Dear Readers –
My deepest apologies! It looks as if weekly roundups have been neither posted nor sent. Of course, that can mean only one thing – it’s time for a mega weekly roundup post! Enjoy 😉
May 8th – May 13th
- On Monday, I suggested that you might be closer to your perfect life than you think.
- On Wednesday, we had an awesome guest post from Chuck over at Chuck Does Art!
- On Friday, we looked at marginal progress and what it can do for you.
May 16th – May 20th:
- On Monday, I exhorted you to account for all of your work!
- On Wednesday, we discussed the strange process of turning down work.
- We finished up by talking about standards of living, and how no one can tell you how you’re doing except you!
- We started the week off with a post I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Bottom line? You can be just as mean to yourself, if not worse, than your old bosses. It takes effort to be kind to yourself while you freelance – and please, please put that effort in!
- On Wednesday we tackled how to keep yourself on track during projects.
- We rounded the week out with a look at what freelancing looks like. Freelancers, how do you find projects? Anything to share or add?
June 1st – 5th:
- On Monday, we took a hard look at a popular inspirational quote
- Wednesday brought an excerpt of my present manuscript, which has necessitated me trying my hand at poetry.
- On Friday, I gave a step-by-step breakdown of the completely terrifying process of quoting what you’re worth
June 6th-June 10th
- How much luck is involved in success? On Monday, we tackled that subject with a post on putting yourself in the way of good luck
- We rounded out the week with a love letter to my first novel
June 13th – June 17th
- On Monday, I looked at what I’ve been reading lately, both books and articles.
- On Tuesday, heartsick at the media coverage I was seeing, I shared a post that’s been hiding in my mind for a few months: we always shut the door
- On Wednesday, I looked at hated tasks in work and home life, and changing your life for the better.
- We finished up with a post about – gulp – ghostwriting.
And now, a huge backlist of assorted wonderful things from around the web:
- Top ten lists of anything are great, but when someone produces a top 43 list, I know they’ve done more than scratch the surface. Here’s Dan Wohl’s list of 43 Real-Life Female Leaders Who Deserve inclusion in Civilization VI
- How about a U.S. road trip with a cool stop in each of the 48 contiguous states?
- I place a real premium on healthy dinners that can be made quickly and easily, and these sesame peanut noodles fit the bill perfectly. They’re vegetarian, but I’m tempted to try pairing them with some grilled flank steak (and a big salad)!
- I adore this tumblr blog of nature photography.
- Still loving Fitness Blender! As I start strength training, I’m looking for core, upper body, and lower body workouts. I’m trying this one tomorrow and this one on Monday!
- To get you in a summer cooking mood, here’s a recipe for a really nice, fresh potato salad full of veggies
- In case you’re wondering about the X-Men: Apocalypse post-credits scene, here’s a breakdown
- As you may recall, Netflix rescued The Little Prince – and now we have a new trailer, and a release date!
- I recently read The House of Wisdom by Jim Al-Khalili, and recommend it! It’s a very interesting look not only into scientific advancement, but into some of the dynamics that have shaped the modern middle east, showing a history that most of us aren’t taught
- With the full disclosure that I have a Patreon page, I was fascinated by this look at Patreon as a potential future for publishing. I’ve enjoyed being able to support both individuals and teams over Patreon, but many people have conflicted feelings about crowdfunding. How do you feel about it?
- There was a very contentious plot point in the most recent issue of Captain America. This is only one of many thoughtful pieces on the topic, and I encourage you to read up. For one thing, as was pointed out a fan of color on Tumblr, what makes someone an unexpected and unsettling enemy to a person raised in a position of social strength is, to a member of a marginalized group, yet another echo of all too much pain, disappointment, and truly deadly attitudes.
- A few years ago, I had the chance to meet one of the scientists behind NASA’s Cassini project, and I’ve kept up with news on it ever since – which isn’t hard, given that it’s always sending back awesome photos. Like these!
Hope you enjoyed this catch-up! Happy reading, and we’ll be back next week! -M