Sunday linky

Required reading for all net-surfers, and especially for those of us prone to this sort of thing: jimhines on Spork Theory.

This planet we live on, from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean trench. Pretty amazing place, isn’t it? (via)

Dreaming in Books on the challenges of being a romance-reading guy:

I’m tired of feeling shame for reading and loving romance in all of its genres. I’m a guy, sure, but that doesn’t mean anything. Guys, gay and straight, get into relationships and fall in love, so why the hell aren’t we allowed to read about it? I’ll tell you why. It’s because the world is afraid. The world is afraid to admit that a guy can be romantic and nurturing and sensitive. Do you know what I have to do to read romance novels? I have to get up in either the dead of night, or wait until my parents are away, just to make some swaps for a Nora Roberts or Diana Palmer.

Karen Romano Young recently guest-blogged her experiences as a writer traveling on an arctic research vessel. (via)

jimhines again, on Why negative reviews are great news for writers.

Ellen Wittlinger writes for Horn Book about alternately being considered, as a writer, “too gay” and “not gay enough.” (via)

A guest blogger at Free Range Kids talks about her frustration with being called brave–and being thought bonkers–for simply failing to hover over her children 24/7.

Kelly McCullough joins those arguing that writing is a better use of a writer’s time than self-promotion.

Church demonstrators show up at a gay pride parade–to apologize. (via)

The voice actor who played Zuko in the original animated Last Airbender debates whether viewers should boycott the movie.

So… to boycott or not? I still feel a loyalty to the whole project, I helped to make it popular and I hope the film does justice to a near perfect animated series. Boycott is a strong word, but I do know that I won’t go see it opening weekend. I’m sure I will see it sooner or later, but my money won’t be apart of the opening weekend tally. In this day and age, in America 2010… I just don’t think it is at all viable for white actors to play ethnic roles… at least until they let us play white roles.

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