A few great blogs

Posted: January 17, 2014 in reading
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The end of this week’s got a little bit crazy, so it’s time for another lazy Friday post listing my favourite things. This week, some blogs I’m really enjoying.

Owen W Brown

 For Whom the Gear Turns

You like steampunk, right? Then you’ll like this one. For Whom… features reviews, videos, picture collections and craft ideas on steampunk themes. It’s my favourite blog for going through and pointing excitedly at shiny things.

Creative Writing With The Crimson League

The name of this one surprised me, as I used to play in a completely unrelated Victorian live roleplay campaign also called The Crimson League. But personal nostalgia aside, this is a blog full of regular writing advice with an active community of readers adding their own ideas in the comments. Well worth a look if you’re seeking writing guidance.


More writing advice from another smart cookie. Everwalker and her Raptor are among the people who have kept me mostly sane over the years and who most provoke me to think hard about my views of the world and of writing. Highly recommended.


Blog posts about monsters myths. What more do you want? These pieces are fascinating and well researched. It’s a great resource for fantasy fans and writers.

Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

What, you want more than that title? OK, fine, it’s a blog of obscure and fascinating historical incidents. Great if you love history. Even better if you want odd ideas to throw into your writing or impress people in conversation.

Jane & Bex’s Book Blog

My friend Jane works in a book store, so she gets to see all the latest releases. She and her colleague Bex review the books they read. A lot of the books aren’t my normal thing, which makes it even better for dragging me out of my science fiction and fantasy corner. Who better to advise you on what to read than people who spend their days surrounded by books?

What am I missing?

So there you go – some reading to see you though the weekend.

What other great blogs are out there that I should be reading? Let me know, make some recommendations below.


Picture by Owen W Brown via Flickr creative commons

  1. Thanks for the great list! 🙂

  2. glenatron says:

    Basically non-book-related but I heartily recommend Better Myths as the most crude and hilarious up-to-date retellings of myths from all over the place, with heavy use of all caps and highly inventive swearing. It gave me an idea of how these stories might have actually worked out when a story teller was telling them in front of an audience and playing it for laughs.

    • Thanks dude, that one’s going on the list.

      An increasingly large portion of my reading material is made up of things that you’ve recommended. We clearly both have excellent taste.

  3. Greetings from the professor! Don’t cross off that last one although you are missing one. To have a Punchyish nature is a must; don’t you think? Do you?

  4. Thanks for including me in this post! I am so pleased to be the “shiny things” blog 🙂

  5. Jane Skudder says:

    Gosh. Thank you for the inclusion – I must try to post more often but now I feel I have something to live up to!

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