Mash-Up

Science Fiction Mashup

Here are some fun science fiction magazine sites. If you haven’t visited them, click on the links below. Among these I’m sure you’ll find something that speaks to your SF bug.

Asimovs Science Fiction

offers samples of their print and e-format magazine, links to author, magazine and other SF related sites, and they feature a couple of new author blogs each month.

Amazing Stories Magazine

calls their site a Social Magazine. Scroll down the page to see some of the fascinating posts and join the forum to participate in the conversation.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine 

is up in space! (in the library of the International Space Station). This site offers the usual plus a reference library and an events calendar.

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 

features a blog with interviews, reviews, and articles as well as a forum for discussions among fans.

Sfsignal

is considered a fanzine(a nonprofessional, nonofficial publication by fans). You’ll find book and movie reviews, free fiction, convention information, and more at this site.

 

Hi! I’m popping up out of my writing cave for a few minutes to say hi and share some links you might want to know about. I’ll be heading back into the cave in a minute. I’m determined to finish this re-write before I take off for an intense immersion class. In the meantime, I will try to post a short piece every couple of weeks. I’ll return to a regular blogging scheduled in late October.

I hope you found something of interest in this mashup of Science Fiction Online.

Are there science fiction sites you visit regularly?

Does Summer Mean Sleep Deprivation?

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It’s summer time in the U.S.A. and that means fun, right? There’s all kinds of things to do: swimming, sun bathing, gardening, lawn care, picnics, vacations, games, sitting on the porch until the sun goes down, and more. Unfortunately the usual list of things to do continues as well: housework, the wage-earning-job, errands, meals, and all manner of mundane daily duties. So how do we accomplish all of these things? Can we say sleep deprivation?

It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out. ~Bill Watterson

We all know that sleep is important. There’s information all over the web, televisions and magazines telling us that chronic sleep deprivation can lead to decreased alertness, memory loss, and numerous medical issues ranging from obesity to heart disease. (For more information go to WebMD.) So why do we do we shave off sleep time? Perhaps we believe in some of the common myths about sleep.

If you lose two hours of sleep, you can impair your performance equal to a .05 blood-alcohol level. (from 10 facts about.com)

Do you believe that missing just one hour of sleep won’t hurt? Or that your body adjusts quickly to different sleep schedules? What about the one that you can make up for lack of sleep by sleeping more on the weekends? Sorry, none of those are correct. Even just one hour less sleep at night will affect how alert you are, your cardiovascular health, your energy levels, and your ability to fight off infection. For more information on myths about sleep go to helpguide.org and go to sleepfoundation.org for healthy sleep tips.

“I’m not asleep… but that doesn’t mean I’m awake.”-Unknown Author

It’s summer and my wish for you (and me) is to make getting enough sleep a priority so we remain healthy and have a terrific summer. And I don’t want to be too serious so, how about a few fun facts about sleep?

Here’s 10 Fun Facts about sleep.

You know those sheep we count in order to go to sleep? They only need 3.8 hours of sleep a day! Check out how many hours of sleep a giraffe needs per day here.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be a dolphin. Scientists studying sleep believe that dolphins may sleep with one hemisphere of their brain at a time. How cool is that?  Yes, some report that ducks can do the same thing, but I’d much rather be a dolphin. Just think how much I summer I could enjoy if half my brain would sleep while I enjoyed summer fun!

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”-Irish Proverb

Sleep by Sean MacEntee via Flickr

What about you? Do you get the recommended amount of sleep? If not, what has you sleep deprived this summer?

Perfection, Failure and Inspiration

I had another post in mind for today, but Monday morning I read a friend’s blog post and I knew it was something I had to share. Colin Falconer suggested that every writer should watch the video called The Benefits of Failure. I say everyone should watch this video. For everyone has something, someplace in which they have felt the pain of failure. That pain has given failure a black mark. It’s something most of us avoid, but perhaps we shouldn’t.

Take a short break right now and visit Colin’s website, Looking for Mr Goodstory, read his post and watch the commencement speech called The Benefits of Failure . Go on, I’ll wait.

Interesting speech, yes? Now, no one is encouraging you to go out and deliberately fail. What Ms. Rollins suggests is that we shouldn’t be so afraid of failure that we don’t take risks.

If that Ms. Rollins’ speech hasn’t convinced you that failure can be a good thing, that failure is part of life, read KM Huber’s blog, The Way to Fall Apart. It’s a lovely post and reminds us all that falling apart is necessary for things to come together.

But failing and falling apart are scary. So we look for some way to make it come together. Aren’t we all guilty of sometimes avoiding the possibility of failure by trying to make everything perfect? And wouldn’t you know it, Seth Godin had something to say about Polishing Perfect.

Has this post made you uncomfortable? Talking about, thinking about, much less experiencing failure is uncomfortable. But remind yourself, failure is just one way that didn’t work. Dare to risk failure. You never know what you might discover.

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I’m risking failure with an epic rewrite of an imperfect novel that I can’t let go.

Do you avoid failure at all costs?
Or do you embrace the risk of failure?