5 Finds for the 5th – January 2016 Edition

3695647200_466c063223_zAnother month has gone by, and it’s time for me to share some of the cool stuff I’ve found in this month’s installment of 5 Finds for the 5th.

I found a lot of good stuff this month!  It was tough narrowing it down to just five items.  I briefly thought about changing this to seven finds for the seventh or something like that, but in the end, consistency is probably best.

Be forewarned, this five finds is going to be fairly “Best of 2015” heavy, since the year ended just a few days ago.

So here are five of my favorite writing related items from the last month.


1.) George R R Martin’s Writing Habits

So I’m sure by now you’ve heard that GRRM won’t be finishing The Winds of Winter anytime soon, certainly not before the next HBO season airs in April.  This should come as a surprise to no-one.

But, I think it’s interesting to look a little deeper at why that is the case.  Check out this article about Martin’s writing habits.

The key here is “I really have to be in my own house undisturbed to write” and other related comments.

Far be it from me to criticize a true master, but it’s clear how the inflexibility in his writing habits is problematic.  Especially for a man who is wanted for as many events as he is.  Personally, I choose to write every day, and I encourage others to do so as well.  Building a habit is important, as is flexibility.

Oh, and there is also a theory that Martin isn’t actually writing at all and is just living the dream.  Cuz he can.


2.) Best Fantasy Books of 2015

Best Fantasy Books is a great website.  Their Top 25 list has turned me on to many of my all time favorite fantasy books.

They recently released their picks for the best fantasy books of 2015.

Judging by the glowing praise Brian Staveley’s The Providence of Fire received, I’m probably going to have to put his series on my What I’m Reading Now list.


3.) Writer’s Digest Your Story #71

Writer’s Digest hosts the Your Story Competition every other month.  Writers can submit a piece that answers the bi-monthly prompt for a chance at publication in the next issue of Writer’s Digest.

This month’s competition is fun and easy… well… maybe not easy.  Like so many things in writing, there are layers of subtlety underneath.

But it’s still fun.

So check it out and give it a shot!


4.) Science Magazine’s Coolest for 2015

The Verge posted a nice wrap up of Science Magazine’s coolest scientific happenings for the year.

Okay.  I’ll be fair.  This one isn’t directly writing related.

But, I think it’s tangentially writing related.

First, if you delve into science fiction at all, the relevance is obvious.  But even if you’re not, I think it’s always good to be searching for new ideas in strange places, and Science Magazine succeeds in bringing us to some strange places.


5.) Gamespots Game of the Year Countdown

Gamespot released their top 25 games of 2015.

I have an article forthcoming about video games, but I’ll provide a brief blurb here.  I think some video games are approaching the level of storytelling found in novels.  It’s an exciting time to be a story lover.

As such, I believe that we aspiring writers can benefit from delving into these stories and thinking about them much like we might with a book.

So check out Gamespot’s Top 25 of the year, and let me know what you think.



Have you found anything cool over the last month?  Get at me in the comments section!  I’d love to take a look!



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