from anne lamott

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“Try to write in a directly emotional way, instead of being too subtle or oblique. Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you. Be afraid of not getting your writing done.”

lovely links: January 2014

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a great post from Sarah Dessen about when it really is OK, even good, to abandon a writing project

what if you just went for it?

a NYT article worth reading, Slaves of the Internet, Unite!

oh, and let’s go here together: The Story Museum

8 Everyday Words Invented by Famous Authors

a book to check out: Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac by Anita Silvey

reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold,  Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, Papa Is a Poet by Natalie S. Bober, The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway and The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (I’ll write more about this one someday, because it just laid me flat with its awesomeness. Willa Cather, I salute you.)

which seems like a lot of almanacs (if one is a lot, two is then a staggering amount) which makes me wonder about the true deifinition of almanac: an annual publication containing a calendar for the coming year, important dates, and the times of such phenomena as sunrises, phases of the moon, and tides) so I thought I’d share it with you