The first day of December and officially Summer in the Southern Hemisphere and suddenly the weather remembers that it is supposed to be hot and sunny.
Of course being the first day of December the shops go mad with Christmas decorations, Christmas music and the Christmas count down.
Every Christmas I get frustrated by the lack of Summer Christmas celebration music and decorations in the town. My kids are singing Frosty The Snowman and the mall is decorated in ice sculptures for Santa...say what?
The temperature is climbing and any snowman here wouldn't last long....
I think it is time we shed the Northern Hemisphere winter solstice type celebrations and start making an effort with the uniqueness of Christmas in the Pacific...that's Christmas day BBQ's and beach cricket...or lying outside trying to get a tan while digesting Christmas dinner.
What interesting tidbits and yummy treats can I serve you up as appetizers for a Christmas dinner of links this week?
NaNoWriMo has finished and now the big edit begins. If you are scratching your head looking at your opus and wondering how you can make it better check out these writing craft links.
From The Editors Blog- no perfect characters needed.
From Bob Mayer's store of great advice- conflict the fuel of your story.
From the team at Adventures in Children's Publishing-stimulus and response.
If you are sitting down and need to dine on more substantial fare....
Publishers Weekly looks at the Amazon library mess and asks where do traditional public libraries fit in all this?
YA Highway has a thought provoking post on why Authors disappear...
The Passive Guy has a meaty post looking at the horrible clause, no compete, that is making its way into book contracts. You need to read this and digest it!
Have a serving of 30 quick tips for speakers.
Seth Godin looks back at the year of the domino project and says what next...
Dessert, if you can fit it in....
Channelship ponders the future of book marketing
The wonderful people behind Writers Knowledge Base launched new novel writing software yesterday called Hiveword.
Jane Friedman warns writers that they are overlooking a vital skill.
For the after dinner mints...Kate Arms-Smith explores what you might need in a creative space and SCBWI has a fancy graphic on the lifecycle of the book.
Loosen your belt, stretch back and muse about all the goodies you have received....
Next week I will be away from my blog as I travel down to the South Island... this will give you time to digest your meal so you will be ready for the last serving of links for 2011.