Once I moved here to the desert, I learned a greater appreciation and respect for water. Rains-- if they come at all-- tend to be very seasonal. We have a monsoon season in late summer, and there's a period of rain in the winter. As long as an inch of rain isn't trying to come down in ten seconds or less, I absolutely love to listen to it falling from the sky. It is such a lush sound, and when it falls during the winter (as it is tonight) it makes me think of the promise of carpets of wildflowers in the spring. I haven't done much that's noteworthy during the past week, so instead of chattering away, I'm going to post the links and then retire to a warm cozy bed and the sound of raindrops.
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- My mother (a non-swimmer) taught me how to swim when I was three or four years old. Perhaps that's why I found this article interesting, whether or not I believe it: Why Swimmers Are Smarter Than You.
- This stuff's popping up all over the place. Now a valuable gun's turned up at a police buy-back. (And I'd like to commend the officers involved.)
- A code used by the founding father of Rhode Island has finally been cracked.
- I don't think this would go over well in Peoria: A village in India bans women from using cell phones.
- I don't think I'm the only one who's been wondering about this: Why are novelists turning to co-authors?
- 82 writers talking about their favorite bookstore? Sounds like my kind of book!
- What your email inbox count says about you. (The last time I checked, mine contained two read emails....)
- I enjoyed these two articles about the things people leave in books: Found in Books and the Secret Contents of Secondhand Books.
- Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are returning, and an author named Hillerman is responsible.
- Crime fiction writer Val McDermid didn't fare well after a talk at a university.
- Twitter is cutting down the length of some of its tweets.
- What we'll see in 2013 in digital media.
- One person thinks publishers and libraries are fighting the wrong war over eBooks.
- For fans of Dr. Ruth Galloway and her creator Elly Griffiths, there's a FREE short story available for Kindle or Nook.
- The New York Times is launching eBook programs.
- Take a look at this Christmas tree made from 5,000 dishes.
- A cute book clock.
- Seven pages of book lover ornaments, several of which I want.
- 10 gifts for bookworms.
- Literary fashion for serious book nerds.
- More gift ideas for book lovers.
I ♥ Lists
- Authors' funniest responses to film adaptations of their work.
- 10 songs inspired by books.
- 15 weird Christmas books.
- Authors over the age of 80 who refuse to retire.
That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!