mid-week link salad (and some happy things!)

Writing for a living takes a lot more than just ample cash in your bank vault, according to literary agent Carly Watters.

 

Indeed.

 

It takes luck, a wide readership, years of dedication, luck, perseverance and ability to roll with the punches, and oh did I mention luck? Luck for agents and publishing houses to take a chance on your book (of course, substance counts for a lot too), luck for the RIGHT agent and publishing house to pick up your book and sign you on, luck for ever-changing reader diet, luck for movie producers and bookstores to decide to buy the rights from you, luck that you can write full-time and live comfortably, not paycheck to paycheck.

 

Watters paints a stark picture of what it’s like for most writers who aren’t international best-selling ones. Kind of a depressing reality, but no one said this path was easy. Literally, no one. The publishing market is one of the toughest ones to break into. Aside from dealing with writerly angst (don’t dismiss it until you’ve experienced it), the business itself makes being a novelist a difficult game to play.

 

Okay, enough doom and gloom. This was supposed to be an upbeat post!

 

Over at Mythic Scribes, they offered some tips for developing characters in romance novels.

 

And here’s some mind-boggling architecture for you. Number 19 and 21 are my favourites. Imagine living in a spiral building! The rooftop is just begging for a sled race, no? So much potential for a story setting, too.

 

Impulse buy: greeting cards!

 

 

You never know when you need one. And even if you don’t, they make a great mood-lifting collection that you can admire once in a while. I mean, look how cute these are! I ended up buying just six, even though there were a lot more adorable designs available.

 

Other happy things for this thundery week:

 

 

Speaking of TVD, I refuse to believe ***spoiler alert!*** Katherine is dead. She just can’t be dead. She’s one of the most delicious characters on the show – so much potential for mischief and havoc and eventual pathos (see season 5 episode 12). It would really suck if she left and we’re stuck with boring, whiny, indecisive Elena with whom, for some reason, the boys are in love.

 

And speaking of boys, here’s a gorgeous one:

 

 

Yes, they are the same person, in case you were wondering.

 

Also, if you’ve watched the Korean drama, Secret Garden, you’ll definitely appreciate this parody done by Big Bang:

 

 

*choke*gasp*splutter*laugh my ass off*

 

This video has been around for a while, but it still gets me every time! Can I humbly request for Super Junior to do a drama parody too? That would be awesome, thank you.

 

Speaking of awesome (see how neat and connected is today? Ha!), here’s something that will hopefully get you through the rest of this week:

 

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