Writer’s Weekend Resources – Reading and Writing Links

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Paper lantern lit by the sun just before dusk #night #magic #light

Last weekend’s autumn “Illumination” festival didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was lovely, nonetheless. Despite conscientious testing, floating the paper lanterns on the river atop mini inner tube rafts was a concept that had to be abandoned the morning of the event. Mother Nature was kicking up a bit of a breeze, and it turns out that paper lanterns are built to sway in the wind, not withstand it. Structurally, they just couldn’t hold up against even a gentle air current.

So, instead of sending the lanterns out onto the water, we hung them in the trees along the riverside path that was the main thoroughfare for festival goers. The effect was lovely. More than one person commented that it looked like a fairyland come to life. Just goes to show that even when something doesn’t quite turn out as you’d hoped, there is still beauty and magic to be found.

_jamie sig

 

 


 My Favorite Blog Reads for the Week:

CRAFT

PUBLISHING & MARKETING

INSPIRATION

THE WRITING LIFE


book-productivity-for-creativesSundry Links and Articles:

I’m a longtime reader of the Lateral Action blog, so I was delighted to come across author Mark McGuinness’ post, Get My New Book FREE: Productivity for Creative People. In the post, McGuinness describes the book as follows:

The book is designed to help you take advantage of the benefits of our hyper-connected society, while staying true to your creative path.

It’s a distillation of my writings on creativity and productivity over the past decade, here at Lateral Action and elsewhere, plus brand new material and a structure that will help you redesign your working week for maximum creativity and minimum drudgery:

  1. Laying the Foundations – making big-picture decisions about your priorities and working practices
  2. Doing Creative Work – in spite of the demands and distractions of 21st century life
  3. Dealing with the Rest – in a timely and professional manner

All the ideas have been extensively road-tested – in my own life as a writer and coach, and in the lives of the hundreds of creative pros I’ve coached over the past 20 years.

I haven’t read it yet, but I have downloaded it and am very much looking forward to sitting down with Mark’s words and a mug of tea.

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messy-nessy-chicIf you’re looking for a little visual inspiration, you may want to check out You’ve Never Seen 1930s & 40s America Like This from @messynessychic. This collection of more than 1,600 color slides from the Library of Congress provides an intimate and almost surreal look at life in America in the 1930s and 40s. From still life compositions to portraits and candid shots, these images offer a feast of story inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorites complete with the captions from Messy Nessy Chic:

At the Vermont state fair, Rutland, “backstage” at the “girlie” show, Sept 1941, photographed by Jack Delano

At the Vermont state fair, Rutland, “backstage” at the “girlie” show, Sept 1941, photographed by Jack Delano

Commuters, who have just come off the train, waiting for the bus to go home, Lowell, Mass, 1941 Jan, photographed by Jack Delano

Commuters, who have just come off the train, waiting for the bus to go home, Lowell, Mass, 1941 Jan, photographed by Jack Delano

Children on row house steps, Washington, D.C, between 1941 and 1942, photographed by Louise Rosskam

Children on row house steps, Washington, D.C, between 1941 and 1942, photographed by Louise Rosskam

Finally, a quote for the week:

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Here’s to being dangerous.  
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Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content writer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian arts, and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Introduce yourself on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.

This post originally appeared on the Live to Write – Write to Live blog.
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8 thoughts on “Writer’s Weekend Resources – Reading and Writing Links

  1. Glad your lanterns turned out nicely anyway. Great weekend resource: I downloaded the “productivity” ebook and just love the idea of being a Dangerous Person, how inspiring and energizing 🙂

  2. Jamie #HUGSS

    Aah…how I wish we could meet. Your resilience, intelligence, and perseverance are SUPREMELY inspiring #HUGS

    Thank you for your stories, your links, and your love…
    Kitto

  3. Reblogged this on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning" and commented:
    OCTOBER 2, 2016 / SUDDENLY JAMIE (@SUDDENLYJAMIE)
    illumination-lantern
    Paper lantern lit by the sun just before dusk #night #magic #light

    Last weekend’s autumn “Illumination” festival didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was lovely, nonetheless. Despite conscientious testing, floating the paper lanterns on the river atop mini inner tube rafts was a concept that had to be abandoned the morning of the event. Mother Nature was kicking up a bit of a breeze, and it turns out that paper lanterns are built to sway in the wind, not withstand it. Structurally, they just couldn’t hold up against even a gentle air current.

    So, instead of sending the lanterns out onto the water, we hung them in the trees along the riverside path that was the main thoroughfare for festival goers. The effect was lovely. More than one person commented that it looked like a fairyland come to life. Just goes to show that even when something doesn’t quite turn out as you’d hoped, there is still beauty and magic to be found.

    _jamie sig

    My Favorite Blog Reads for the Week:

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