This amazing and weird little short film is definitely not short of odd, surreal imagery. I bet it’s just the thing to jiggle loose a pesky bout of writer’s block with its constantly evolving images of the bizarre and out of place. And if not, then at least it can give you a good dose of the strange and disconcerting.
Who do you write like? Find out here! Then post the results in the comments section.
Supposedly I write like Vladimir Nabokov. I don’t see how my style is similar to Nabokov’s but it’s still pretty amusing. What’s even more interesting is that when I put in a text block from something much older that I’d written I got a comparison to Margaret Atwood. Who knows who I’ll be writing like in another couple of years?
Now that you know who you write like, it’s time to find out how full of crap you are. Or at least how full of crap your writing is. Check out this fun site and see how much text is just filling up space. I have no idea what criteria the site uses to measure BS but it’s a neat diversion and something to get you thinking about editing and how much pruning you can do. Remember, economy of words is important and every word must do something. Depending on what sections of my writing I select, I’ve gotten from .06 to .1 and sometimes beyond. Regardless of what this program says, I already know that I’ll have much to cut out once I go back for the second draft. So give this program a try and see what it tells you. You can check it out here
Just remember not to take the results of either of these things too seriously. It’s all in good fun.
When you love a story, you just want to share it with everyone! Unfortunately, you don’t always get to bring up your latest literary adventure in conversation. But don’t worry! Kickstarter Litographs has you covered with your favorite books printed on t-shirts. Visit their site here to check out this really cool concept. Especially with the holiday season coming, this would be the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life.
Or if you don’t want to wear your stories out (yeah it’s a pun, deal with it) they can turn the text of a story into a poster to hang on your wall!
Over at Axel Torvenius’ site, you can behold an extensive collection of handcrafted nasties. It’s very compelling stuff, especially if you have an eye for the macabre and the perverse (some pages in the site are NSFW but you’ll know which ones). I personally love the peeling textures, the look of desiccation and decay that these pieces throw off. Many of them tap directly into the horror center of your mind with warped and disfigured human forms and faces. I’m not exactly sure what putting one of these pieces in your living room would do to the overall decor but I’m sure it can only be good. Go check it out and let me know what you think.
Every so often something interesting and unexpected comes down the pipeline. When you see it you think, “Well, I certainly would never have thought of that.” This is one of those things. Between its art style, the catchy music, and the strange almost magic realism of the whole thing, it certainly captured my attention.
It was the night before the solstice and all through the sepulchral chambers, not an eldritch abomination was gibbering… EXCEPT FOR CTHULHU!
This cute and cuddly elder being was made by Amy L. Rawson and Brian East and is on sale at Etsy Shop. As you know, I have a thing for Christmas themed, sanity shattering horrors and this little guy definitely makes the grade. Stop by Rawson’s website and have a look around. I highly recommend having a look at the art dolls which seem to be cut straight from the fabric of imagination.
You know when you have a book you love, I mean really love. You know all the creases on its cover, you can recite the thing cover to cover, you have a familiarity with the smell of the pages. Maybe you don’t and I’m just obsessed with books. But if you do, doesn’t it just break your heart to think of someone coming along and separating you from your beloved treasure? Well, fear no more because this wonderfully monstrous and creative knit book cover is here to frighten away anyone who has untoward thoughts for your book. You can check out the site and order your own book monster and have the piece of mind that comes from knowing your books are safe and sound.