Um. November went where? I’m filing a missing person’s report.
And speaking of which: Last day of NaNoWriMo!! How did you guys do?!
Now then! Lots of links! It was a hectic month and I missed a lot so as always, please be sure and fill in what I missed in the comment section.
Machines can already beat us at chess. Could they ever write a novel?
Meanwhile, NO COINCIDENCE AT ALL, the University of Cambridge is forming a unit to assess whether developments in artificial intelligence pose a threat to humanity. (Disclosure: Link is to CNET, I work there).
So yeah. It’s been a month since Hurricane Sandy, and even aside from the fact that it proves that Mother Nature has turned psychotic, many people remarked on how social media changed the experience of going through the storm. It certainly felt that way for me – I kept tabs on friends here and heard from lots of people wondering how I was doing (I was fine). New York Magazine had what I thought was the best take on that phenomenon.
Speaking of hurricanes, (and let me get the disclaimer out of the way first: I work for CNET, which is owned by CBS, which owns Simon & Schuster. All opinions expressed on this blog are my own, I don’t have knowledge of S&S’s publishing operations, and linking to outside blogs doesn’t necessarily mean I endorse the opinions espoused therein), Simon & Schuster has entered into a relationship with controversial publishing operation Author Solutions. Friend-of-the-blog David Gaughran launched a broadside against the arrangement.
Ken Liu’s short story ‘Paper Managerie’ has won pretty much every award ever, and you can read it over at io9.
A new app called Litragger has launched, which aggregates all kinds of literary journals in once place. Pretty cool.
After previously removing e-books from libraries, Penguin has embarked on a new pilot e-book lending program in a few libraries (link is to CNET, you know the drill).
My former client Jennifer Hubbard wrote an awesome post on good and bad uses of supporting casts in a novel.
The last few weeks in the Forums: writerly things to do in New York, why do you want to get published anyway?, where have all the review blogs gone?, what to do when you’re desperate for inspiration, and what’s your editing style?
And finally, I seriously have no idea how this photographer pulled off this time-lapse of the leaves changing in Central Park, but it’s utterly spectacular:
Have a great weekend!