Saturday Summation – 01 October 2016

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Every occupation has its busy “season”, and for education, September is definitely one of them. Thus, I’ve let the Summations and other potential posts slide.

Here are a few make-you-smile tidbits, though, from the past month that I still want to share:

  1. Storyteller gold, right here, with this Target employee offering us a highly entertaining account of his first week at work, interacting with various customers. I love the perspective he gives on each an every one of them.
  2. How to publish the next great American novel? I enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek post which, to be honest, is full of snark and possibly bitterness, but many a writer can relate, I’m sure.
  3. If David Corbett is to be believed (and I’m too tired and lazy right now to do fact-checking, so let’s just go ahead and believe him), then the word and socio-linguistic meaning of “twitter” came from Chaucer and “yahoo” from Swift. He lists others, along with one of those FB type things about creating Shakespearean insults, and many other fantastic linguistic goodies in his post.

 

Recent Recommended Reads

If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo (YA) [My Goodreads review]

Hamilton: The Revolution – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (A) [My Goodreads review]

Scarlet (Basically the whole Lunar Chronicles series – Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter) – Marissa Meyer (YA)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (A) [My Goodreads review]

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (A) [My Goodreads review]

Now That It’s You – Tawna Fenske (A) [My Goodreads review]

 

Video of the Week

A little over a week ago, I spent several days in New Mexico at a writer’s retreat. I was surrounded by so many amazing writers and authors and second to simply meeting so many of them face-to-face for the first time after many months of virtual interaction, was hearing the stories. And I don’t mean their fiction. I mean *their* stories. Even though so many stories represented long struggles and squiggly lines to goals, they were encouraging. Many stories were a lot like author Erika Robuk’s below, and the inspiration was that indeed, we all are remembering why we are doing what we do; why we started.

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