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!
Jamie Wallace: Today’s post will be slightly abbreviated because I write these in real time and this week has been, for those of us in North America, a bit of a doozy with the holiday and all.
As I write this, I am steeling myself for what I anticipate will be a VERY cold riding lesson at the stable this morning. I’m desperately trying to remember where I last saw my long johns because I’m pretty sure I’m going to need them. I wonder if those hand warmers from last winter are still any good …
For those of you celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope your day was full of love, laughter, and all your favorite traditions. To everyone everywhere – happy official start to the holiday season. I hope everyone stayed safe and sane during yesterday’s Black Friday insanity.
What I’m Writing:
I did a quick “thank you” post over at Suddenly Marketing. Though Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. was a “shorty,” it came very much from the heart. I am so grateful each and every day for the amazing support I have received from friends, family, colleagues, and clients. I am especially thankful for the “magic” of the Internet and social media. Though others often doubt the authenticity of “online” friendships, I have come to know that the bonds we share in our digital world are every bit as genuine as the ones we share in the “real” world. In fact, we are sometimes more honest and open online than in face-to-face interactions. The Internet gives us the chance to share, perhaps, more than we might in a casual coffee shop meeting or even an intimate dinner.
In other spaces, I had a feature about our local Council on Aging’s knitting club published in the local paper. I had a wonderful time visiting the “little old ladies” of this feisty group. Unfortunately, the piece is not available online, so I can’t share it here; but I’ll just say that spending time with these hardy and generous old birds (they wouldn’t mind that moniker at all) was a privilege and I’m glad that my writing assignment landed me at their door.
What I’m Reading:
As I mentioned in my post from earlier this week, Getting Over the Guilt of Abandoning a Book, I had a couple of false starts in the reading category this week. After kicking those two books to the curb, I finished the wonderful East (affiliate link) by Edith Pattou. I loved having the chance to once again get lost in a good story. Though my reading appetites are eclectic, to say the least, I will always have a special place in my heart for the kinds of stories – fantasies and fairytales – that first sparked my love of reading.
And let’s not forget the blogs. Here are a few of my favorite writerly posts from this week:
- One Word That Can Change Your Freelance Writing Career by @littlezotzwrite via @DIYwriting
- Writers in Bed – Can’t Tun Off the Brain by @nicholebernier via @BTMargins … I’ve been there and done that!
- The WordPress Plug-ins I Can’t Live Without by @JaneFriedman
- Pay Proper Attention to Your Bio by @JaneFriedman via @WriterUnboxed … something I’m always talking to clients about – SO important!
- Creativity and the Aging Brain by @PatrickRWrites – Big “phew!” on this one 🙂
- Make Art. Because We Need You To. by the beautiful and inspiring @AmyPalko … be sure to listen to this one.
- Holy Terrors! Why Finding Your Voice Will Unleash Your Success by @WritersonFire
- “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” — Albert Einstein by @mikaelcho on the myth of brainstorming
Finally, a quote for the week:
Because during the happy insanity of the holidays, we all need a little reality check to bring us back to the simple magic of writing.
Thanks, as always, for being here and sharing a little corner of your Saturday with me. Nice to “see” you. Stay warm and cozy & keep writing!
Jamie Lee Wallace is a writer who also happens to be a marketer. She helps her Suddenly Marketing clients discover their voice, connect with their audience, and find their marketing groove. She is also a mom, a prolific blogger, and a student of the equestrian arts, voice, and trapeze (not at the same time). Introduce yourself on facebook or twitter. She doesn’t bite … usually.