Five Good Things

Ready for some great stuff? Me, too! I loved my vacation, but getting back to the Real World has been something of a challenge. I’m trying to organize my time better (like using rigid iron braces to keep myself from falling down the wonderful rabbit hole that is Pinterest)—and take advantage of some non-Pinterest inspiration. It is awesome that so much information is available to us, and that so many people are willing to share their knowledge and experience. Hurrah for a worldwide community!

Here are some great recent finds in the Blog World:

For Readers Everywhere!
https://freeditorial.com
FREEDITORIAL is a free and global meeting place for readers and writers from all over the planet. People from several continents have collaborated on this initiative. “We invite you to download and read your favorite books and articles for free.” 

27 Great Tips to Keep Your Life Organizehttp://zenhabits.net/27-great-tips-to-keep-your-life-organized/
I’m a pretty organized person (a class I took said so!), but being organized helps us to “find” more time—time for important stuff like Pinterest. I mean, like writing! And reading!

A Writers View: On Characters Who Seize the Reins
http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/05/characters-seize-reins
“As [a writer] works with the character, internalizing the details of the unique set of drives which she has given it, the various elements she has selected begin, somehow, to interact among themselves, something like a kit model of a functioning personality.” These pretend people can be astonishingly like A.I.s …

Bite-sized Tales for Readers
http://dailysciencefiction.com
“We publish “science fiction” in the broad sense of the word: This includes sci-fi, fantasy, slipstream– whatever you’d likely find in the science fiction section of your local bookstore. Our stories are mostly short short fiction (flash fiction) each Monday through Thursday, hopefully the right length to read on a coffee break, over lunch, or as a bedtime tale.” Okay, what’s not to like? I like reading stories during my lunch break better than reading emails…

Getting in the Groove
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-power-daydreaming/200907/how-music-feeds-and-steers-your-imagination
Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Music can make us feel good. It can also provide a powerful creativity boost. “Even for those of us who are more visual in our imaginings, music remains one of the most powerful daydream launchers.“ Want to see what I like to listen to when I’m writing or daydreaming? Check out my Pinterest Music Board.

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How do you like to get into a creative mood?
What’s your best way to get inspired?

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