Books Research Science Writing

quick links

I’m just back from a conference and still stuck in the post-travel blahs — I was in Richmond at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies and managed to get my flights screwed up by thunderstorms in both directions, sigh — but I wanted to share a few things:

Via my friend Elizabeth Scott (whose lovely Something, Maybe is now in bookstores!), a fascinating link about the cover design process for a new book about Columbine.

A New York Times article about a 40-foot clonal amoeba colony in a cow pasture near Houston.

In other news, I’ve started doing more in-depth research for my new novel idea. There’s nothing quite so giddiness-inspiring as walking around the library collecting an armful of books for a new research topic.


  1. I so agree with you about the delights of research. The Internet is all very well but there’s nothing to compare with browsing in a library and collecting books one by one. I wish there were scented candles with a “library” smell. Not quite the same as a “bookstore” smell, although that’s lovely as well.

  2. Yeah, it’s interesting — I work in a closed-stack special collections library at the moment, and while I think there can be something equally special about waiting at your table in the Reading Room to have your manuscript or rare book delivered to you, people are always thrilled to get a tour of the stacks. (Which do have a lovely smell — except the microfilm storage area, which reeks of vinegar. Heh.)

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