Monday’s Top 5

Welcome to a new week!

Writer Unboxed had a great post this week from author Keith Cronin about a “2 pages/2 minutes” workshop he attended, that reminded him of a literary gong show. The idea is brutal and intriguing all at once, and I’m looking forward to putting my finished WIP to the test.

Alexis of Bunny Ears & Bat Wings wrote an excellent article about believability in cultural fiction, looking at the way that something that feels realistic in one setting may be completely unrealistic in another.It’s insightful and amusing in equal measure as she shares some of her own experiences living in different parts of the US.

Surprising as it may seem, there are people in the world who haven’t lived their lives through the filter of Harry Potter over the last ten years. One of those people is Reddit user Skopak. Skopak had never read a HP book, seen a HP movie, or (apparently) kept up with HP-mania. Possibly he’s been living in a cave near a remote village. In any case, he recently went and watched HP and the Deathly Hollows Part 2. With no idea what was going on for most of the movie, he created his own backstory in his head, and has telling people on the interweb about his version. Check out some of his ideas.

For parents out there, there’s a great post on Momma be They Name titled Why our parents put us to Shame. It’s about some of the cool things our own parents did that seem to have fallen by the wayside these days. Although some have changed for good reason, it’s an interesting look back at our own childhood, and made me think about my own parenting in comparison to the “Good ole days”. (Note: I came across this via WordPress’s Freshly Pressed, so other WP users may have already read it.)

Have you been to Will Bailey’s hilarious nailsbails yet? If not, you’re missing out on the sheer awesome of his brand of dark humour. This week, he talks about air travel, cannibalism, and texting in movie theatres, while not actually addressing any of those things. Go check out Lord of the Flights.

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8 responses to “Monday’s Top 5

  1. Thanks for the honor! I enjoy your blog. I posted thanks and a link to your blog on Momma Be Thy Name’s Facebook page and on my Twitter profile @mommabethyname.
    Cheers!
    Stephanie

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Jo! I really like the Monday’s Top 5 idea and I’m looking forward to checking out these other links. Have a great week! 🙂

  3. “They allowed us to make friends.”

    Very true. My parents had their own lives, including their own social lives (and fairly demanding jobs), and they never would have spent time arranging a social life for me. I made friends. I introduced my friends to each other. Sometimes they got along, sometimes they didn’t. Sometimes we got sick of each other and moved on. All of this was very good training for adulthood.

    And imagination. If we wanted to play that we were in a space ship, we went around the house and found things that seemed like space ship controls, and moved the living room furniture around to make it right. No expense or effort needed from any parents. We just needed their tolerance, and they were probably off at a cocktail party anyway.

    • That’s so true. I’m sure we had toys when we were kids, but mostly I remember playing convoluted games that involved building cubby houses, telling stories, and pretending we were explorers/detectives/pirates/vikings/whatever the flavour of the days was.

  4. Will Bailey

    Thanks for the honor, Jo!

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