Friday, May 27, 2011

Celebrating, waiting, & a laugh

A few items from around the internet:

--I guest blogged today at Natalie Whipple's blog "Between Fact and Fiction," as part of the Happy Writers' Society, on the topic of celebratory files. Here's a taste:

"True happiness only comes from within, and it doesn’t depend on external success, and nothing outside ourselves can give us a sense of wholeness...
"All true. But that doesn’t mean we don’t crave a pat on the back sometimes ..."

--I greatly enjoyed Saundra Mitchell's take on waiting, which is something writers do a lot of: "... Something MIGHT happen, so you stop doing and start waiting. You burn up your creativity with scenarios. They’re reading it right now. They hate it right now. They’re going to make an offer. They’re spilling coffee on the pages. It’s going to sell! It’s never going to sell; your career is over, never going to start, and this is worth a million dollars and will be a bestseller. ..."

--Then there's this piece I ganked from links via Stephanie Burgis. It's called "humor from historians," but anyone who's ever done academic research and seen peer-review comments may get a chuckle out of it. It's a thoroughly, wonderfully ridiculous answer to the question, "How many historians does it take to change a light bulb?"

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