Commonplace Post (1)

I haven’t done a link-y sort of post in a while, but I felt like doing one today so…I am! Not all book-related things, here, just interesting posts and whatnot I’ve come across over the past week. Think of it like a commonplace book, only online. And with links.

Click on an image to go to its website. And without further ado, in no particular order:

Nora Dunn (one of my favorite travel bloggers):

As with so many things in life, we all have ideas. But until we do something with the idea, it remains lifeless. It’s all about the execution. So get out there and just do it. You’ll figure out how to swim along the way, with the help of other travelers and your own ingenuity. There is no right or wrong answer; just doing and not doing. Taking that first step and making the commitment is the most important part.

How Not to become a Grumpy Old Blogger

6 Killer Writing Tips from a Great-Grandmother of a Copy Editor

N.K. Jemisin:

Look, I am a black woman. That’s not a problem. People notice my race and gender, I get that; that’s not a problem either. I certainly notice everyone else’s various identities. That’s the way the human species works. This is not what I’m complaining about. What pisses me off is being tokenized, essentialized, stereotyped, and being noticed for nothing but my racial and gender identity. How many motherfucking awards do I have to win to stop people from doing that? (Or will that just make it worse?)

New at DFTBA!

John Scalzi:

Why do women bloggers get more abuse than male bloggers? Oh, I think for all the stereotypical reasons, up to and including the fact that for a certain sort of passive-aggressive internet jackass, it’s just psychologically easier to erupt at a woman than a man because even online, there’s the cultural subtext that a guy will be confrontational and in your face, while a woman will just take it (and if she doesn’t, why, then she’s just a bitch and deserves even more abuse). Cowards pick what they consider soft targets and use anonymity and/or the distancing effect of the Internet to avoid the actual and humiliating judgment of real live humans that they’d have to receive out in the world.

There’s also the fact that culturally speaking, women are burdened with a larger number of things they are made to feel bad about, things that men don’t have to bother with.

How to Do Research on Japanese Literature

The Sketchbook Project – Page One @ awkward & beautiful

Teresa @ Shelf Love:

Thinking about it, though, I wonder if there’s a way to get at least a taste of that kind of depth without becoming devoted to one kind of literature. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers take on projects, maybe focusing on something specific for a week or a month or a season—or else reading a book every week or two on a particular topic over the course of a year. That’s something I think I could do.

Short stories bound into tiny books!

(via Dead White Guys)

What interesting article/post/whatever have you found this week?

7 thoughts on “Commonplace Post (1)”

  1. I want the Yellow Wallpaper one! The short stories are adorable and I love them. I recognize that they are of no value to me but good heavens, they are so cute.

  2. I like these kinds of posts! There’s some good stuff in that How Not to become a Grumpy Old Blogger post. I especially agree with #4: Be relational. So true! If I could add one more to the list, I’d add: take breaks! It’s kind of amazing how refreshed and excited you can feel about blogging after taking a little break.

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