Happy Friday kids! Oh, I am in such a good mood today. I had a productive meeting with my boss who had some really great ideas to help me with my research. I've also had a really decent first week of NaNoWriMo. I'm not quite averaging 1667 words a day (closer to 1250, which is still pretty good considering my slow start), but now I have a totally unplanned weekend in order to catch up and get back on pace. How about you? Anyone have some binge-writing planned?
In the meantime, here are some links to interesting reads from the web this week. I hope you'll enjoy them. Happy reading and writing!
While you're working on your NaNoWriMo novel, don't forget about pacing. Tips here. (Fiction University)
Ploughshares has two approaching submission deadlines. One is quite a ways off (March 1, 2016), but it's for emerging authors (previously unpublished) so it's good to be looking ahead to that one if you qualify. The other deadline (January 15) is for their usual fiction and non-fiction solicitation. (Ploughshares)
A short history of duct tape and NASA. Don't you just love vintage space exploration photos? (Smithsonian)
J.K. Rowling is working on another children's book. I'm not a huge Rowling fan, but I don't hate her work either, so I guess that's cool news. (Independent)
Have you heard? There's going to be a new American Writers museum in Chicago, opening in 2017. (Ploughshares)
Loved this NaNoWriMo list. (Fantasy Faction)
What do you think of adult coloring books? (The Atlantic)
Ok, I'm not a mom, but I also struggle with feeling constantly frazzled and stressed. I've been thinking a lot about why that is. What's the root cause? Then when I read stories like this one, on why Dutch moms are so calm, it makes me think that these problems all come down to working full-time. There just isn't enough time to work both full-time and take care of your personal needs. I think the secret has to be part-time work so you can earn money, use your professional skills, and have enough time to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Too bad American work culture seems almost violently opposed to the concept of part-time work. (WaPo)