I decided to take this weekend off from working on my manuscript, kind of a brain-break. My company decided to start a newsletter, which I think is a great idea, so I worked on that and the manuscript this week and my mind is sleepy. I intended to blog about the glorious arrival of my book from storage, but alas, no word yet. That left me kind of hanging in the blog department, so I decided to share some websites I find useful or intriguing, or both.
Goodreads – I joined this late last year. Admittedly, I have barely delved into all it has to offer, but it’s truly a great idea. My biggest problem is that I never remember to log in when I start a new book. For those of you who don’t know, Goodreads is basically a haven for book nerds. It’s free, you create your own virtual bookshelves, review books and chat with others about book related geekness. I get the impression you can take as much or as little from it as you like. I look forward to taking more.
Abebooks – This website should pay me a dividend for all of the people I have sent their way, let me tell you. If you love books, then you will love Abebooks. This conglomeration of independent booksellers all over the world is fantasy realized. I have found every single book I have ever gone looking for on this site, no matter how old or obscure or long out of print. If you’re like me and books are also decor, go here, now.
750 Words – If you’re a writer, you need to check this out, even if just to give it a try. For most writers, there comes a time when writing every single day is a goal. This website is immensely helpful with that task.
Writer’s Digest – Yet another domain I should get cheques from. I love Writer’s Digest. Their magazine, publications, tools, tutorials, newsletter, everything. True, I was a little miffed when they shut down their community last year, but the wealth of information, and good, useful practical information it is, makes it bloody hard to hold a grudge.
GodChecker – Another great resource for writers or anyone interested in spirituality and mythology. If you come across or want to reference some obscure deities, this is a great place to get started.
20 000 Names – Though not an esthetically pleasing website, this sucker has come in handy for me on more than one occasion. If you have a foreign character in one of your stories and like me, rarely have any clue what to call them, look no further. It’s also handy if you want a name for someone that means something in particular.
So there you go, a few websites that I frequent. I hope you will find some of them as useful and entertaining as I do. Now back to waiting for my book to arrive from storage.
- AbeBooks’ 50 Essential SF Reads (yellowedandcreased.wordpress.com)
- Embracing Goodreads (sonderbooks.com)
Posted on February 4, 2013, in Articles, Reading, Writing and tagged Abebooks, Arts, Books, GodChecker, Goodreads, manuscript, research, Writer, Writer Resources, writers digest, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.