Friday Links

“There aren’t enough days in the weekend.”
~Rod Schmidt

Another big week. I’m working with a new client on a social entrepreneurial campaign which I’m finding fascinating and quite rewarding (as well as great fun), work at the Benjamin House goes swimmingly, and I had a couple of meetups with some fabulous women. Sleep deprivation continues as per usual, but so does contentment. I’m still trying to work out a better and more successful schedule, but I think that (like most things) I’m simply just going to have to knuckle down and accept that free time is a myth. At least until May.

Which is actually not that far off, come to think of it. The first quarter of this year flew by alarmingly fast.

Anyway, we’ve mustered a nice little roundup for you this week, the best and weirdest of the internet as always. Got anything that needs to be brought to the coterie’s attention? Self promotion encouraged, by the way, don’t forget to add your favorite blog posts for the minions to peruse. Share in the comments and have a great weekend!
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I’ve fallen prey to the selfie-shock phenomenon since I’ve discovered Instagram. My family are not huge picture takers, but Jeff and I have made a serious effort to document our live abroad. Which means instead of the mirror reflection, which I’m used to, photos of me tend to look like an entirely different person in my mind!  Anyone else experienced this or do I just have a massively lobsided face, apparently?

Speaking of, here’s a great short piece on how 21st century technology has rewired our brains. At  technology changes how we interact and use resource as a species, but now (ironically) we have the technology to track what technology does to us. Meta!

There will never be enough Shakespearean insult material on the internet as far as I’m concerned.

Map distortion is a funny thing that interests me greatly. Remember that scene in the film version of The King and I when the royal children can’t accept that Siam is such a small country? The same sorts of things happen today, and maps are one of the reasons. It’s extraordinarily difficult to transpose at 3D world onto a 2D piece of paper to start, but other issues like bias and imperialism play a distinct role. The best example is cartographic portrayals of Africa.

So…this kid. I’m incredibly impressed. (And committing to learning more about design form and function this year.)

I found this post from UK writing and publishing blog Novelicious to be excellent advice for any and all who wish to do any kind of writing professionally. The first person who should take your aspirations, plans, and work seriously is yourself – think and act accordingly.

I’m just going to leave this here: “Sorting 19th Century British Novelists Into Hogwarts.”

And that leads quite nicely into this. I’m Cecil Warburton. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the proscribed format here and the well of futility and annoyance it drills into the dark depths of my novelist aspirational soul? Three steps. First name, last name, write your novel – I WISH.

As gratified as I am to learn the science behind the strictest of childhood laws, can it just be a good enough reason that it’s gross, rude, and communally irresponsible? No? Science it is!

Okay, I think I’ve found my new retirement plan idea. (The official blog is a stunner as well!)

And here’s another site for you, this one belonging to the lead costumer on Game of Thrones Season 3. Her work, heavily featuring stunning embroidery, is really incredible, and she’s also been a part of other major film and television works so check her galleries. Also, can we tell I’m outrageous excited for the series to be back on?!

Well that’s…gruesome. h/t Jess

Speaking of news on the writing front, let me humble brag shamelessly that a piece I wrote for Levo League was also picked up and shared by Business Insider this week. And I’ve been contacted about it being shared elsewhere. I’m beyond pleased that my work is starting to get out there – here’s planning on more to come!

Finally, at a loss for words? Vintage Robin is here to help you find that perfect exclamation with all of his own memorable ones compiled for your benefit.


2 thoughts on “Friday Links”

  1. Nice picks! That GOT designer is amazing….imagine getting to wear such beautiful costumes.

    The Novelicious advice is spot-on. It’s really stupid to slag the very industry you keep saying you want to join because it has not (yet) accepted you as a member. Better to read Publishers’ Weekly online and attend every possible writing conference to better understand how the game is played, and won.

    1. It makes you think when that level of hand work went into the best clothing. Expensive and time consuming, but entirely original and literally valuable.

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