Today is International Calm Day, so the Calm app which I’ve been using free for the past month, has unlocked ALL it’s staggering amount of content for meditation for today only. I’ve been pretty pleased with the regular unlocked free content (breathing bubble, unguided meditation, and the wide assortment of beautiful scenes and sounds to meditate to.) I got up early this morning so I’d have plenty of time to try out the premium material. I did the Daily Calm, then the first few days of the 7 Days of Calm, then I listened to some other types of “7 Days of Calm”, specifically for Stress and Anxiety, as well as “Emergency Calm”, the first of the Winnie the Pooh Daily Calm series, Walking Meditation (which I tried out in the backyard because I generaly don’t like walking around with earbuds), and a lovely selection of John Muir’s writings about Yosemite which was one of their “Sleep Stories”. My family is going through a very stressful time right now, so I was not only evaluating how useful the paid features would be to me, but also trying to evaluate how useful they would be to someone who hasn’t practiced meditation before. It seems to me that the paid features would be very good for people who are new to meditation. The approach is secular and the technique is good and well-grounded. There are a lot of options besides the ones I “test-drove” this morning: guided meditations focusing on things like Happiness, Self-Esteem, Sleep, Lovingkindness, Forgiveness, and Commuting (one of the other meditations I listened to also touched on handling the frustrations and tensions of traffic). There’s even meditation for Kids, and Sleep Stories for Kids. Like I said, lots of options. Additionally they have a new “Daily Calm” guided meditation every day for subscribers. I’ve been very pleased with the free options and I think that the stunning amount of material available to subscribers (which is very well-done) would surely be more than worth it for some people. Check out all the goodies free today, April 5th!
Quanta has taken over e-publication of the annual anthology of Campbell award eligible fiction. This free ebook anthology is only available for a limited time every year. Here’s the link. Unfortunately, this year the new publisher requires your name, email address, and agreement to receive whatever email they choose to send in order for you to download the book. I hate all the hoops they make you jump through. They mail the link for download after you sign up rather than providing a direct download. You have to agree to get email you may not want in order to get the book (no opt out option). Presumably you can always unsub if they send you junk. (I really hope so!) On the other hand…Campbell ebook with lots of free SF/F fiction! Multiple format options for download. I chose “other” and it downloaded an epub to my tablet, which when I tapped it immediately uploaded to my Play library, so that worked out well. The anthology is over 1000 pages and the table of contents alone takes up 5 pages: it’s a big book!
Right now — throughout the day — tor.com, is releasing science fiction and fantasy fiction on the theme “Nevertheless She Persisted“. Lots of stories have already dropped, with more to come! If you want more fiction by women throughout the month of March, EscapePod and Podcastle, science fiction and fantasy podcasts respectively, are celebrating women authors with their Artemis Rising series; look for new stories weekly (the first ones are already out)!
Tor.com’s annual ebook fiction anthology, Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2016 edition, is now available for free! I always snag my copy right away so I’m not sure how long it’ll be free. The previous years are reasonably priced, so if you’ve missed some you won’t break your budget. Big anthologies. Good stories!
Mary Robinette Kowal just posted this: Up and Coming. It’s a free anthology of stories by new authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. All are eligible for the John W. Campbell Award. “120 authors, 230 works”! Wow! It’s available in epub or mobi, but only until Mar 31st! I linked to MRK’s blog post rather than the site because it’s a great blog. Give it a browse, add it to your WordPress reader. Oh, yeah, and I’ll be doing a guest post there about my upcoming book on Mar 29th, the release date. 🙂
If you like science fiction and fantasy, and you have an ereader (or app), then fire up those pixels because there are two anthologies you’ll want to grab. Clarkesworld Year Three is only 99 cents for both Nook and Kindle right now! This is a collection from the third year of Clarkesworld magazine and it is excellent! Also, the big free “best of” anthology from tor.com is now available for Nook and Kindle: Some of the Best of Tor.com 2015. I’ve got five years of this free anthology and look forward to it every year, even though I read the stories as tor.com publishes them. (If your personal fav isn’t included, short stories are available as ebook singles.) I don’t know how long these ebooks will be cheap/free, so get Clarkesworld Year Three and Some of the Best of Tor.com 2015 as soon as you can!