* The Shadow Unit crew launched Season 2 yesterday. Read the first episode here. For those of you just joining in, Shadow Unit is a collaborative online serial. Season 1’s authors – Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Amanda Downum, Will Shetterly, and Emma Bull – are joined by Leah Bobet and Holly Black for the new episodes.
* Alison Kent is over at Genreality talking about critique groups. A good critique partner will do more than tell us our manuscript is pretty; s/he will realize what’s missing and point it out.
* Mary Robinette’s latest column at AMC is about teens in fantasy films.
* Donna Ball (with her brand new book, A Year on Ladybug Farm, coming out tomorrow) posted a recipe for Bridget’s Shrimp and Grits, a low country dish a la one of the main characters in the book. The only time I ever had grits — at the Moonlight and Magnolias convention when they dared this Yankee to partake, I admit I wasn’t ensared. That was just with sugar and cream, though. Maybe the bacon and shrimp would make it worth another shot.
* An interview with Anne Bishop on Darwin’s Evolutions. Anne’s new book, The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels, Book 7), hits the shelves tomorrow as well.
* Jay Lake’s window on how friendships and writing mentorships operate in the competitive venue of the pursuit of publication – and how some go bad, while others bring strength and growth.
* Ken Scholes’ is participating in the B&N Book Club bulletin board and answering questions from readers for the month of March in honor of the release of his debut novel, Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak).