Nice work, buckeyes: you curse more than any state in the union. (Not to be confused with our Ohio-born associate editor’s odd penchant for exclaiming, “Jesus Christ and all his merry elves!”)
Oklahoma in the running. Shocked NY didn’t score better. Must be Albany’s fault.
One of the myths we have about creativity is that sometimes we have a calling, that you know that every day of your life, when in truth, half of writing a first draft is very much about failure.
I used to believe in the myth of the big idea: The big idea hits and you never look back. It’s sort of like when you meet a couple that’s been together for a long time and the question you ask is “How did you guys meet?” And there’s always a great story. But the real question — and the one that hopefully you’re too polite to ask — isn’t “How did you guys meet?” but “How did you stick together?” That’s the story of writing a book. How did you stick with it? How did you get through the day-to-day? I think one of the reasons you get so many questions about process — “Do you plot?” “How do you do it?” “How do you do it every day?” — is because people want to believe there’s a way to take the pain out of the process of writing. And there really isn’t. You’re going to have days that are terrible."
— Advice on writing your first book from Leigh Bardugo and other published authors. Complement with the collected advice of literary icons and Neil Gaiman on why you should finish things. (via explore-blog)
Really want some huge prints of macro photos of Syntrichia mosses for my walls.
Would also accept living wallpaper or an actual carpet of Syntrichia mosses at home, in the office, and wherever else I can feasibly sustain one. —MN
Dewey Beach, Delaware
9am November 30 2013
NICKERSON STATE PARK - CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS
It’s getting pretty chilly on the Cape now, but in warmer months, the kettle ponds (formed thousands of years ago by retreating glaciers) are great for swimming. Kayaking or canoeing are also available and there are miles of trails to hike on, an amphitheater, and a small camping shop for necessities. It really is a beautiful park—have no doubts about it next time you think of coming by.
Editor’s note: Nickerson’s landscape probably isn’t what most people picture when they imagine Cape Cod, but this 1,900-acre state park is located in the heart of the mid-Cape. Campsites are currently closed for winter, but will re-open April 2014 and the park itself is open year-round. Visit mass.gov for more information.
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Taylor Sijan spent most of her life in Catawba Island, Ohio, which is a peninsula jutting out into Lake Erie. She recently moved to Orleans (Cape Cod), Massachusetts to pursue freelance art as a career after studying fine art at Bowling Green State University. She paints, draws, sketches, makes jewelry, terrariums, stitch books. She blogs about her art, thrift finds, etc. on her website, www.taylorsijan.com. You can follow her on Tumblr at taylorsijan.tumblr.com, find her Etsy shop at taylorsijan.etsy.com, or follow her on Instagram at taylorsijan.
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The Freelancer’s Rollercoaster of Emotions, according to me. I have been writing news stories for a few years now, and every single time it still feels this dire and this hard and this great.
George Wein, founder of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, sits next to the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar played by musician Bob Dylan on July 25, 1965 at Newport Folk Festival, better known as “the night Dyan went electric” at an auction preview at Christie’s on November 25, 2013 in New York City. The guitar is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.