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How to Write a Spy Novel: Various Resources from Around the Web

How to Write a Spy Novel: Various Resources from Around the Web

Here is a collection of resources for writing spy novels that I collected with I took a break this spring from NaNoWriMo madness to try something new. Fresh from reading Olen Steinhauer’s Milo Weaver trilogy (The Tourist, The Nearest Exit, and An American Spy), all of which I loved, I wanted to try my hand at the classic spy novel. I dove head first into plotting and writing. I didn’t finish. In fact, I didn’t really get much further than a completed outline and some character profiles. Some day I may actually finish my novel about a newly hired spatial analyst working for the diplomatic service in Minsk, Belarus who is plunged into the world of covert intelligence operations when his Ukrainian girlfriend, who turns out to be a foreign agent, tries to murder him. Until then, I have a number of resources I found in the process of putting together my ideas. Maybe they will be useful for you.

Nike’s Football’s New Commercials Are Awesome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XviR7esUvo Ok, so maybe these aren't incredibly new.  In fact, it looks like these are from before the World Cup.  Which sucks just a little bit - I came across these on accident tonight (like a lot of the stuff I post here), and...

Extinction: 100 Years Since Martha

Extinction: 100 Years Since Martha

I remember reading the story in the Scholastic News as a kid - a species of bird so numerous that when it migrated it completely blotted out the sky, sometimes for days.  An abundant species so hounded by hunters that within a human lifespan they were completely gone....

Quote of the Week – Bob Shuster

Quote of the Week – Bob Shuster

“Clean water is not an expenditure of Federal funds; clean water is an investment in the future of our country” -Bob Shuster, U.S. Representative, quoted in Washington Post, 9 January 1987

Adult-sized Plywood Big Wheel Tricycle

Adult-sized Plywood Big Wheel Tricycle

Make has a post featuring Australian Jon Canton's adult-sized plywood Big Wheel tricycle.  After enlarging the dimensions from the kid-sized toy to and adult-sized toy, Canton used a Shopbot desktop CNC to cut out the pieces of the five-foot-long tricycle from 10...

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