I’ve been meaning to post these for ages but then I kept having other, more timely, content to share SO here are a bunch of random things I’ve had bookmarked for so long that I no longer know who directed me to what (most links are from twitter friends, that I can be certain of):
- I have been getting rid of books like nobody’s business. I have been ruthless. I have been discriminating. I feel like a rock star. I feel like a monster. (It’s been a kind of tumultuous process obvs.) This flowchart from Good Books and Good Wine has been a big help: http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com/2013/12/a-brief-guide-to-culling-your-books.html (Also the fact that if I have no other options I can and will throw books out. Nicole and I made a no book buying pact but we’re already making exceptions so I’m not sure how well that’s going to work out.)
- Eleanor Davis says her essay “The Last Bookstore” is fiction. But anyone who has worked in a bookstore will tell you it is surprisingly accurate. Also relevant for library staff.
- Jessica Spotswood has a very insightful post on her blog called “2013: A Learning Year: Managing Expectations” and I urge you all to check it out. I haven’t encountered many people who had a good 2013 (I certainly didn’t) but Spotswood’s post is an honest assessment of how to move forward that is relevant even outside of the writing life.
- In addition to getting rid of books I am making 2014 the year I try to not become a hoarder. Everything is a mess and I’m just feeling a need to get organized. Buzzfeed has that covered with these resolutions.
- I’m allergic to wool. It’s scratchy and gross and I break out a bright red rash if I touch it for too long. I have an impressive scarf collection because I am allergic to one of my own coats. This is fact. If, however, you do not know about wool allergies from personal experience, this article might be of interest: http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingsafety/f/wool_allergy.htm (Fun fact: Lynn Weingarten shared this article with me on Twitter after we started discussing wool, needle felting and allergies.)
- Print books, man. They’re still pretty appealing: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/02/the-print-book-here-to-stay-at-least-for-now/?smid=tw-share&_r=0
- This B & N blog post has some signs you might be living in a YA novel (or, you know, in Scotland as Elizabeth Wein pointed out on Twitter): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/9-signs-you-might-be-living-in-a-ya-novel/
- I use my blog as a sort of writing sample/work experience on my resume. It was also part of my grad school application and countless scholarship apps. This post (via Jennifer Hubert Swan) offers some reasons to keep up a blog which I wholeheartedly support: http://www.profkrg.com/17-reasons-to-keep-blogging