Links

Cool places to visit on the Web.

Originally “weblog” (shortened to “blog”) meant just this, a log of interesting Web sites.  Now “blog” is used more for commentary or short articles.   So we’ll just call these “links.”

Storytelling

  • Critique Circle:  Great online fiction writers’ group for those who are interested in exchanging manuscripts and comments.
  • Wrede on Writing:  Fantasy writer Patricia Wrede’s blog is the best source I’ve run across on the art of writing fiction.
  • TV Tropes:   Greatest time sink on the Internet, if you’re at all into storytelling.  This wiki started out with TV, but has expanded to cover “tropes” or story elements in all media.  Considerably more informal than Wikipedia (“the other wiki”).
  • Stephanie A. Cain, Hope in Fantasy.  Insightful article about why we read fantasy.
  • Jo Walton’s blog series, What Makes This Book So Great.  Also published as a book.  Great essays on a wide variety of F&SF books.

Music and Music Video

Romance

Some of these songs are mini-stories in themselves — and the music video sometimes adds context.

Community
Dialogue
  • The Daily WAV.  Hunter Elliott has been posting little snippets of movie and TV dialogue in convenient WAV form for over twenty years.  If you ever wanted to set up your computer to say “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” instead of the usual error-message sound, this is the place to find the line.
Everything else
  • Lonestar, Never Enders
  • Barbershop version of “God Only Knows” from Bioshock Infinite — both laugh-out-loud funny, and good music!

Webcomics

  • xkcd:  The famous “webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”  (Some of the humor is so arcane you may wish to consult the fan-created explain xkcd site.)
  • Order of the Stick:  Witty commentary on gameplaying (D&D fans, take note).
  • Hello Cthulhu:  When cosmic horror meets irresistible cuteness, guess which one wins?  (Limited run, 2003-2006)

Humor

Philosophy

Language

  • Grace Tierney’s Wordfoolery blog — history and trivia about words

Fellow Author Blogs

General

Ellrods at Large