Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Links

Just a couple of links today.  First off, have you ever thought about the smell of used books?  You know, that aroma you notice in used books stores.  Apparently some scientists have now classified the smell.  Check out Natalie's blog for more info.

Next, here's a link to an article about the security (or lack thereof) of those free WiFi services you find in coffeehouses and such.  Make sure you're protected from the bad guys!  Hmmm. Sounds like a great plot for a story.

And finally, from Sheryl Hart's blog, a speed reading test. We writers need to learn to read quickly in order to leave as much time as possible for writing.  Head on over and take the test yourself. 

Note:  Staples has apparently removed the test, but Sheryl has located some alternate links.  Just scroll down to the end of the post.

Happy Weekend!


  1. Oh, no, you divulged my real first name, LOL!

    I just finished putting your suggestions in my 1st two chapters so it's break time.

    I think most used books smell like dirt & mold. Musty. I should know living in Florida.

    Here in Fort Walton Beach, the pirates invade every year and the mayor surrenders the city to Billy Bowlegs, aka William Bowles. That would make a good story too.

    I practiced speed reading for about 5 minutes today before I forgot and went back to enjoying the story at my usual pace. Let's just call it leisurely.

  2. I feel speed reading is for non-fiction articles or cramming for exams. When I'm reading fiction, I want to savour the mood and setting, not rush through it.

  3. That is the best darn castle ever!

    You have been awarded a Liebster Blog Award! Pop on over to collect it! : )

  4. I came over here from Write Escape, and I'm glad I found your blog. I love the picture of hogwarts at the top, good luck with the fan fiction, I bet it is amazing.

    I wish I could make potions! :)