Astronomy Picture of the Day: Sir I. is into planets these days, so he and I have been watching related videos, reading relevant books and checking out the planetary landscapes exhibit at the children’s museum together.
Agent Jessica Papin at DGLM: Confessions of a thrifty bibliophile. I have no compunctions about the books I buy at used stores or check out from the library (instead of buying new). I do support writers by buying their books new from brick-and-mortar stores, but we also have to buy food, pay our mortgage and clothe and educate our children on one income. Unless they’re pirating books, I don’t think anyone needs feel guilty about how they acquire their literary entertainment.
Southern Fried Chicas has a roundup of agent comments on the State of Publishing in Today’s Economy. Surprisingly (or not), agent Kristin Nelson has noticed a dramatic increase–not decrease–in queries. Unemployed peopple have turned to novel-writing? She also gives hope to unpubbed writers: editors are still buying books!
I just heard about FlyCon, an online specfic convention happening this weekend. Won’t be able to attend, but it looks really cool. They have a bunch of neat panels I’d have been happy to check out. Mannesrist Fantasy and Georgette Heyer. Fairy Tale workshop. Families in Fantasy. I’d better stop looking at the schedule of events or I’m going to be seriously bummed about missing this. Here’s their blog.