies for missing last week! I had to take a sick day. :P
Now it's time for another round of speedlinking, where I share some cool stuff from across the Internet for you to enjoy!
First off, I added the two Avengers: Infinity War trailers to my Speedlinking playlist on YouTube (#23 and 24), because THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT THAT I'M NOT SURE MY FEELINGS WILL SURVIVE. (Can you believe it now has an April 27 release worldwide?) *Language warning on that link*
Next, a few links that may be useful to you writers out there. A lot of people online have been talking about the Notebook.ai, a worldbuilding program online that has both a free and a paid version. It looks really awesome, and I'm sure a lot of you would enjoy using it. Me, I've found that I do better freeform, using Word--even my one go at the ever-popular Scrivener didn't work out. Nevertheless, this looks like something a lot of people will find very useful.
There's also a random last name generator, for those less-important characters who you just need to name, darnit. It's got a great variety of names from every culture, at least from what I've seen so far, and it's a little less awkward than going through your Twitter feed. :)
Then there's the Atlas Obscura, a website where you can look up basically any location to find its most interesting attractions. I think this could be useful for real-world worldbuilding, as one of many pieces of research you'll have to do when including a real city in your stories.
Those who are interested in the Atlas purely for its informative nature might also enjoy an app I just downloaded, Curiosity, which gives you five short news pieces every day about scientific and cultural discoveries and curiosities around the world. It's a great way to learn new things!
Speaking of apps, I also recently downloaded Choices, a story game app similar to a choose your own adventure book. I've tried out a lot of story apps like this one, and this one is by far my favorite. It's got a decent variety of stories of good quality, and I like the design as well. I'm currently working my way through The Crown & the Flame trilogy. Check it out!
On the more serious side of things, this article about how we need to put a greater priority on female comfort/pleasure in sexual relationships is a really smart one that I absolutely agree with. If you're comfortable with the topic, definitely give it a read.
Like many industries, the children's/YA lit world has recently been taking on sexual harassment. I'm super grateful to the people who have been working so hard to make sure the rest of us can be safe in the future. For example, check out this document for a list of the sexual harassment policies of various conferences. (By the way, Ch1Con and its adult partner Ch21Con do now have a policy on record--and registration for this year is open!)
Finally, some articles from The Mighty that I've agreed with lately: 18 "Harmless" Comments That Actually Hurt People With Chronic Illness, 10 Myths About Chronic Pain That Make It Harder to Live With, 5 Frustrating Situations When You're Young and Have Chronic Pain, 15 Secrets of People Who Can't Work Because of an Illness, and I'm a Doctor. Here Are 5 Lessons I Learned About Fibromyalgia Once I Developed It Myself. I also recommend 10 Guaranteed Ways to Cure Your Chronic Illness Instantly!, which, unlike the others, is very sarcastic.
You can see more content that I enjoy/endorse on my various social medias, linked on the right, including a WIP challenge I recently reblogged on Tumblr, where you can message me a word and I'll let you know if it's in any of the novels currently in my edit queue. If it is, I'll post the appropriate sentence (one per novel) for your enjoyment!
Thanks for checking in, friends, welcome to March, and I'll see you again next week.
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