Video Find of the Day: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Advice on Writing

I stumbled across today’s Video Find of the Day a few days ago during a writing break, and found that I could really relate what Coates says about the writing process being about failure. If you’ve ever gotten frustrated with your writing, dear readers, you need to check out this video.

Double Video Find of the Day: Game of Thrones-1995 Style & Game of Hearts

Well, I finished A Feast For Crows, and all I’ll say is this: FINALLY. Even though it was a good 200 pages shorter than A Storm of Swords, it felt like it took forever and a day to get to the last page. To make matters worse, when I did finally get to that last page instead of having the same “oh my god WHAT?! NO WAY!” response I had with A Storm of Swords, I just went “…huh?” I’m sure it will all play out later in the series, and there was a satisfying moment several chapters earlier, but overall I was underwhelmed. That said, I have heard very good things about A Dance With Dragons, so I’m eager to shake off the disappointment I’m feeling right now with A Feast For Crows and get cracking on that one!

Anywho, even though I’m more than a little disappointed with this book, I do still love the series, so in honor of Game of Thrones I have not one, but *two* very, very funny videos re-imagining Game of Thrones as a 90s TV show and as a romantic comedy, respectively. Each is quite short, so be sure to check them both out. Enjoy!

Video Find of the Day: Gilbert Gottfried Reads 50 Shades of Grey

In honor of last week’s announcement that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively, I give you what is arguably the most successful book trailer ever to hit Youtube: Gilbert Gottfried reading from E. L. James’ bondage romance/Twilight fanfiction, 50 Shades of Grey.

For those readers who were unaware that this was a thing, yes, people do in fact make trailers about books in order to promote them and increase publicity for the book prior to them hitting the shelves, just like studios do with movies. While more often than not these trailers get lost in the abyss that is Youtube, some of these trailers are very well done and go viral, like the one for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which I personally think is better than the movie trailer for the adaptation). And even though this Jest Comedy short isn’t technically a book trailer, it is doing the same thing as these trailers—getting the word out that this book exists, and giving readers a sample of some of its “prose” (as those close to me already know, I am not what you would call a fan of this series)—and therefore I consider it acceptable to categorize it as a book trailer.

Without further ado, here is Gilbert Gottfried reading from 50 Shades of Grey. Dear readers, be warned: this is real text (I’ve unfortunately read the book so I can attest to this) from a book of “mommy porn,” so it does get graphic. If that isn’t your cup of tea, do not press Play. Otherwise, enjoy!

Video Find of the Day: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Gaiman on Vision and Brilliance

What happens when two of the most prolific Neils in the world right now get together for a panel on vision and brilliance? Awesomeness, that’s what.

Answering the question “What makes someone visionary and brilliant,” both Neils talk about the importance of doing what you love and how basically the only people who are considered genius are ranked that way because they’re lucky enough to be able to do what they truly love every single day. Neil Gaiman sums it up quite nicely, saying that, “We get to look good because we get to do what we want.” The clip is only 3:22, so be sure to check it out!

Video Find of the Day: Where Good Ideas Come From

Sometimes even the most productive writers need to take a break from the written word and sit down to watch a good old fashioned Youtube video. Now, you could spend this break watching cats chase lasers or foxes jumping on trampolines, and this would be completely acceptable (because who doesn’t like animals being adorable?). Or you could take this time to watch something that inspires you to close the Youtube tab after you’re done and get back to creating.

Today’s Video Find of the Day does just that. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson has been circling the Internet for a few years now as a promotional tool for Johnson’s book “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation,” and offers a fascinating theory on the process of how people have been coming up with creative, innovative ideas over the last few centuries. It’s only four minutes long and applies to writers and non-writers alike, so if you haven’t seen it already be sure to check it out. And if you’ve seen it already, watch it again, if nothing else because the drawings in it are super cool.