In the self-promotion department, another great review of Orgy of Souls.  For that matter,  Jason Sanford reviews Dark Faith.  He’s not the only one:  ”At times surprising, scary, humorous and almost always thought provoking, DARK FAITH is a must read for fans of religious horror and those seeking some chills of a deeper nature.” (from The Horror Fiction Review).  Also, Laird Barron suggests a list of horror/dark fantasy writers folks’ should go read.  Number five was of particular interest to me …

General:

Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos) – this is just made of pure awesome.

On Twitter, Popularity Does Not Mean Influence – I may have to blog on this topic.  I know a lot of writers who confuse the number of their FaceBook friends with their ability to harness fans.

Racialicious:

SDCC NOTEBOOK: THE FAN DIASPORA & ERIC WALLACE ON DIVERSITY IN DC COMICS – “Reginald Hudlin summed up a lot of fans’ concerns about DC Comics’ recent storylines during his annual “Black Panel” in his response to a fan’s question: “DC Comics is very much into the nostalgia business,” Hudlin said; later in the hour he called it “bad business.” No one in the room packed full of POC fans disagreed with him.”

Black Women and the Hollywood Shuffle – “Director Julie Dash’s critically acclaimed short film Illusionsexamines the precarious role that black women play in the Hollywood film industry. In it, black women exist along the periphery of the industry, even though their talents are central to the success of the studio. Although Illusions was made almost 30 years ago, the challenges that black women face in the film industry have changed very little.”

Spiritual:

The Terror of Faith – “Growing in faith is an extremely dangerous proposition.  It’s been compared to leaping off a cliff, and that’s a good comparison:  We can’t see where we’re going, and we have to trust the result of our choice to someone or something beyond ourselves.”

An Open Letter to Ken Ham – Creationism (especially the literal seven days version of it) has never been one of those “I’ll die for” issues for me.

Black Theology, Slavery and Contemporary Christianity – “This interdisciplinary study draws on biblical studies, history, missiology and Black theological reflection, exploring the strengths and limitations of faith as the framework for abolitionist rhetoric and action.”

Writing:

Brian Keene hits us with two great blog posts:  Looking for a Few Good Women, on the nature of fandom and writers; and Mid-List Blues, on the crumbling landscape of the publishing industry and the need for writers to take their careers into their own hands when possible.

What crumbling landscape?  Check out Jim C. Hines’ blog, The Death of Print/Publishing, Part MCCLWTFXVIII.

SF Magazines Circulation 2009 – each year I look forward to Warren Ellis’ analysis of the dwindling numbers of “the big three”.

But is *horror* dead?  Matt Cardin begins the conversation.  But then, I wonder what Catherynne M. Valente has to rant on that topic?

Gaiman vs. McFarlane: 2010 – “Part Twenty-Five Senior U.S. District Judge for the 7th Circuit Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Barbara B. Crabb announced her decision on July 29: “IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff Neil Gaiman’s motion for an order to compel discovery relating to the money earned from derivative characters Dark Ages (McFarlane) Spawn, Domina and Tiffany is GRANTED. Defendants Todd McFarlane, Todd McFarlane Productions, Inc. and TMP International, Inc. are to produce the requested information promptly and in no event later than September 1, 2010.”"  There’s a complete breakdown of the case.

Writing Through the Fear – I don’t know whether it is heartening or disheartening to know that no matter how large you loom in the business, say someone the stature of Tananarive Due, there will still be times when self-doubt gnaws at you when it comes to the blank page.

Indiana Attorney General Investigates New Century Publishing – New Century Publishing presented itself as a selective small press–but in fact it was a vanity publisher.  Remember the writer’s rule of thumb:  money flows TO the writer.