► Kindle books can now be loaned out to friends. Sounds a bit complicated, but I don't have a Kindle, so what do I know?
► Are you a fan of Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns)? His KH Foundation has accomplished so much for the people of Afghanistan. Find out more and sign up for the newsletter here.
► This writer learned a lot by not accomplishing a recent writing goal.
►The Pub Crawl at Beyond the Margins lists upcoming book publishing dates for fiction and literary nonfiction, and useful links for each. A great place for authors to publicize their impending pub dates, as well as for book and writing bloggers interested in covering those authors/books.
►Interesting thoughts from Nicola Morgan on voice.
► Tweet much? The old Twitter is fading out and you'd best be ready to deal with the new format and functions. Some good tips here.
► Speaking of Twitter, the hashtag #litresolution is serving up an interesting stream of tweets. I like this one myself: "@Deborah Freedman In 2011, I am determined to eat less chocolate per word written."
►Do you make notes in the margins of the books you read? Sam Anderson does, and he shared 12 examples in his installment of The Millions' Year in Reading series of posts by noteworthy literary folks.
► The Writer's Digest Conference is scheduled for Jan 21-23 in Manhattan.
►I admire people who forge a writing life when everything else in their life seems to suggest otherwise -- like the cop a few towns over from where I live, who's written critically acclaimed books about Frank Sinatra, Phil Ramone and the Beach Boys. I knew of him for a while, and loved writing this feature about him.
► Finally, one for fun: Don't let your teenagers grow up to be writers (video), and the lovely Laura's year-end round-up over at Pimp My Novel.
Have a great weekend and a fabulous 2011. I recommend all writers opt for fear in the new year.