some stuff: happy valentine’s day edition




Honestly, none of this has anything to do with Valentine’s Day, so that’s kind of a lie.


I’ve started doing this thing on Instagram and my Facebook page where I show you what I just finished and what I just started. This week I posted that I just finished Labor Day* by Joyce Maynard, and I started Tales From Another Mother Runner,* from the ladies who wrote Run Like a Mother.* Labor Day wasn’t as fast-paced as I anticipated, and at first the 13-year-old narrator frustrated me, but it was still riveting. And sad. But not too sad. It was more like a lonely sad.

Tales From Another Mother Runner is a compilation of essays on running and training and life and motherhood, and it’s just perfect for me at this point in time where I am completely frustrated with running and training and life and mothering. Sometimes things fall into your lap right when you need them. (*affiliate links)


Benedict Cumberbatch name generator. I am Biblical Concubine.

From Salon, an honest piece about how having a spouse who can bear the brunt of the earning makes it easier to follow your dream as a writer. Or not. But don’t claim that you got by with some freelance work when you come from a wealthy family, or that you “worked really hard” when you clearly have a lot of connections in the business. “Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from.

Why we should be suspicious of the new Harper Lee novel.

Could you institute the Pomodoro Method? I think it’s worth a shot. (h/t Oh Hey, What’s Up?)

From Jen Hatmaker: On Becoming a Writer. It’s so easy to fall into that belief that writing just comes naturally to all writers. Truth time – IT DOESN’T. I mean, it can, but it’s work. Even your favorite writer doesn’t spout brilliance from their fingertips. “Writers write and writing is work and work takes time. And it is good work. It means something. It is noble and important. It always has been.”

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS. From This American Life, a fascinating episode about internet trolls and the things that people will get worked up about.


Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whether it involved 50 Shades of Grey or Grey’s Anatomy.

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  1. The This American Life episode struck me, particularly. Such assholes online. But, well, I think if you actually go up to any one & remove the anonymous mask, you’d find they’re either ashamed or a sociopath. And, well, they hate themselves.

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