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Hell Yeah! Worthy: Writing Injuries, DIY Bookshelves, A Commentary On Amazon, and The Truth About Fairy Tale Endings

curated by the Atticus Books staff, Hell Yeah! Worthy is a weekly Friday feature where our staff distills the plethora of scat on the internet into a succinct list of the best you haven’t seen, the best you ignored, and the best you should visit again

Writing Broken
If you’re someone who has only had to go to the emergency room for a sudden bout of pink eye or strep throat, you probably don’t know what dislocated joints, intense burns, and piercings feel like. This is the guide to writing realistic injuries, just in case you were too afraid to jump off the swing set and break your wrist, but your characters aren’t. Tell-it-like-it-is language combined with scientific facts gets the descriptors going. Take broken bones for example: “In general they hurt. A lot. Any character with a broken bone (with the possible exception of the ribs which I’ll come on to in a minute) is going to know about it and not be very happy.” (Abby)

DIY Bookshelves
As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many books–which must also mean you can never have too many bookshelves. Here’s a list of 25 fun do-it-yourself bookshelves (some more doable than others) that will help you store your books in style. I’m especially taken with the “Wall Bookmark Shelf”. Imagine having one right next to your bed: you just flop your current read on there as you doze off and your place is right there waiting for you in the morning. (Magdalen)

The Truth Hurts
Slate’s Farhad Manjoo has a knack for pissing a lot of people off by saying things that are, well, pretty true. His commentary on Amazon recently agreeing to play by the rules when it comes to sales tax sheds a whole new light on the situation. If you thought collecting state sales tax would level the playing field for indie bookstores, think again. (Libby)

A Not-So-Happy Ending
Happy endings have always been something we can count on celluloid to deliver, especially when it comes to our favorite Disney movies. However, if you ever took a peek into what these classic tales looked like before they hit the big screen, you’d be surprised (to say the least) to see how pretty brutal these happy endings originally were. Here’s a list of 7 Disney movies and their true literary endings(Lindsay)

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