Friday, December 2, 2011

Fantastically Fun Fridays: December 2, 2011

I think that it's safe to say that Terri Windling is one of the most influential fantasy authors of today.  Not only has she written wonderful works of her own, such as The Wood Wife, but her "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" anthologies and her founding of the Endicott Studio are unbelievably important in shaping what fans of fantasy think about the genre.  And, as Kat Howard describes on her personal blog, Terri has touched so many people personally as well.

Now, she needs our help.  Due to certain personal circumstances, Terri is in a difficult financial position, and people from all over are donating things for an auction on Terri's behalf.  There are some pretty amazing things up for auction--head over here and check it out!  You could get all your holiday shopping done and help Terri out at the same time--not a bad deal. 

Some of the other fun things we found for you this week:

  • Lots of Doctor Who links today!  First off, here's the trailer for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special entitled "The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe."  So. Exciting. (Blastr)
  • Having trouble falling asleep?  Then check out these videos of some of the cast of Doctor Who reading bedtime stories.  Although maybe having the Master read me a story won't help me fall asleep...(The Mary Sue)
  • What do you need for holiday fun?  A corny holiday sweater--check.  Classic board games like Twister--check.  A Cyberman--umm, check, I guess? (BBC America)
  • Also, if, like me, you were a bit concerned about the news of the Doctor Who movie, this tweet from Steven Moffat will be quite reassuring. (Twitter)
  • How to make a sandwich in 12 different genres.  I think magic realism might be my favorite. (McSweeney's)
  • Ghostbusters meets Ghost in this cartoon. (We Know Memes)
  • Posters of the castles of each of the Seven Kingdoms from GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire.  You can actually donate to this project through Kickstarter, which will get you signed copies of some of these posters--hurry if you're interested, since there are only a few of these reward packages remaining. (Behance/Kickstarter)
  • Nathan Ilten is in good company with his post for us about parallels between the Occupy movement and Harry Potter; Ursula le Guin has written a story called "Ninety-Nine Weeks: A Fairy Tale" that is a provocative read. (Book View Cafe)
Happy December everyone!  And have a great weekend.