links for 2009-10-02

  • "Welcome, Cville Wrimos! This year Charlottesville has its very own region, two MLs, a UVA liaison (MoonbeamDreamer), a glorious writing space, planned events, and, of course, all the social media you need to keep track of your fellow wrimos, write-ins, and meet-ups!"

    Charlottesville is ramping up for NaNoWriMo — it's not too soon to get excited!

  • "Earlier this year AbeBooks asked you to identify your most depressing reads and you came up with some desperately bleak books. There was nuclear fallout, the Holocaust, government oppression, poverty, mental illness and the savage nature of humanity itself, and that was just the tip of the iceberg…."

    I've read five of the ten bleakest, and maybe that's all I ought to read. Via BookBalloon.com

  • "Keen readers may recall that a few months ago I participated in a local, impromptu pie competition and was named the Best Piemaker in Charlottesville. Shortly after that competition, the people who put it together decided that they couldn't let well enough alone, so a competition was born. This time, instead of being a quick little 2-week thing, it was to be a proper competition, with fancy things like "more than two competitors" and "proceeds being donated to charity" and the like."

    Explication of the scoring rubric follows. I feel much more confident about being a PieFest judge after reading this — these points of data will make a beautiful line!

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