starry-starry-eyes asked: Do you have any advice for beginning writers who think they can't get anything decent done?
My first piece of advice is stop thinking about whether it’s “decent” or not! Assessments of quality are stifling at the early stages of drafting in particular (and all throughout the writing process!)— just do the best you can at any given moment. And my second piece of advice is to stop worrying about getting anything “done”! All I did from ages 11-20 was write little broken pieces of stories that fizzled out after ten pages, twenty pages, fifty pages, three hundred pages…and then one day I found something that I thought was worth writing to the end. And after that I was able to finish things more often. But no time spent writing little pieces is ever wasted— Divergent was one of those pieces, for me, something I started and abandoned quickly after my freshman year of college and then picked up again four years later with a fresh perspective. I don’t really think any writing is wasted. Everything gets you where you need to go.
So, once you’ve stopped worrying about both of those things, try to just write because you love it. Write even when you don’t love it, too. And you’ll be fine.
needed to hear this…
This is what I tell people about blogging. Just keep writing, you’ll get better as time goes on.
Every successful person has an ego. Some people manage theirs better than others. I guess it’s that quiet ego that strikes fear in you, the loud one that you don’t pay attention to. I think egos are important in sports. — (Source)
The growth of the Internet will slow drastically [as it] becomes apparent [that] most people have nothing to say to each other…. By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s,” - Paul Krugman, 1998. —
And look at us now.
I was thinking about people who write stuff like “why do we need libraries when we have the internet” and I thought how they would cope if they were placed in the position of people who are affected by the digital divide. It would be easier to have a ready made challenge in the same vein as the people who try to live off of food stamps for a week. Here’s a model family, here’s their income, here’s what they have around them, here are their needs, go for it. Rural, urban, suburban, the challenges are there. Let them try life as someone else to get the experience and perspective as to what it is like to not have the latest and greatest at one’s fingertips.
This needs to happen.
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wtfnancydrew:“Nancy began to stroke Bess’s hair. “Why don’t you wait,” she said, “until Dave and the others get here? Then you can compare them. Offhand, I’d say both are fine boys. Dave has eastern ways, and Chuck has a western…
According to the Pet Shop Boys, it’s east end boys and west end girls.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants -
A couple of days ago, there was another attempt to move the minute hand of the Library Doomsday Clock(tm) towards midnight. I really couldn’t say that I was outraged since it was a basic recycling of…
File this under “Oh, and one other thing”:
The guy who wrote the “end of libraries” piece for TechCrunch works for Google (specifically, Google Ventures). The Google Book scanning initiative that started in 2004 uses partnerships extensively with libraries for the content that will be added to the project. So, the very content that Google Books relies on (and has extensively fought for in the courts) comes from libraries that this guy thinks are antiquated because (to unfairly paraphrase his position) “everything is online lol”.
So, on one hand, if those libraries had refused, they would have been called obstructionists to the digital world. On the other hand, because their content is now digitized and online, why have a library when you can find it on a search engine?
The logic here is astounding.
TUMBLR LIBRARIAN BLOG FIGHT
20/20 on Libraries in 2020 -
Recently, I was at a job interview in which the final question from the interviewers was something like this : âWhere do you see libraries in the year 2020?â At that moment, I gave an answer as to …
In case you were wondering what this year’s “sexy librarian” costume looked like. It also happens to share the costume with “naughty teacher”.
I guess it’s an improvement over the older costume.
Programming Unconference Northeast 2013 Recap -
I have to start this post with an admission: for every unconference I attend, it lowers my patience for most organized conferences. Whether it is a âpanelâ that is actually a vendor sales pitch or …
(Source: supersonic--overdrive, via librarianpirate)
You're Invited to Party with EveryLibrary - EveryLibrary -
EveryLibrary is excited to announce events organized by some of our outstanding supporters. These meetups are a great chance for library professionals to come together to talk about issues around political advocacy in libraries, have a drink together, and network with other professionals. The fundraisers are just one of the ways that we build the resources we need to win political campaigns for libraries across the country so come out and support your profession and have a good time. Please help us share these events by inviting your friends to them and posting the event pages to your FB walls.
NYCC 2013 Library Meet and Drink
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9:00pm EDT
EveryLibrary, the first national organization dedicated exclusively to political action for libraries, will be joining forces with Urban Librarians Unite (ULU), the professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in urban settings, and with JP Porcaro to present: NYCC 2013 Library Meet and Drink at the New York Comic Con.
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EveryLibrary Cocktail Fundraiser in Chicago
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:30pm in CDT
Join EveryLibrary and put the FUN in fundraiser at cocktail reception at D4 Irish Pub & Cafe during ILA 2013. Conveniently located just 4 blocks from Navy Pier, the evening’s ticket price includes an open bar, an opportunity to meet “The Lifeguard Librarian” and our host Kate Tkacik, brief remarks by EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best library folk from around the city and state.
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SoCal Cocktail Fundraiser
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:00pm
Join EveryLibrary for a SoCal Cocktail Fundraiser hosted by Mary Abler and John Jackson during CLA 2013 in Long Beach. “Save the Date” as our place is TBA – but buy your tickets now. This event will sell out. Your ticket is for an open bar, brief remarks by EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka, and a chance to schmooze with librarians from all around LA and CA.
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Complimentary Beverage Meet and Greet
Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00pm in EST
Come and meet EveryLibrary’s executive director John Chrastka, to talk political action and libraries. Join hosts Ed Garcia, director of the Cranston Public Library and Michele Cobb, president of the Audio Publishers Association, as we host an informal Meet-Up Monday. This event follows John’s OLIS advocacy day at the Barrington Library. All are welcome. Please RSVP on the Facebook Page to reserve your drink ticket.
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Hey yeah come drink with me!
This can’t be real. This can’t be real. This can’t be real.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
I need to find the source of this picture. I need to find out for my own sanity.
(via Jacob Berg on The Twitters)
"Chants of "Vote! Vote! Vote!" echoed through the room. Standing in the back, Boehner’s deputies watched the scene and smiled. "People went bonkers," says Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona. Representative John Culberson of Texas was so enthused that he yelled, “Let’s roll!” after hearing Boehner’s remarks. Culberson later told reporters he was alluding to the cry of United 93 passenger Todd Beamer." (Emphasis mine)
Yeah, because trying to relitigate a law after failing in the courts, Congress, and ballot box is totally like trying to re-take a plane from people who want to kill you.
I know I’m not usually political on here, but that’s just too far.