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Linkdump for August 17th

by Rob Friesel
  • Amazing look at Choose Your Own Adventure novel data. "CYOA as Finite State Machines." Fascinating.
  • Ruben Verborgh presents some arguments re: why you might want to take a pass on AMD. It's worth going through the comment thread as well to see the discussion around it. Nutshell version seems to be: unless you're on a big project, something like AMD might very well be overkill for you.
    (tagged: AMD JavaScript )
  • Garance Franke-Ruta, writing for The Atlantic:

    B-matter has kind of fallen by the wayside in the age of the Web, where blog standards often involve reporting just one new thing, not comprehensively, or just the latest thing that was said, rather than its history. But a deft use of B-matter can really solve a wealth of problems, and show political lies for what they are. And if lies are going to be repeated, the truth has to be, too.

    (tagged: politics )
  • Michael Bourne, writing at The Millions:

    An agent’s job is to find an author whose novel is ready for publication, or so close to ready that it makes economic sense for the agent to put the time into helping make it ready, and connect that writer to a publisher. […] getting your work to a publishable level, building a track record that will be attractive to a publishing house, wangling connections that will get you out of the slush pile – that’s your job.

    Perhaps not the most encouraging report, but it makes sense — even if it contradicts some things that other folks have written. What this means however, is that it really is that important to know the right people, or else have a very strong self-published novel, or else make that investment in something like a trip to Clarion

  • By Sam J. Miller.
    (tagged: advice writing )

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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