- Save the Words (http://savethewords.org/) ~ This great site has a collage of long Latinate uppity words clamoring for your attention. You can sign up to adopt one. I just adopted tortiloquy ~ n. dishonest or immoral speech. As in, He tried to bed me with his tortiloquy. (You’re supposed to use the word in conversation and correspondence as much as possible and, see, I’ve just done it!)
- Free Rice (http://www.freerice.com/) ~ Think you’re pretty smart? Got a honkin vocabulary? Well, you can test it here at this site, while simultaneously donating grains of rice to the World Food Programme. You can stroke your ego while doing good at the same time!
- Samorost 2 (http://amanita-design.net/samorost-2/) ~ What better way to experience narrative than through an adventure game! There’s a free version and then you can sign up and pay just $5 to get the full version. You’re this little guy living on an asteroid, and some evil aliens come to steal pears from you tree and nab your dog at the same time. You have to go save him by figuring out some visual puzzles. A great time waster. (Thanks to the wonderful Kelly Braffet for pointing to this on her site! To see more of her great links, go here: http://www.braffet.com/braffet/links.html.)
- Cliché Finder (http://www.westegg.com/cliche/) ~ Looking for the perfect cliché to include in your WIP? Look no further!
- Yesterday and today on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/), the #tweetyour16yearoldself (and #tweettoyour16yearoldself) hashtags have been hilarious and touching and disturbing all at the same time. Go to twitter and search for these hashtags. It all started by a book from a UK author: Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self by Joseph Galliano.
- The Most Interesting Man in the World (http://www.themostinterestingmanintheworld.net/) and Damn Right (http://www.canadianclubwhiskey.com/) ~ I just love the brilliance of some ad campaigns. These two are so smart and funny, and they both play on the ideas of what it means to be a man. Talk about your narratives.
- World Wide Words (http://www.worldwidewords.org/wordlinks.htm) ~ Do you, like me, read dictionaries and grammar books just for fun?! Here’s a nice comprehensive list by Michael Quinion (though from a British viewpoint).
- Videos related to writers and publishing (http://www.tamaralinse.com/about_me_video.html) ~ Forgive me being self-referential here, but I try to collect word-, writing-, and publishing-related videos on my site. Some are hilarious, some are serious, some are about ideas.
Okay, enough frivolity. I have to get to work!
Questions of the Day: PLEASE PLEASE if you have fun writing sites you go to, let me know in the comments. I’ll add to the list and mention you.