Publication day for Brutal Light (or, as I call it, ‘Light Thursday,’ clearly superior in every way to ‘Black Friday’) looms ever closer. Suddenly all the advance prep work I’ve been doing doesn’t seem nearly advanced enough. I’ve got guest blogs to finish! I’ve got a newsletter to pull together! I have excerpts to… um… excerpt! Oh, and I’d like to write in there, somewhere. Really, I would.

So, let us bring forth the links, to give me cover so I can scurry off and make with the doing of those things…

Author Karina Fabian has been writing for a good cause. Her ongoing story, Christmas Spirits: From the Case Files of DragonEye, P.I. is raising money for Food for the Poor.

Lincoln Crisler, meanwhile, was in the study with the lead pipe and… no, wait, I’m getting my notes mixed up. Lincoln Crisler just put an excerpt from his novella Queen up on Facebook.

Something of interest to writers who tweet, or tweeters who write: 60+ Favorite Twitter Hashtags for Writers. Not all of which I use, though I should use #amprocrastinating. A lot.

Here are 10 Crazy Scifi Plot Devices That We’d Would Like to See. ‘We’ meaning ‘Io9,’ in this case.

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten what you went in there to do or get? Did you go into the room via… a door? That’s what you did wrong. Try teleporting next time.

Finally, in case you don’t have enough industrial-strength crackpottery in your life, take in this video that takes a look at what some say is THE TRUTH about our hollow Earth. Because knowing is half the… oh, never mind.

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Gary W. Olson is the author of the dark fantasy novel Brutal Light and several previously published and forthcoming short stories. He can be found via his website, his blog A Taste of Strange, as @gwox on Twitter, and in many other far-flung places on the Internet.