5 Mysterious Final Photos Captured by Space Probes

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103 Bracing Quotes to Propel You Through Your First Draft

By M.J. Bush

Tough NaNoWriMo?

Feeling lost and haunted by wordcounts unmet?

Or wishing NaNo was your thing in the first place?

I see you.

There’s hope. Writing doesn’t need a strict timeline to happen. There doesn’t have to be some grand “starting day” for words to start hitting the page, and there certainly doesn’t have to be a designated month when writing happens.

Your story can still get written.

I’m calling it. It’s time, right now, to stop concentrating on the past and start thinking about your story.

Maybe that sounds impossible. You’ve been trying all month to just think about the story, but too much thinking and the wordcount doesn’t get met, or you just end up seeing everything that’s wrong with what you’ve already written. And you’re beyond frustrated.

Yep, I see you.

You need a quick, invigorating shower in the words of those who have gone before.

So get ready to snap your head back into writing-readiness with the advice and encouragement of authors, editors, and agents.

17 minutes, and you’ll be raring to write again.

Read the full article at Writing Geekery.

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What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?

By Roberto Minto

In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Sparewhich harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.

Read the full article at New Republic.

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The Moon is Full of Money

By Pope Brock

was slung in my favorite deck chair, drink in hand, having a gawk at the night sky. Andromeda, Pisces … I trawled the constellations, mind abandoned, still aware in some curve at the back of my brain that the world is coming apart at the seams and we’re all fucked, and enjoying the gentle paradox of it, the clink of the ice in my glass and the slumber of the dog.

By and by I found my gaze resting on the moon. There it was, the great provider: breeder of wonder, werewolves, and all those songs. The place where beauty meets philosophy, where hope and despair alike are lost.

Gnawing through the romance though was a little something I’d read not long before. An astrophysicist had claimed that the moon could save our planet.

Read the full article at Nautilus.

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Developing a Relationship with Death

By Icy Sedgwick

Think of Death for a moment.

Did you picture a tall guy in a hood with a scythe? Or Neil Gaiman’s funky Siouxsie Sioux character from The Sandman? Or was it a more sombre abstract notion of pain and loss?

Death can be, and is, all of these things, and much more. But it can also be a tremendous way to add dimension to your storytelling.

So I want you to visit a graveyard.

Read the full article at IcySedgwick.com.

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