This Week in Links 16

 Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week.

Happy New Year! Do you think we'll ever stop saying we live in the future, or is that out of the question since the numbers are just gonna keep getting bigger?

  • To kick off 2014, here's Sir Patrick Stewart mooing in different accents. Begin as you mean to go on and all.
  • TWiL favorite Mac Barnett gives us this guide on how to write a picture bookRhyming is tricky — don’t attempt it unless you are a skilled versifier. It’s awful when a poem for kids doesn’t scan. Because picture books are so often read aloud, if the meter malfunctions or a rhyme doesn’t actually rhyme, it’s a disaster. The parent or teacher ends up looking foolish. [THIS IS SO TRUE.]
  • John Scalzi functionally wrote fanfiction about himself and a variety of British actors. Dude, we know that feel.
  • At Romance Novels for Feminists, Courtney Milan (who we talked about in our last show) discusses how she became a more feminist writerWhy was I accepting this without question? Why was I writing this way? Why was I writing something I didn't believe, and what did it say that I'd internalized something like that enough to regurgitate it without thinking?
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick is rebooting Barbarella this year.
  • Alyssa Rosenberg writes about Will Ferrell, important feministTime and time again, Ferrell’s manly men are tripped up by their own puffery, ruining relationships they didn’t realize they valued until after they’d smashed them, and coasting on privilege that gives them an excuse not to develop skills that would make them better news anchors, better race-car drivers, and better partners and fathers, too.
  • The American Dialect Society's word of 2013 was "because." Because Internet.