Links: Fanfic, Skincare, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Happy Hump Day! It’s Wednesday afternoon and the rest of your day might be crawling by. That’s what Wednesday Links is for! Take a break, regroup, grab a snack. The weekend will get here eventually.

Love podcasts? Right now, there’s a Kickstarter campaign for Earios: a woman-run podcast network. Unfortunately, they haven’t announce what specific types of shows they’ll be developing. As of today, they’re less than $2000 from their goal and pledges start at $5.

Sarah sent me this awesome link from The Guardian about the popularization of fanfic. As a former fanfic writer and current fanfic reader, I really enjoyed it.

But the divide between fanfiction and original writing holds strong. It’s assumed that if people write fanfiction, it’s because they can’t produce their own. At best, it functions as training wheels, preparing a writer to commit to a real book. When they don’t – as in the famous case of Fifty Shades, which one plagiarism checker found had an 89% similarity rate with James’s original Twilight fanfiction – they are ridiculed. A real author, the logic goes, having moved on to writing their own books, doesn’t look back.

“Here’s the thing,” Naomi Novik explains over the phone from New York. She is the bestselling author of the Temeraire books, a fantasy series that adds dragons to the Napoleonic Wars, and Spinning Silver, which riffs on Rumpelstiltskin. “I don’t actually draw any line between my fanfiction work and my professional work – except that I only write the fanfiction stuff for love.”

What are your thoughts on fanfic?

Subscribed to Kindle Unlimited? Author Talia Hibbert has some recommendations to help you find some hidden gems!

Send Your Friendship logo a circle of twisted rope with a seahorse inside beneath the words Send Your FriendshipNote from Sarah:  I have a new mini-course coming soon from Organization Academy called Send Your Friendship. It’s all about using your Google Calendar to help you remember to send greeting cards and gifts to the people who are important to you.

If you love sending birthday cards but often forget the date until the last minute (*raises hand*) this course is made for you. And if you’d like to start a habit of being a consistent correspondent to your friends and family, this course is also for you.

Because it’s a mini-course, you won’t need much time to complete it, and once your calendar is set up, you’ll have everything you need (except the cards – but I’ll have tips and recommendations for that, too). The cost will be low, too – under $40.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can sign up here – and please check the box to indicate you want information about this course specifically!

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The Verge has an interesting look at the intersection of skincare and science, and how the former is inspiring women to get more into the latter:

Unlike Wong, Jude Chao of Fifty Shades of Snail doesn’t have a background in science. She went to a math and science high school, but preferred the English classes. “I slept through all my chemistry classes and my bio classes, and that’s a pretty big regret,” says Chao.

In her 30s, she began to be interested in skincare for a very common reason: she didn’t like the way her own skin looked. “I thought, ‘I’ll just figure out the one thing that works for me,’” says Chao. “But I had a lot of catch-up to do on really basic things. I never really thought before that skincare is chemistry. There are very clear rules for what works and why, and there’s a lot of research that goes into it and it’s a whole area of formulation.”

Researching products has not only taught her about chemistry concepts, but also pushed her to be more critical of the world of science and the way it’s presented. Chao reads academic papers and has learned to check if there’s a really small or skewed sample size or other problems with the study design.

It’s a long read, but as someone who is getting more and more into skincare, I’m here for it.

Historical romance author, Elizabeth Bright, is on Twitter ranking the best orgasms in romance! What do you think of the list?

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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