“Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance.”
Well, what do you know? That’s a pretty accurate depiction of how I Twitter!
I never bother to “catch-up” on tweets I’ve missed. I mean, I’d be on Twitter 24/7 if I did that – especially since I pretty much have only one rule when it comes to Twitter. That rule is: follow interesting people. It’s a pretty good rule, if I do say so myself. But it means I end up following an awful lot of people. Because there are a lot of interesting people out there.
So Twitter is very much an of-the-moment thing for me. If the tweet is there when I check in, I get to see it. If not, well, I don’t angst about it, but I don’t see it either.
So this week’s links are all here by mere chance. Definitely haphazard.
Got to love it!
Writing, Reading & Creativity
- Is a writer’s success due to skill, or the idea? Natalie Whipple addresses this in Idea + Skill + Luck. (via @elizabethscraig)
- An interview with author Lisa See on creativity and passion in writing. I haven’t read See’s novels yet, but they are on my list. I really enjoyed this interview! (via @PenelopePrzekop)
- Do you write flash fiction? Writer’s Advice is holding its Fifth Annual Flash Prose Contest. (via Write for a Reader, @writereader)
- I discovered the very interesting Routines for Writers, tagline “helping writers write more”. This month is Author Crush Month and there are some fantastic interviews with writers like Lois Lowry and Julie Garwood. (via @inkyelbows)
- How do you write about a real location if you haven’t been there? The Creative Penn has a bunch of great tips – and I discovered Google Street View (when you zoom in to street level, drag the little person icon to the street you want to see)! (via @Kristen_Howe)
- Check out these plotting boards! You all know I’m a pantser (ie, I write by the seat of my pants, with nary a clue as to where I’m headed but trusting that I’ll get there), but there’s always a part of me that wants to be organized. I dream about stuff like this (not that I could ever implement it, but I like to dream). (via @RachelleGardner)
- According to Common Sense Media, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret is NOT okay for tweens. Meg Cabot weighs in with her thoughts on this. (via @kristin_walker)
- This is a beautiful piece on the indie bookstore Politics and Prose, written by author Susan Jane Gilman. (via @BethFishReads)
- These journaling tips have prompted me to dig out one of my lovely Moleskine notebooks and give journaling another try: How To Increase Your Happiness with Journal Writing. (via @journalwriter7)
- David Parker’s amazing eulogy for his father, Robert B. Parker. Parker was one of my favorite writers, and this eulogy is just beautiful. (via @JoeFinder)
Other Interesting Stuff
- Model Coco Rocha speaks out about the ultra young and ultra thin trend in the modeling industry: “I’m a 21 year old model, 6 inches taller and 10 sizes smaller than the average American woman. Yet in another parallel universe I’m considered “fat”…” (via @ETCanada)
- Daily Routines: How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days is such an interesting site! The site is currently not posting any updates (they have a book coming out in 2011) but the archives are filled with some great stuff. (via @anndouglas)
- Tips to improve your memory! I just knew Soduko would come in handy – and now I have a reason to splurge on blueberries, too. (via @BigBookofYou)
Learning Links and Games
- Interested in archeology? Archaeology Daily News is on Twitter: @ArchaeologyDN! (via @LoreleiKing, who is, by the way, the voice of Stephanie Plum, and Lulu, and Grandma Mazur in the audio version of Janet Evanovitch’s novels)
- We’re homeschooling our youngest, and these free earth science worksheets and printables look just amazing! (via @education_com)
- Here’s a fun logic game for kids: Chocolate Fix. While you can purchase the physical game, Thinkfun also offers an online version you can play for free here. And Everything Mom has a giveaway for the game (ends March 5, US and Canada). (via @cbadov)
Just Plain Fun
- I’d been hearing a lot about “Norwegian curling pants” but hadn’t actually seen what everyone was talking about. And then I read Dress Like An Olympian: Norwegian Curling Pants And Other Distractions and I finally got it … (and if you want a pair for yourself, there’s a link in the article to a store that actually sells them – let me know if you do, okay?) (via @alicepope)
- A Twitter-inspired sitcom? I’m kidding, right? No, apparently not. William Shatner will be in a pilot that’s based on the Twitter account @shitmydadsays. (via @CanadaCool)