Leafy Link Salad

I have a bunch of links for you today that came across my desk. First, you should notice that my website is a little different. I just launched a new design with a home page I’m happy with. I’m logging tweaks, so if you see anything I’d appreciate a comment so I can send it along to my programmer. Sidebar will be the last thing I add. 🙂

  • The Slush Reader’s Advice For Writers – Definitely worth a read for anyone submitting or penning short stories.
  • Lilith Saint Crow “On Vacations” – She talks about how writing is a vacation and why she’ll even do it on the weekends. I get a lot of people who tell me to “take a break.” This post sums up my feelings better than I could pen.
  • Teaching Tolerance in Pakistan with Puppets – How cool is that? Sesame Street in Pakistan!
  • “Witch’s” Cottage Unearthed Near Pendle Hill, Lancashire – A historical find in the UK on the eve of the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials.
  • 30 Days of Vampires – Lori Devoti is running a series every day in December on vampires. I’ll be dropping in to talk about Strange, Dead Love later this month.
  • Strange, Dead Love Preview – FlamesRising.com has published one of the Shards available in the new supplement for Vampire: the Requiem coming out this month.
  • Mur Lafferty on Marketing – Linking to this because it’s a good representation of an author’s experience with book marketing posts. (My advice? Don’t buy books or read sites about book marketing. Buy books about marketing, because you’ll find more valuable information that’s been tried and tested. A good place to start is in the small business section.

That’s it for today. Much to do. Many holiday parties to attend. And have to keep writing.

    Mood: Stressed. A “bit.”
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Fair with a chance of more.
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: 30
    Word Count Logged Yesterday (not including day job): 450 + a short story revision/submission
    In My Ears: Sting whiny emo happy music
    Game Last Played: Picross 3D for the Nintendo DS
    Movie Last Viewed: Harry Potter on Blu-Ray
    Book Last Read: Dark Faith anthology
    Latest Artistic Project: Byzantium chainmail bracelet with pink/iris green/black rings
    Upcoming Release: Strange, Dead Love for Vampire: the Requiem



Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore and game store near you.

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