My friend Keffy's short story, "Advertising at the End of the World,"is live at Apex. He workshopped the first version of this at Clarion. It was good then, and it's better now. Subtle, and spare, and haunting, it's an elegant exercise in what restrained prose can do. Also, it's awesome.
It's possible you've seen this already, as it went up a couple of days ago, which is like seven years in Internet-time. But, through careful research, Jim Hines has put together a list of 20 Neil Gaiman Facts. Again, awesome.
I've recently read two excellent debut novels, Amanda Downum's The Drowning City and Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue. Downum creates a wonderful, richly built world that feels unique and new. McGuire writes something that is actually urban fantasy - the fae in the modern city - rather than paranormal romance (which is fine, but is not urban fantasy.) Both novels are full of compelling characters, and poised, polished writing. I'm delighted to see that both are the first books in planned series.
As I've been writing the new novel, I've been nearly constantly listening to cellist Peter Gregson's recording of Thomas Tallis's "Spem in Alium." It is a completely amazing recording of what I think is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.