Saturday Edition: What we’re writing and reading

Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading in which we share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.

We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.

Happy writing! Happy reading! 

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headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: My week was off-kilter this week. At noon on Monday, my daughter’s school called to let me know that my peanut was sitting in the nurse’s office feeling crappy. Luckily, it turned out to be “just” a cold, but she wound up being home on the couch until Thursday morning. Even though she’s a good egg and able to keep herself occupied with books and drawing and (yes) some TV, I still find that my mommy radar kicks into high gear and I have an awful time focusing on my work.

Because of this, I decided to spend most of my time on administrative tasks because I could do that despite constant interruptions for ginger ale, cough drops, and tea. Sometimes, you just have to surrender to your situation.

What I’m Writing:

TOotH_131024This week, I can share a piece I wrote about a local composer and the world premiere of his latest piece by our local “community orchestra.” Though I’m definitely still honing my interviewing skills, I really enjoyed talking to the composer. Being able to get an inside look at his creative process was fascinating. I only had about 800 words to work with, so the hardest part was deciding what to include and what to leave out. I’m learning a lot from Lee Gutkind’s book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction–from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between (affiliate link). I can’t wait to start putting his knowledge to work for myself!

banksy boothI also posted on my marketing blog. How to Charge More (And, Have Happier Customers) is a post inspired by a pretty amazing experiment that an artist performed on the streets of New York. The story is an excellent illustration of why branding (something I’m passionate about) is SO important – especially in our world of information overload.

As artists, writers need to not only attract attention, but create value around their work. Brand is how you do that. Brand is how you connect with your readers and create meaning around your work – meaning that makes your writing more valuable to them than someone else’s writing.

What I’m Reading:

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The only book I finished this week is the one I was reading to my daughter for bedtime, Paddington (affiliate link) by Michael Bond.

I definitely have a soft spot for British bears. I adore Winnie-the-Pooh, and Paddington is a close second. It’s been so long since I’ve visited the Brown family and enjoyed adventures with this young bear from Darkest Peru. It’s nice to be back. And, even better, it’s so much fun to hear my daughter laughing out loud at these innocent and charming stories.

pull of the moon FGPI did also absolutely revel in a gorgeous essay by Meredith Fein Lichtenberg on my new, favorite online literary magazine, Full Grown People. In The Pull of the Moon, Lichtenberg writes about the irrepressible and unceasing tides of parenting. Her language is rich, her metaphors are perfect. I commented on the post, “Beautiful and deep and alluring. You’ve captured the lunacy of motherhood – in it’s coziest sedation. And then you turn the tables on us with your wild ride. Exhilarating!” (Image Credit: Gina Kelly)

And let’s not forget the blogs. Here are a few of my favorite writerly posts from this week:

And last, but certainly not least, a great video from @wdbk – Inspiring Authors:

Finally, a quote for the week:

pin the book you want

And … that’s all she wrote … for now. 😉 

See you on the other side! 

24 thoughts on “Saturday Edition: What we’re writing and reading

  1. I loved the video too. May have to play it every morning this week and I’m going to scrawl COURAGE across my office wall!
    I really identify with the poorly kids at home. My two have been mildly ill and mildly injured over the last few weeks and I find it impossible to block them out. But that’s how it should be, isn’t it?
    And Paddingon Bear? I loved these books when I was little too. 🙂

    • Yes, that is how it should be. I always try to retain perspective by remembering that one day in the not-too-distant-future I’ll be missing the days of having her curled up on the couch in the next room.
      Happy to meet another Paddington fan. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by for a visit.

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