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Like most people, I follow a link or check out an article and think “I should share that with folks!” Twitter’s good if you have nothing in particular to say about it (or just want to add something snarky), but some stuff deserves to be talked about. Well, I’ve gotten in the habit of leaving browser tabs open that I want to get to later, then leaving them sit for way too long. Blogging! Who has the time!

So, instead of just giving up and closing those tabs, I’m going to list them here with a little note about why I thought they were worth reading about:

To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair. Note: this article did not get me to write an extensive response to it.

Amazon-owned Audible lowers royalty rates on self-published audiobooks Is this the first sign of the long-expected rise in Amazon’s sales commissions?

Ian Rankin: ‘It took 14 years for my writing to pay’ Bestselling UK writer talks about how long it took him to find success. Ten books! Funny, after this Kickstarter is done, I’ll have ten books out, too…

From bestseller to bust: is this the end of an author’s life? A lament on the fact that nothing is guaranteed for writers, especially sales. No mention is made of the economic collapse, of course.

Making Compelling Arguments through the Power of Story Author (and professional marketer) Kameron Hurley offers great advice on writing blog posts people will want to share.

I thought this was interesting: So What Do You Do Brendan Deneen, Executive Editor of Macmillan Entertainment? Short version: he hires writers to write work-for-hire novels in company properties, which he then sells to Hollywood.

The Internet is Fucked (but we can fix it) An argument to declare the internet a public utility, create real competition, and fix the terrible internet-access situation in this country. I’m sold.

Is Genre Fiction Creating a Market for Lemons? Cheap ebooks as used cars.

Is the “Seattle Freeze” a Real Thing? Science says yes! For those who don’t know, the Seattle Freeze is a sort of chilly demeanor that makes it difficult for new arrivals to make friends.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.

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mizkit
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I thought that "Seattle Freeze" effect thing was pretty much a direct result of adulthood.
burger_eater
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
True story: after I'd lived in Seattle for maybe six years, one of my oldest friends moved to town. He was right on the next hill from me.

Over the course of two weeks, he called me three times to get together. After the third one, I thought "Jim is taking over my life!" which was an extremely shitty perspective. When I hung out with him in L.A., there was always time for friends and I decided that I needed to not be such a jerk.

This was before I became a parent, 'natch.
martianmooncrab
Mar. 24th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
When Seattle got one of the big influx of people from one particular state in the 80s, all you heard was how great their home state was and why didnt Seattle do everything like there, and then they bitched about the rain. So, why bother to include them?

If you dont like it, go home.
burger_eater
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Huh. I was here for that but never experienced it. But then, I would say that, being a transplant myself.
martianmooncrab
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
I grew up in Portland, and when we had the big influx here during one of our dry phases, the transplants were all touchy feelie, but then the rains returned and all you heard was complaints about the rain.

What gets me is that these CA companies come into the area to build malls, and they use the open air CA model, which of course, works well there, but... who wants open air when its raining?
chrysoula
Mar. 25th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
I never got past the Seattle Freeze and I've been living here a decade now. My husband and I made a serious effort to make friends our first six months here, and then we sort of... gave up. A couple friends moved nearby and that was enough for a while. Then... they left, but we had kids and he had coworkers. Sooo yeah.
burger_eater
Mar. 25th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Everything is difficult here. It's one of the reasons we're thinking of leaving.
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