Friday Fare is my “best of” when it comes to Internet links that I’ve read this week. Here are the articles that caught my attention and maybe made me a smarter person this week:
If anyone asks me whether I am going to go down the self-publishing or traditional publishing route, I am honest. I do not know. Hence, I am grateful for articles like this one that give an in-depth look at some of the pros and cons of self-publishing.
I’ve found another late bandwagon in which to jump upon. Mindy Kaling. My God … I’ve only seen a handful of episodes of the US version of “The Office” and I’ve totally missed “The Mindy Project,” but I need to read her autobiography. This Atlantic article has convinced me of it. Why? Because I work my ass off and am hoping to someday reap the success of my efforts. And Ms. Kaling seems to eloquently capture that: “‘There is a certain type of greasy hair that you get only when you are writing with no breaks,’ Kaling confides, telling the story of her creation of The Mindy Project. ‘And I had it, big-time. If I breathed in deeply, I could smell my unwashed scent, and it was intoxicating. It smelled like hard work.'” (As the author of the Atlantic piece said “gross” – but you know what? Totally get it. [Although I think I probably smell more like “lazy-mom-who-works-from-home-and-forgets-to-shower” versus a hard worker. Sorry peeps!])
Not sure if this is a “fun” read, but I like any time when the conundrums of the world can be plotted via chart.
Listening to: Monday found me driving to a 7 AM breakfast with a local politician. Since I didn’t want to take myself too seriously, I kept the CD in my mom-mobile playing. Politics + Muppets Most Wanted “Sequel” song = Reasonable. Tuesday found me the victim of a craptacular pot of coffee, so I soothed my morning by listening to some Don Williams. The rest of the week was a crapshoot of whatever my computer told me to listen to (Bruce Hornsby! Bob Seger! Avett Brothers!).
Reading: I’ve checked out an interesting mix of eBooks from the library lately – “Pastrix” by Nadia Bolz-Weber, “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai, and Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl.” I think my mind will explode from the various perspectives my brain is about to digest. And that sounds marvvy.
Fiction Update: Outlining, outlining, outlining. I sent my BFF a list of goals that I’ve made for the month of September. And finishing the outline for “Dragonfly” will likely be the only one I accomplish (since I’ve already biffed it on unpacking one box a day in the new house.) Priorities, right?
Happy Friday, friends!