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Busy week, so I’m dropping in with links so I can finally close out some of the million-and-one tabs open on my desktop. They range from serious business to craft to a bit of entertainment.

Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA – This discussion has been going on all over the internet for the last few days and I think it’s important for everyone to be aware. I’m kind of horrified that an agent would make such a request. It’s one thing to ask a writer to work on or change a character because something about them isn’t working within the scope of a story, but another thing entirely to demand they change the character’s sexual preference. I think it’s especially important for teenagers to be able to find diversity in what they read so that everyone has characters with whom they can identify at a time of life when they’re struggling to discover who they are.

9 Ways of Looking at a Single Paragraph – Interesting and thought-provoking.

Anthony Bourdain to Acquire Books for Ecco – This just amuses me somehow.

Grift Magazine to Debut in 2012 – For you fans (and writers) of crime fiction.

Mysterious Paper Sculptures in Edinburgh – These are simply lovely and fascinating.