For your weekend reading pleasure. Lose yourself for an hour in these great articles.
A feast for the eyes, a banquet for the heart.
4, 6, and 7 are especially beneficial for the new year.
- I’ve read a bunch of these memoirs and found a few to add to my TBR pile.
- Natural fashion.
- For all the writers. Especially the freelancers. Do you deserve a reward today?
- How to be a good father.
- I love The Frugal Crafter! Here’s an upcycling project she recently posted. I love the video as well as the instructions.
- Ways to put failures and setbacks into perspective. (Warning: the F-word is used liberally in this article.)
- Using the Da Vinci Schedule to increase your productivity and prevent burnout.
- I think my next quilt project for myself should be a red-and-white Christmas quilt. Some of these done up in Christmas fabrics would work very nicely.
- I’d love to see the tools this artist used to cut this lacy octopus.
- Why art matters.
- I find this sculpture particularly moving.
- Your creativity requires structure.
I apologize—I forgot to post some Juice for you last week.
Here’s the latest installment of creative ideas from all over the web:
- Prize-winning photographs.
- If you haven’t read these classics, you should.
- Beautiful tangles!
- 50 years ago they were arrested. What happened to the Freedom Riders between then and now.
- Animals acting like people.
- How have I lived for 65 years without knowing about the existence of these exotic birds?
- This very short article on productivity makes some very good points.
- I love this artist’s watercolor journal.
- Steve Jobs had some dramatic failures, but he credited them as necessary lessons which made his great successes possible in this speech he made six years before his death.
- How the climate of teaching has changed in light of school shootings. (I know this isn’t about creativity, but this essay is so well-written I have to share it with smart people.)
- Stop-motion animation.
- Need wall art? There’s a robot for that.
Just in time for weekend reading:
Thank you to Writers in the Storm and to Jennifer Louden for these tips on avoiding writer burn out.
Just about every day I read an article about a writer who’s written 988 books in the last three months under seventeen pen names while maintaining an active presence on every social media platform.
It’s enough to send me to bed with Netflix and a whole lot of dark chocolate.
But after a good binge, you and I still have to face the fact: it’s a crazy world we authors inhabit. And staying sane and productive without burning out is a skill we must cultivate, right up there with establishing a compelling voice and a thriving platform.
Jennifer Louden, from her website
I’ve spent a big part of my career studying how writers can work with more ease and consistency, mostly because writing has always been a struggle for me (8 books with a million copies in print aren’t proof writing is easy for me, only that I’m stubborn). I hope the following suggestions for sane productivity will help you like they have me and the writers I coach.
Read the rest of the article here.