WANAFriday: friday funnies

I haven’t done these blog prompts in a while (see my last post for why), but today’s is too easy not to miss (plus, it was my idea, so…).

Besides we can all use a chuckle at the end of our work week, right?

Period Speech, from xkcd:

Period Speech

Updated with links to other friday funnies:


Friday Fun: Pacific Rim Trailer

Guys, guys! Have you seen this?

Alien invaders! Giant robots! *swoooon*

Now, story-wise this might be a pretty pathetic movie (*cough*Transformers*cough*), but I’d go just for the special effects. And the robots. Must not forget the robots.

via SF Signal

newsletter, plus friday fun video

1. I recently moved my email subscriber list from Feedburner to MailChimp. Let me know if you have any problems with the way the posts are showing up in your Inbox. And, as always, it’s easy to unsubscribe if you need to–and I promise never to share your email addresses or spam you in any way. You get no more than what you signed up for.

2. If you look at the sidebar on the right, you’ll find that you can now sign up for my newsletter. This is a low-frequency newsletter that goes out only when I have a new release, along with a Smashwords coupon code. I haven’t decided if I should do any newsletter-exclusive content–maybe a free short story once in a (very great) while? What do you think? What do you like in an author newsletter?

Once again, I respect your privacy and will never share your email address with any other person or entity, or spam you.

3. Check out this fan-made parody trailer of a non-existent Magic School Bus movie. Carlos, Dorothy Ann, Arnold and the rest have grown up and moved on from their crazy adventures with Miss Frizzle.

But the Magic School Bus has one last field trip in store for them…


interview and music video

Two things:

1. I’m over at Ellen Gregory’s blog today, talking about Rainbird, the fantasy genre, and some of my recent favorite reads.

2. One voice, one violin, one soundtrack:


spectacular solar flare images

NASA’s Solar Dynamic’s Observatory captured this cool shot of a long filament of super-heated plasma erupting from the sun.


And here’s the same eruption, captured in different wavelengths of light.


Any of these images would make great cover art for the right science fiction novel. The raw explosive power shown here is scary-awesome.