News & Notes – 12/03/2022

December 3, 2022 News & Notes 2

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Bookish News

Worth Reading/Viewing

For Anyone on Twitter

If you are trying to figure out where to go if Twitter implodes, and particularly if you’re curious about Mastodon, check out these articles (in addition to the one on writers and Twitter, above):

For Sci-Fi and Fantasy Lovers

  • Locus Magazine is seeking crowdfunding to continue their mission: to publish excellent short fiction in the SF/fantasy/horror/spec-fic fields, to cover publishing news in those fields, to recognize excellence through the Locus Awards, and to nurture new authors and publishing professionals through workshops and internships. Their award-winning magazine is well worth reading and subscribing to, and much of their online content is free. Unfortunately, print advertising is way down across all periodical publications, so Locus is reaching out to the SFFH community for help.

Books, Movies, and TV

Cool, Fun, and Awesome

This TikTok/YouTube series about relationship between a writer and her fantasy heroine had me laughing out loud — and wishing there really was a book. Jill Bearup sends up a lot of the fantasy and romance tropes, but it’s such an affectionate, funny send-up that you know she secretly loves them. Watch it on YouTube, where the short TikToks have been aggregated into three longer videos of nearly 10 minutes each. I have embedded the first one above, but they actually keep getting better.


  • Fantasy Books with Word-Based or Book-Based Magic Systems (Book Riot) An interesting list, but they left out one of the best: the Libriomancer series by Jim Hines. Libriomancers have a peculiar magical talent: they can physically reach into a page and pull out objects (as long as those objects fit through the dimensions of the page.) Imagine being able to have Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, Lucy Pevensie’s healing cordial, or Harry Potter’s wand literally at your fingertips!

2 Responses to “News & Notes – 12/03/2022”

  1. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    I’m still not sure I’m going to join Mastodon, but I’ve saved links of where some of the authors I follow are there in case I need it. On the other hand, I’ve found most of the artists I follow on Twitter over on Tumblr, so I’m good to go as far as that part is concerned.

    I pitched in to the Locus fundraiser. I’m also a subscriber of theirs, which I hope helps too. They do good stuff.
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