Links: Plot Bunnies, Bluegrass, & Dogs

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Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Where did October go? I blinked and – poof! – it’s pretty much November. And that means the holiday season starts to creep up on everyone. For those who dread this particular time of year, I’m with you. So let’s treat this weekly links as a way to find some peace and happiness for a few minutes.

NaNoWriMo is kicking off soon and I’m going to try my hand at it. (I’m very nervous.) However, if you’re needing a kick in the pants plot-wise, All About Romance has some amazing romantic comedy setups that are deserving of ALL THE MOVIES!

Be sure to check out the entire Twitter thread!

Cats get a lot of love here at the Bitchery. But what about dogs? Well, apparently there’s a Facebook page of UPS drivers bonding with neighborhood dogs. A few have even stowed away on UPS trucks to try and get more treats.

For all you history lovers, have you heard of medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris:

Fitzharris has entered a world where women are openly interested in topics that have traditionally been eschewed as too gruesome: taxidermy, true crime, hugely popular podcasts such as My Favourite Murder or Serial. Her contemporaries are also her friends: mortician Caitlin Doughty, who wrote the bestseller Smoke in Your Eyes; Australia’s Pia Interlandi, famed for her shrouds that degrade with corpses. But Fitzharris is less than surprised by the phenomenon. “It’s funny that we think it is weird because in the past, women were the caretakers of the dead and dying,” she says. “When you went home from hospital to die, women took care of you. When you died, women washed you, dressed you, dealt with the physical reality of death. Now we’re seeing women reclaim these areas and we think it is weird because it is gruesome. Hell, in the Bible, Mary went to wash Jesus’s corpse.”

Not only does Fitzharris have a book out, but she also has a YouTube series, which I’ve been watching over the last few days.

Cool romance comic Kickstarter alert!

Zara is pretty sure her dream lover, a non-binary assassin named Aderes, is just that: a dream. A delightful figment of her imagination that comes to visit every night as she sleeps — no doubt conjured up due to a distinct lack of a social life and way too many long days spent at the barre trying to hold on to her spot in the ballet company.

But when strange occurrences in her dreams start to have real world consequences, and once pleasant dreams twist into nightmares, Zara realizes that the line separating her waking and sleeping life might be blurrier than she thought…

The cover art is also done by one of my favorite artists, Jen Bartel. I have a couple of her prints hanging on my wall.

I’m a huge fan of cover songs and if you are too, let me introduce you to Pickin’ On! It’s a YouTube channel that does bluegrass covers of popular songs. So far, they’ve done classic rock, country hits, and 80s songs.

This might be my current favorite:

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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