I don't know about you, but I'm hanging in there. Still riding the wave, but it's fine. It's nothing compared to what families are going through in France right now, or what people are suffering in order to escape ISIS and related violence. It's just personal stuff and however it works out, I know it will be for the best.
Is anyone taking all of next week off for Thanksgiving? Prior to this relationship upheaval, I wasn't planning on using any vacation days and I wasn't going to visit family, but now things are different and I need to be with my parents. So I decided to take Tuesday and Wednesday off next week and drive up to D.C. to see them. Yay! 6-day weekend! I freaking need it.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you get to use the holiday doing whatever it is you want to do. The older I get, the more I understand that not everyone gets the same amount of comfort from family as I do, and that's totally fine. If hanging out with your parents stresses you out, can I recommend taking the long weekend for yourself and eating all the food that you actually want to eat instead of feeling suffocated by tradition? We did that last year and it was an incredible break from expectations, which was very relaxing. We basically stuffed ourselves on cheese, foie gras, and crackers while drinking copious amounts of cider and beer. Lots of fun. But this year, for obvious reasons, I'm feeling the turkey, the 20 aunts, uncles and cousins, and most of all the chance to just hang with my parents.
Meanwhile, in the remaining days of work, please enjoy these links from interesting reads I found on the internet this week. Peace-out and have a great pre-Thanksgiving weekend.
A short history of American writers and their feelings about Thanksgiving. Can't really argue with Mark Twain...(WSJ)
Do your characters act logically? Or do they do stupid things so your scene can turn out the way you want it to. (Janice Hardy)
Why Uber is not the future of the economy. (The Atlantic)
Dune art fans rejoice. (Omni)
If you're still in the thick of NaNoWriMo, don't forget to take a break! (Charlotte Rains Dixon)
More habits of famous writers. (ShortList)
Really interesting and sad article about suicide clusters among adolescents in Silicon Valley. I have never felt suicidal in my life, but I do come from a background that values achievement above almost anything else, which creates a lot of personal stress and anxiety. I'm still working to extricate myself from that way of thinking as I'm realizing it's my main source of unhappiness. If I ever have children, this way of thinking is what I want to avoid passing on to them. I want them to feel close and loved by me and for them to know that I value kindness and empathy above all other things. (The Atlantic)
Ugh, I confess, I just bought an adult coloring book - and I love it. Read more about the phenom here. (New Yorker)
Not everything needs to be fixed by technology! A case study of "ketchup leather" and solutionism. (The Atlantic)
Writing Streak: 3 days
My Books on Amazon:
Waking Lions by Avelet Gundar-Goshen
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro