Today’s links

My favorite links of today, things you should really read or look at.

Because they’re good.

Maggie Stiefvater’s Seven steps to starting a novel. Maggie Stiefvater had me with her Kraken video, even before I knew of her books. There’s nothing there you probably haven’t heard before, but I always enjoy Stiefvater’s sense of humor, and found it a fun prod in the direction of actually getting something written already.

World of Afar by Ben Powis A gorgeous little webcomic, taking the form of serial short stories set in a colorful, fantastic world. Some things are so beautiful and creative that they make me want to get working myself, and this certainly is.

Orbit Books has some fascinating charts tracking trends in fantasy cover art. They’re taking things apart, assessing everything from typical dragon colors to most popular words included in title (for some reason that one’s not in their chart section). Perfect for the infographic/fantasy geek intersectional crowd.

Did you know that Keith Thompson is selling prints of some of his illustrations for Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan? It’s true, and they’re extremely pretty.