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Barb: Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize! As far as I’m concerned, Munro is the Alice Munrogoddess of literary short fiction. Try to analyze what she does. You can’t. Nobody knows how she packs so much story and character into those tiny packages. Here’s the New York Times article. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/books/alice-munro-wins-nobel-prize-in-literature.html?hp&_r=1&

Edith: After that inspiring link from Barb, mine is much more gruesome. But necessary for a writer with a series set on a farm. Hope Clark talks about all the ways someone could die, or be murdered, on a working farm. This is a post I saved. http://chopeclark.com/2013/10/eieio-spells-death/

Sherry: I love interesting words and found this article about weird words. Some days I really wish I had a whiffler. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-forsyth/weird-phrases_b_4018105.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News

Liz: I’m proud to call Emerson my graduate school. This present grad student, Lauren Kay Johnson, is the winner of this year’s Glamour magazine personal essay contest about coming home from Afghanistan and trying to re-adapt to life.

Jessie: I’m certain this isn’t a new link for any of the Wickeds and possibly not for many of our readers but I wanted to give a shout out to National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, which takes place in November each year. If you’ve ever thought about writing a novel yourself why not seize the day?

Wicked Wide Web- World Wide Wicked Links

We’re sharing our favorite conferences today! Of course, our very favorite conference of all is the New England Crime Bake. Not only is it our “home” conference, it is supportive, friendly and exceptionally well organized. 

Liz:  It’s not a traditional conference, but Seascape Writers Retreat should definitely be on any crime writer’s list. With mentors Roberta Isleib, Hallie Ephron and Hank Phillippi Ryan cheering you on, it’s impossible to fail – and you get to have a great time along the way.

Seascape 2009

Seascape 2009

Some of the best friendships I’ve made in a long time were thanks to Seascape (right, Sherry and Edith?)

Jessie: I am a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction and have always wanted to visit Iceland. So, I was delighted to discover this year marks the first Icelandic Festival of Crime in Reykjavik. It will feature one of my favorite modern crime writers, Arnaldur Indridason.

Edith: I traveled to my birthplace in June for the California Crime Writers’ Conference, which takes place every other year. Pasadena. The San Gabriel San Gabriel MountainsMountains glowing purple after sunset. And a whole crew of mostly west coast crime and mystery writers. It was well-organized (hat tips to fellow Sisters in Crime Jeri Westerson and Diane Vallere this year), well populated, and the reception outside under palm trees? Very, very nice.

And yes, Liz, totally agree. Plus, Seascape is partly responsible for getting us here! Jessie, are you GOING to Iceland for that conference?

Barb: The Key West Literary Seminar features a different genre every January–from food writing to humor to historical fiction to poetry. This year happens to be Crime Fiction. So since my husband and I have a connection to Key West, and a connection to crime fiction, that’s where you’ll find us.

Julie: We’ve already talked about how much we love Malice on this blog. I’ve always wanted to go to the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. At some point in the next few years I am going to make it happen. One of the best vacations I ever took was going to the Oxford Experience, and spending a week living in Christ Church, and studying the Oxford Murders (Morse, Sayers, etc.) England is a breeding ground for mystery writers and fiction. Second only to New England. 😉

biltmore-overlooking-pool-pic-for-webpage-1Sherry: I’ve mentioned it before but the Florida International University Writers Conference is amazing. Like Seascape this conference focuses on the craft of writing. The faculty is from FIU’s MFA Creative Writing department. They also invite guest faculty and this year that includes Dennis Lehane!

Readers: What’s your favorite mystery conference? For fans? For writers? Most of us are off to Bouchercon later this week. Will we see you there?

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tireOur favorite articles you may have missed!

Jessie: I was tickled by this article about the world’s largest tire manufacturer. I bet you will be surprised at who it is!

Edith: Some research I have been doing for Farmed and RoundupDangerous (and yes, that’s the title for Local Foods book three – don’t you love it?). More scary than wicked…

necklaceCALDER-570Sherry: I love yard sales and flea markets and who doesn’t hope to find a treasure that you buy for $15, wear a few times and then realize its worth $300,000!

Liz: I’ve been doing a lot of thought leadership in my new day job, and I love to research best practices and new thinking online. I came across a great blog this week and especially enjoyed this article about thought leadership facilitating conversations.

Barb: Ray Daniel posted this link to an article by Chuck Palahniuk saying it neatly summarized the ideas that recently jumped his writing to the next level. I agree it’s a great article. (Also, as one of Ray’s editors at Level Best Books, completely agree he is writing at a whole new, and exciting level.)

Julie: “25 Steps to Being A Traditionally Published Author: Lazy Bastard Edition” on the Terrible Minds blog. Great, great post.

Readers: What’s your worldwide wicked link?