I’ve been remiss in providing you with Otherwhere links for quite some time now. The problem is not that I don’t have enough, it’s that I have too many. And when I start to corral them, I get overwhelmed. Okay. Deep breath. Here we go (and forgive me if they are not in any particular order):
Okay, I could go on…and on…and on. But my cats are begging me to feed them and besides, this ought to be enough to keep you busy for awhile, no? Do weigh in on what you’re looking at on the web in the comments.
It has come to my attention that next weekend is Memorial Day. Could somebody please tell me how that happened? And, though summer doesn’t officially start until after the solstice, we all know that Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of long, lazy days, right? Well, if someone could show me a universe in which adults actually got to enjoy long, lazy days I’d move there in a nanosecond. In the meantime, how about some fun links to peruse in those stolen moments of your busy, crazy days? Here goes:
In honor of upcoming workshops I’m teaching, here’s some Oregon Coast porn (there’s still a few spots left in my Sitka workshop) and France porn (one spot left, but we have someone seriously interested so act now if you are, too).
That’s all I’ve got for author blogs (though I feel like I’m forgetting a couple of obvious ones that I read). Do you have any that you read? What I like in an author blog is getting a glimpse into their life, besides stuff about their books. I don’t mind some self-promotion because, duh, that’s the point, but I do like a bit more than just marketing. Share your favorites in the comments.
Yes, Toto. As in, the song Africa. Maybe you have to be a certain age to appreciate that song. Or maybe not, because the tune is lilting and ubiquitous. Anyway, you’ll have to scroll down to find out what I’m talking about.
Lots going on lately, as in many great links, and I’ve not been good about doing this post regularly. So here goes:
Okay, you have diligently looked over all my links and now here is your reward–a link to the band Toto singing their huge hit from the 80s, Africa. No, wait! Because I love you SO much, I’m going to embed the video in this post. You don’t even have to click away to view it! (And let me give thanks to Kay over at Mason-Dixon knitting, whose post this morning originally reminded me of this song.) You know you want to watch it.
Okay, basta! Here’s my very important question: if I were to start a Facebook group (that might or might not be closed, I’m not sure), would you be interested in joining it? I’ve long been pondering a way for my loyal commenters and others to have an easier way to talk to each other. Thoughts? What are your positive/negative experiences with such groups? And while we’re at it, what is the secret to life? (Kidding about that last one–unless you have the answer.)
Yeah, the title has nothing to do with the content of this post, but everything to do with how I’m feeling. It is a perfect spring day in Oregon and here are some of the great links I’ve read this past week, or maybe a little longer.
Happy leap day! Are you leaping about, as I’ve seen so many people doing on Instagram? (We humans are nothing if not predictable.) Or perhaps you are still recovering from the looooong Academy Awards show last night?
I’m actually doing neither. Instead I’m sitting by the TV set, which is tuned to Doc McStuffins, with the most adorable three-year-old girl child on the planet avidly watching it as I write this. Okay, I may be watching it some, too. Its one of my favorite kid shows.
So, while certain miniature people are distracted, here are the links I’ve gathered this week:
What a great weekend. Debbie and I did our publishing workshop with a terrific group of writers and on Sunday I met with my cousin and his wife to discuss fun projects. And today, Monday, I’ve heard from my agent that the rewrite I submitted last week is off to the editor and long-lost students are returning, and it feels like things are happening again.
I’ve got some good links for you, too. Such as:
Write your novel fast. As discussed at our publishing workshop this weekend, if you write 1,000 words a day (which is not a particularly fast pace), at the end of two months you’ll have 60,000 words, which is a novel in many genres. Another month, and you’ve got 90,000 which is women’s fiction/literary fiction range. See? You can do it speedily, if you set a steady pace.
I had the most glorious Valentine’s Day yesterday because I mostly did nothing except read all day. (I got deeply engrossed in Heft, by Liz Moore, which I HIGHLY recommend. Just finished it this morning. A beautiful, touching book.) I didn’t worry about work (the rewrite is finished, but I need to read it over and see how it works), or people coming over, or babysitting a grandchild, or anything. I cannot tell you how rare this is–and how appreciated.
I actually think there are a couple reasons why I don’t do this more often. 1. because its just not possible, and 2. because when I do do it I like it so much I’m afraid I’m going to sink into sloth forever more. Thus, I am back at my computer this morning with a collection of links for you.
That’s it, that’s all I’ve got. And now, since my hub has a holiday today, we’re off to eat fries at my neighbor’s restaurant and poke around one of Portland’s once-funky, now quickly gentrifying neighborhoods.