Writerly Links of the Week

Understanding Celtic Symbols

Epic Pin of the Week!

Classic Fantasy Quote of the Week:

“No army has ever marched into battle thinking that the Creator had sided with their enemy.”      ~ Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Writerly Wisdom of the Week:

“Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines. What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.                                             ~ Jeanette Winterson

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Minimum-Wage Minions

So Husband and I were chatting about the whole Oscar-security-worker-wages-protest thing.

Storm Trooper Minions ProtestFor anyone who missed it last month, security workers charged with keeping big-ticket events like the Academy Awards safe were receiving very low wages. So low, in fact, that a single red-carpet ballgown often out-valued their annual salaries.

The (not-as-self-evident-as-one-might-assume) point was made that if we want to safeguard expensive dresses (let alone the talented actors who wear them), we might want to pay our security staff a more reasonable wage.

Anyway, Husband suggested that this same problem occurs regularly in our scifi and fantasy worlds. He suggested that perennial henchmen also suffer from a lack of salary and benefits, causing their job performance to suffer in the meantime. (Would someone PLEASE write or link me to a short story about minion job dissatisfaction?)

Think about it. Job dissatisfaction among minions accounts for:

  • lack of training and self-improvement (“I wonder whether this doom’s day device should be making that sound…”)
  • lack of conviction (“Lower your weapons, guys. No way I’m getting shot for eight bucks an hour.”)
  • lack of pride in performance (“It’s raining. Let’s not check the whole perimeter and alcoves.”)
  • dishonesty (“Do you think we should tell him the princess escaped?” “Naw, I’m sure it’s fine.”)
  • lack of loyalty (“Of course I accept gift certificates to Denny’s as a bribe.”)

Most importantly, this theory accounts for why armies of Storm Troopers seem unable to hit the broadside of a barn. They just aren’t that motivated.

Can anyone think of other minion-fails that can be chalked up to lack of benefits and minimal pay?

Feedly for Writers

FeedlyFeedly is a social media tool fits in the arsenal of almost every writer, from pre-published aspirant to seasoned professional.

Feedly Perks

  • read all your favourite blogs in one central location
  • gather great content that you can share on your social media spaces
  • FREE!

Who Should Use It?

  • writers looking for (free) craft development from industry professionals
  • writers looking for content to share via social media
  • writers who worry that social media is taking / will take up too much of their day
  • writers who want to be updated when their target publications are open for submissions
  • anyone who enjoys reading blogs

Feedly Walkthough

So I’ve recorded a quick tour of Feedly’s coolest features to give you a quick idea what it looks like:

Whether you’re looking to kick-start your social media content, access free writing tips, or dip your feet in the wonderful world of blogging, Feedly might be a great option!

If you’re not sure which blogs to follow, feel free to drop me a line or Tweet. I’m happy to share my hotlist of writer blogs (hmmm, maybe this calls for a top 10 post…).

Likewise, if you’ve found a super blog, please share it in the comments!