how not to cook a wolf

2014-02-12 08.27.35

Holy shit, THREE KINGDOMS is starting to go full Westeros on me. (Not pictured: The part where they talk about how losing wives and children is like losing clothes, but losing “brothers” [-in-arms] is like losing a limb.)

NB: Liu Xuande is the big damn hero of this story, as I understand it.

links 2/14/13

Posted mostly so I can close the tabs.

Joe Konrath’s Amazon numbers
Joe Konrath on how to sell ebooks
Instapaper for iPhone. Worth $3.99?
The Agency Group
The OnyxHawke Agency
Seth Roberts: What happens if I stop grading?
Seth Roberts: Giving students freedom
CJ Lyons on traditional and/vs self-publishing
Jane Friedman: Best business advice for writers in 2013
WITT (Hanson & Bauer, 1989)
Pat Rothfuss interview on BlogTalkRadio
RED PHONE BOX Kickstarter

AISFP 35: Michael Moorcock
AISFP 43: Jeff VanderMeer
AISFP 54: Kelly Link & Lou Anders
AISFP 86: Eddie Schneider
AISFP 106: Guy Gavriel Kay
AISFP 113: Writing Excuses


I waited until almost noon to go shopping, which was stupid, since New Jersey is apparently due for the Rapture in a day or two and no one wants to meet Jesus without a gallon of bottled water in each fist. I had to hit two supermarkets, since Whole Foods was out of white flour and unsalted butter; I guess where Shop-Rite shoppers prefer to buy bread in preparation for epic weather, hippies prefer to bake their own? (Note: This was actually my plan as well, so really I’m just annoyed that the early-rising hippies got there first.) Anyway, Trader Joe’s had both, although they were pretty much cleared out of bottled water.

Or so I thought. But, as I headed over to check out, I realized there was an entire wall full of beer. Which got me thinking: If you’re worried about being trapped without power and running out of food and water, isn’t beer pretty much the philosopher’s stone? It is essentially bottled water fortified with carbohydrates and probiotics. I think Guinness even has some protein. It may not be the perfect food, but I bet it goes toe to toe with Wonder Bread on nutritional grounds, and you could probably add a good bit of omega-3 before you noticed a change in the taste. It seems like this is a marketing coup waiting to happen.

Needless to say, this insight was enough to add a six-pack of Tripel Horse to my basket before I got in line.