Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in August: on research, learning to love rejection, Art Spiegelman on golden age superheroes, and more.
I thought that this was going to be a new monthly feature for the blog, but it’s really just a revamp of one that I let slide two years ago. This time, instead of sharing one cool thing every week, I’ll be doing a monthly roundup of all the things (articles, videos, et cetera) that I can’t stop thinking about. Enjoy!
• Learning to Write Fluffy, Glittery Violence from My Little Pony by Seanan McGuire
You could get away with anything, if you made it fluffy and pink enough. You could destroy the whole world, as long as you were willing to cover it in glitter first.
Oh, this was going to be fun.
• Do You Want to Be Known For Your Writing, or For Your Swift Email Responses? by Melissa Febos: How Patriarchy Has Fucked Up Your Priorities
• The Organized Writer by Antony Johnston
• Meet the original single lady, who wrote the book on living alone by Laura Smith: Marjorie Hillis was the “spinster-in-chief” who showed women that they could make it on their own
• Frances Glessner Lee revolutionized forensic science by building mini crime scenes an excerpt from ‘BRAZEN: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World’ by Pénélope Bagieu
• I Choose My Pearls: On Feminism, Fashion, and Disneyland by Tabitha Blankenbiller
Women don’t need laws to repress their fashion, comfort, identity, or preference. Our society’s deft ability to shame does all the heavy lifting. Frontierland Feminist didn’t dismantle a patriarchal demand to regulate clothing; she picked up the baton.
• Losing its sparkle: the dark side of glitter by Ellie Violet Bramley
• Twitter’s Great Depression by Mike Monteiro
• The Incredible Possibility of a Year by Paul Jun
• You’re Most Likely to Do Something Extreme Right Before You Turn 30 by Daniel H. Pink (via The Art of Non-Conformity)
What allowed me to change and prosper was the freedom to grow apart and lose touch with people. It’s hard to change yourself if you’re stuck in the same social orbit. There’s a gravitational force that pulls you into repeating the same circular pattern over and over again. Breaking out of that takes tremendous force.
• My inner 15-year-old just found her new favourite band:
1. making… plans for a few different sewing projects. I want to use up some of this fabric.
2. (re)reading… The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. It’s one of my absolute favourite books on creativity, and it’s been a while since I’ve looked at it. It’s time.
3. putting… the final touches on the new computer setup. I still haven’t found desktop wallpaper that I like.
4. loving… this TED Talk by Christopher Bell.
5. balancing… my goals with what I’m actually able to accomplish in a day (and this month in particular), and it’s helping.
6. getting… back on track with my weekly photo project. Finally.
7. starting… to think about my plans for 2017. A little early, maybe, but I’m actually being a little more thoughtful about my plans than I have in the past.
8. looking… for the perfect desk lamp. I’m trying (again, for real this time) to do something with the office, and I have almost everything else either sorted or planned, but I still can’t find a lamp I like.
9. trying… to find a good lightweight text editor. The new computer has a lot more screen real estate than I’m used to, and I don’t like how the editor I’ve always used works on the new screen.
10. thinking… about coffee. It’s a bit of an obsession lately. (Always.)