This page is where I put links for the various pages I like to use while I’m writing. You might find them interesting too!
Words & Ideas
The Navajo Code Talker Dictionary is interesting when I’m making up fake words and terminology but I want to have some basis in reality.
Another very simple way to come up with terms is to simply use Google Translate. I enter the idea word in English, then browse through what that word is in other languages.
My favorite site for character names is BabyNames.com. It lets me search by many criteria (click on “advanced search”) and even has a section specifically for writers who are naming characters.
HEA characters: Humanistic, Empathetic, and Admirable http://romanceuniversity.org/2012/02/13/donna-macmeans-creating-characters-for-the-keeper-shelf/
Han Shot First: A post on my own blog about whether it’s acceptable for a writer/creator to go back and edit something that has already been published. I’m constantly linking to it in other blog posts and e-mail, which makes it hard to find since search finds all the references as well as the original post! http://amybethinverness.com/2011/05/08/han-shot-first/
I love to use the orbital tracker to know when I might be able to catch a glimpse of the ISS or other objects in orbit. I miss being able to see the space shuttle.
I asked a question about orbits, and Jason Fisk found this great image on Wikimedia that shows a comparison of orbital altitudes.
Michael Laine and the Liftport Group are working on the technology to build a real space elevator. Also on the subject of space elevators, here’s the fictional HALO one. “Space Elevator Guy” also has a photostream on Flickr.
About a manned mission to Mars
When I was little, I wanted to be either an author or an architect. I went to school for architecture, and I have degrees in Liberal Arts and in Architecture & Building Engineering Technology. Here are some sites with cool architecture.
The Architecture of Robert Oshatz someone shared on Google Plus. I would love a house with this look someday, and it’s also a good look for SciFi homes.
I dream to someday have my own writing office in the house Robert Heinlein built in Colorado Springs back in 1950. It’s at 1776 Broadmoor Valley Rd.
Wikimedia Commons is a wonderful place to get images that are designed to share. Most have some kind of a creative commons license, which means as long as I give attribution I can use them on my blog.
I used to use Model Mayhem to look for inspiration for characters, but lately it seems that they’ve changed the search function on their site and I can no longer narrow the list by certain characteristics. I’m not going to surf through thousands of pictures and hope that I come across exactly the one who looks like I imaging my character.
It’s always in the back of my mind that someday I will need a cover. Sometimes I come across an artist I love and I think “Wow! Wouldn’t this make a great cover?”
Jan Saudek and Sara Saudkova are a couple of photographers with a feel and look that I love. Many of their works are NSFW, but a lot of the images have a playful and innocent look even though they might involve nudity. I’d love for my cover art to be something stand-out like this, although it would be a challenge to make sure the innocence and beauty came through and people didn’t just say “Hey, is she naked in that picture?”
Friends and Other Interesting People
OK, this list will never ever be finished. I could list all the great interviewees I’ve had, but links to their sites are on their interviews.
The first time I used John Quinlan‘s picture to illustrate a story called Postcard, I had no idea who he was. I found the picture on Wikimedia. But then people started finding my site because they were googling him, and we eventually became friends. He’s building a portfolio of images specifically designed for Romance Authors.
Another model to whom I owe thanks for the blog hits is Ophelia Overdose. She is very artistic, and creates whole scenes with her own body as only part of the overall picture. She gave me permission to use one of her pictures to illustrate a Steampunk story, and I’d love to use her again.
You won’t find many pictures of her, but Geri is one of my best friends in the world. She beta reads and proofreads for me, and you can read her blog at http://nc-narrations.blogspot.com/
Precipice: The Literary Anthology of Write On Edge was the first publication to include one of my stories. Submissions are now open for the 2013 edition, and the theme is Luck.
Word limit for all submissions is 3000. Submissions close April 30, 2013. Submissions this year are limited to one piece per author.
Love, Lust and Zombies — an original anthology edited by Mitzi Szereto A trade paperback to be published by Cleis Press, USA
Publication date: Autumn 2013
Submissions due February 10, 2013. Word count 3,000 to 6,500
Conferences and Events
Space-Up Houston is in February. I won’t make it in 2012, but I’d love to see if I can make it in 2013!
RWA’s annual conference is in July. Unless something big happens in the next few months, I won’t make it this year (It’s in Atlanta this year.) 2014 it will be in Texas, then in 2015 back in NYC which is much closer to me (a day’s drive) and therefore much cheaper. For that, I might even drive down with the whole family, spend a day in the city with them, then send them home to Vermont while I stay in NYC for the convention.
The RT Booklovers Convention is in Kansas City in May. I’d love to go, but it’s expensive. Maybe next year, when it’s in New Orleans.
Stock 20 is a site for royalty-free music for just $20… great for book trailers!