Great photo on lj_photophile.
Fascinating church from cienna.
That flight attendant. (When I first started typing up this post, this news story wasn't *everywhere*. Sorry, I know you've already heard all about it -- it was even on the radio, reported in true BBC-style seriousness. Maybe you haven't seen the Taiwan News animation though?)
Interview with Terry Brooks on writing fantasy.
The last link is from Good Reads, a social cataloguing site dedicated to books. I should probably use it more than I do, but I only index the books I want people to know I've read. Probably that's its real purpose anyway, but I think I should have more books I'm proud to have read. For what it's worth, I recently finished a graphic novel by Garth Ennis called "The Chronicles of Wormwood" and an Arsene Lupin/Sherlock Holmes crossover written by the original writer of Lupin called "Arsene Lupin Vs. Herlock Sholmes".
Wormword is offensive, with the mantra that anything is better than blandness. A little preachy, but overall easy to read and with some very funny sections. Besides, it's Garth Ennis. If you know comic books, you already know what you're getting. My Comic Book Guy recommended it as being similar to Transmetropolitan (Warren Ellis), if it helps.
Lupin Versus Sholmes confused me at first with its characterisation of Sholmes and Wilson. I didn't know if Leblanc just wanted to write a bit of fanfic featuring his own characters, if he wanted to parody the great detective or if he just wanted a character with the reputation of Holmes. The result is a bit of all three, with the parody aspect picking up as the book progresses. Herlock's interaction with Wilson and reaction to his injuries is hilarious and completely out-of-character. Wilson manages to be both considerably smarter and considerably dumber than Watson all at the same time, sometimes in the same sentence. I liked it, but I prefer the other Lupin books.
As for my own writing, I'm getting there. Was (and still am) feeling fairly melancholy and ended up channeling that into the protagonist. I hope that decision is appropriate... I suspect it is, contrary to the "correct" way to writing characters. I'm currently at the 'making stupid comments in capital letters' stage, and then rewriting where needed. Added new dialogue which sounds pretty good to me.
Finally, I went to the doctor and got diagnosed with tonsillitus, which means I can't sleep because it hurts to swallow. I hope it clears up soon, because I don't know how easy it will be to get antibiotics in the future. My head's kind of foggy, so I hope this post makes sense.