This is a living list, always incomplete yet always growing richer and deeper. If you have an addition to suggest or see something that doesn’t come up to your expectations, let me know by leaving a comment here. I welcome your input.
You’ll find dozens of free guides and exercises on the mechanics of writing at the Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
Grammar Girl is “Your friendly guide to the world of grammar, punctuation, usage, and fun developments in the English language.” Her podcast (links on her page) is short and always fun listening for word geeks.
The Chicago Manual of Style online is the authoritative, trusted source that writers, editors, and publishers turn to for guidance on style and process. Like Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, there is limited use for free.
Rainbow Romance Writers develops and promotes excellence in LGBT romance fiction. RRW opens doors for authors and readers.
LGBT Romance Publishers
There are some amazing reads at Dreamspinner Press. They offer quite a variety of genres with LGBT characters, from SF to Christian to Young Adult and more.
Places Jude Finds Interesting (he’s a geek)
Hack your life at Lifehacker. Productivity tips and tricks to downloads for all platforms, money-saving strategies, and clever uses for household items. It’s you, only smarter, faster, cooler, and better. Here's a great place to start: Hack Your Life in One Day: A Beginner's Guide to Enhanced Productivity.
The best burrito in the U.S.? Senate races in the midterm election? The end of an era for men’s tennis? Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight makes it all clear with hard stats that are actually fun to read. Not a typo there. Really.
Daring Fireball is John Gruber, one of the smartest tech writers going today. Insights on Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and more. Plus he likes James Bond and fine bourbon. Great thoughts and a fun podcast each week.
LGBT Life Resources
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans with more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide
The It Gets Better Project exists to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
The Modern Gay Guide to Life is the world’s first premium gay lifestyle blog. From identity to style, music to current affairs, travel to social, it covers all facets of 21st century gay life with an intelligent and satirical twist.