I love the internet! In fact, I don't even pretend to be able to function without it. I mean, sure I could technically go without it for awhile...but I could also theoretically go without food for a couple weeks. Why would I want to?
So in honor of the Fourth and because I'm personally celebrating the internet today, here are a few links from our cabinet (i.e., Favorites bar) to yours. First the writerly ones, 'cause we're all pretending to be back to work today. Here's a link to John Brown's truly excellent discussion of suspense and what makes a story compelling. First Page Panda has some great examples of how to pull that off in the first page, not to mention plenty of teasers to give you the must-go-spend-on-Amazon itch. And while we're on the writing kick, here's a youtube of an informative chat where Martha Alderson of Blockbuster Plots talks about the importance of setting. Most of these links were new to me, but they've got some great stuff for writers!
Another cool link, because this is the Cabinet after all, is this one to Archaeology in Europe. Go check it out, and see if you don't finally click away hours later with your head full of ideas!
Lastly but certainly not leastly, I'm including this youtube of a backyard firework show that's truly stupendous. Can you believe this was put on by 'amateurs?' And all from one fuse! Thanks to my bro-in-law Dave for the fireworks link, and to Pat Esden for the rest, and happy internet surfing, erm, I mean, working Wednesday, everyone!