Inspired | September 2018

Links

Every month, I share the articles and sites that I found most interesting. Here’s what caught my attention in September.

Debut Advice: Self-care, Reviews, and Shifting from Reader to Writer by Paper Kyoko: “But in my experience, the sooner you put up boundaries and make a permanent mental shift from reader to writer, the better.”

Strictly analogue: Polaroid’s past, present and future – a photo essay by Christian Sinibaldi and Mee-Lai Stone: Guardian photographer Christian Sinibaldi tours the world’s last Polaroid film factory, in the Netherlands, the only remaining factory still making film for the much-loved instant cameras

Procrastination: It’s pretty much all in the mind by Nazima Pathan: “Experts say the study, in Psychological Science, underlines procrastination is more about managing emotions than time.”

(Deliberate) practice makes perfect: how to become an expert in anything by Aytekin Tank: “And for most areas in our lives, a baseline level of skill is enough. But if we want to truly excel, we have to push past this complacency and out of our comfort zone.”

Captain Marvel, explained by the people who reimagined her by Susana Polo

“Carol falls down all the time,” DeConnick says, “but she always gets back up — we say that about Captain America as well, but Captain America gets back up because it’s the right thing to do. Carol gets back up because ‘Fuck you.’

The Victorian Cards That Explained How to Use a Book to Flirt by Natasha Frost: “Young people wanted to flirt with one another; the cards were just one very small part of what the pearl-clutching Morning Oregonian, in 1871, called “apparently innocent indulgences” that paved the way “to ruin.””

• It’s been a while since I talked about the music I’m listening to, hasn’t it? (Besides Talking Heads, I mean.) I’m kind of loving this video from Nadine Shah. (Via. The interview is good, too.)

What’s the most interesting thing you saw online this month?

Snapshot #21 | Special Edition! | 20 Things for 29 March 2015

Personal

Since things have been so… odd… around here lately, and since I skipped at least two weeks of regular blogging, I figured that a special double-sized snapshot is in order to let you know what I’ve been up to lately.

Currently…

1. shopping… for boots. Because I’ll need them if this snow ever melts.
2. researching… obsessively.
3. saying… nothing. Because there have been times when I really couldn’t say anything nice.
4. teaching… myself some new tricks.
5. eating… Cadbury Creme Eggs. Because I’m a grown-up.
6. falling… down. Stupid late-winter early-spring snowstorms, followed by flash-freezes that turn the sidewalks to super-slick ice.
7. thinking… about how I spend my time (when I have it to spend.)
8. learning… how to fold a fitted sheet, and how to fold a pocket square. (Both of which have been necessary in the last four weeks.)
9. wishing… everything would just go back to normal.
10. settling… on this recipe for hot-cross buns. I’ll let you know how it goes.
11. rolling… my eyes. So much.
12. looking… at cat-food labels. It took ages to find a food that the cat, I, and the vet all agreed on, and… now it seems like Lucy’s decided she hates it. So I need to find something she likes, and that she’ll hopefully keep liking, and that will still help her lose weight.
13. watching… iZombie. ♥ I’d missed Rob Thomas-style dialogue so much. (There’s a great interview with Thomas over at Co.Create, if you missed it.)
14. feeling… committed.
15. missing… signals. (So I’m told. I have my doubts.)
16. reading… The Gear Patrol Film Issue. Fantastic.
17. starting… to put things together.
18. loving… the letter Iggy Pop wrote to a fan in 1995. I adore Iggy so much.
19. updating… my workout playlist. It’s been a while.
20. getting… a bit off-track with some of the projects I’ve been working on. March started well, but… yeah. Starting fresh in April, now that the worst is over (for sure this time.)