Welcome to the first edition of 2012′s MarvelOoous Mashups. We spent the last few months of the year keeping to holiday themes, but now we’re back to sharing the writing and entertainment links that stood out and provided us with great information.
A few of these posts were published months ago, but we held onto them here at the Ooo Factor because the content of these bloggers is definitely worth the wait. Be sure to click on these fabOoolous links featured today in the January edition of MarvelOoous Mashups!
PART I: FabOoolous Writerly Posts
E-Book pricing is a heated debate right now. We’ve seen multiple blogs discussing whether or not free is a good thing, but these publications didn’t really help the rest of us looking to self-publish who want to know exactly how to price our work. Not until we read E-Book Pricing by Ruth Harris and another E-Book Pricing post by Dean Wesley Smith. Finally, some food for thought.
Before writing, many of us would question whether or not writer’s block is an actual disease. Well, maybe it’s not a disease, but it does happen. Heidi Cohen helps writers Fight the Writing Demons with challenges we can overcome.
Show, Don’t Tell. Speak to the Reader. These are all things important to our manuscripts that we’ve heard as writers. But how does a writer add psychological power to his or her writing, or speak to the reader’s subconscious? Margie Lawson tells us how and provides fabOoolous examples in her guest post over at Jenny Hansen’s Cowbell.
Feel like getting to know a New York Times Best Selling Author? Piper Bayard takes us one-on-one with Sandra Brown in this fantastic interview. Sixty of her books have made it onto the NYT Best Selling List!?! Oh, to dream…
What makes a story a mystery? A thriller? A romance? Genre is a very important aspect of all writing; it’s actually the first question anyone asks when we announce that we are writing a story – What are you writing? Learn what makes up a few of the different genres here in Genre Matters by Kristen Lamb.
Another hot topic in the world of writing involves the different publishing methods available to writers today. Will self-publishing phase out the traditional publishing houses? What does the future have in store for us? Lynn Kelley takes a look at her Publishing Choices and includes a couple of great blurbs and links from other writers and agents for the rest of us worried about taking that next big step.
As if the perils of writing, e-book pricing, and publishing aren’t stressful enough, where would writers be without the important step of editing – and editing correctly? Girls with Pens (the great Marcy Kennedy and Lisa Hall-Wilson) share 6 Steps for the Final Edit and the ever important 5 Ways to Show and Not Tell. Seriously. Read these.
PART II: FabOoolous Recipes and Crafts
Who doesn’t like to order Bread Pudding when dining out at a nice restaurant? Well, now we don’t have to wait for that special date night! Instead, Amber West cooks up this homemade dessert for our very own private recipe list!
Ever enjoyed a Cupcake Martini? Jillian Dodd shares this delicious recipe, including a rim of icing. Seriously. Yum.
Looking to fill the day with something other than work? Why not get crafty and creative with Custom Coasters like these man-cave favorites designed by Amber West.
Part III: FabOoolous True Crime Stories
Comics about Jeffrey Dahmer? Songs about Charles Manson? Yes, they do exist. Catie Rhodes shares a few shocking true stories about Murder and Pop Culture adaptations, including the actual crime that inspired the movie Scream.
We always hear about all the open cold cases that have never been solved. We even watch television shows including A&E’s Cold Case Files and the former CBS series Cold Case to see authorities working diligently years later to find closure for these victims. So why not celebrate a few Solved Cold Cases, courtesy of Stacy Green.
Part IV: Just Because They’re fabOoolous
There has been a lot of Buffy talk on Twitter lately, and for good reason – Buffy rocks. Luckily for those who haven’t watched the fabOoolous vampire slayer kick some serious butt and fall in love with multiple bad boys with bite (awe, Angel and Spike – how we miss thee!), Lyn Midnight takes the time to Break Down Buffy for us.
It seems we’re always watching movies about teen rebellion. But when Catie Rhodes mentions that Over the Edge is the 1970’s version of Rebel Without a Cause, how can we resist watching? Better yet, Catie explains that the story is inspired by actual events AND that the Nirvana hit “Smells like Teen Spirit” was based on the tale. Interesting, right?
Time for the Sci-Fi Battle Royale: Who would win – Captain Kirk or Captain Picard? Jen L. Kirchner places the two Star Trek captains side by side and offers her opinion on the matter. Who do you think would win?
Who read the Choose Your Own Adventure stories growing up? We did, which is only one reason why we love Zombies over at Mark Lidstone’s blog. Each week, Mark posts another chapter in Victoria’s attempt to escape the post zombie apocalyptic world, and our votes help guide him through to the next week’s story. Vote now!
What blogs have you read lately that have really stood out? Have any good blog posts for writers regarding self-publishing or e-books that you’d like to share? How about a favorite true crime story that inspired Hollywood to make a movie? We’d love to hear from you!