Monday Minutiae – 03.09.20

Weekly Planner

One day, I’m going to do my own post (or share this thread again) about the value of pre-ordering books (ie: because I’ll want you to pre-order mine, obvs). Until then, I hope to keep planting this seed in the back of your head about key reasons pre-ordering books helps your favorite authors. And I’m going to make you click out to do it. Heh. Here is a nice list of reasons in author Helen Cullen’s Twitter feed.

Defining Moment Essay

A couple of months ago, activist Alexander Leon tweeted out some thoughts, and a RT of it came through my feed recently. This is the one that grabbed me:

“Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice. The massive task of our adult lives is to unpick which parts of ourselves are truly us & which parts we’ve created to protect us.”

When we tell our children, siblings, other family members, and close friends that nothing has changed and have always loved them for who they are, we aren’t lying, but I think it’s pretty important to take Leon’s quote above into account. The person who just came out to us will start to finally live their true lives, and it might be a change. I hope we can all be accepting of those we say we love unconditionally as they transform and grow into themselves.

You can check out Alexander Leon’s full essay here.

Curriculum Map

There’s a fine line between a book that’s preachy and one that can truly move us and change our way of thinking. This article from BookBub lists some brief thoughts from people who changed their minds about things after reading certain books. For me, a couple come to mind: Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams helped come to terms with understanding we all have a purpose, and it doesn’t have to be the most noble or selfless one. Also, Kathryn Erskine’s Mockingbird which gave me a powerful, emotional connection to autism. I don’t think I was closed-minded about it beforehand, but it definitely opened up my heart.

What about you? What books changed you or changed your mind about something?

Literary Devices

Here’s the latest trend: using Newton’s laws of motion as a comparison to, well, anything other than Physics. Okay, maybe it’s not a trend, but it IS a little coincidental that I ran into it twice in the past week or two. First, this article on using them as an analogy for your productivity (or lack of it). I could seriously relate. The second instance was during a mini-writing conference I attended this past Saturday. Agent Laura Zats presented the idea of correlating your first ten pages of a manuscript to Newton’s laws of motion. I kinda got a kick out of this idea and feel it’s a useful analogy to help give those opening pages some solid momentum. 😀 Here are her handout notes that gives you a cursory glance at what she’s talking about.

Currently Reading (print): Infinity Son — Adam Silvera

Currently Reading (audio): Educated — Tara Westover

Song of the Week

I’m sure most of you have seen the memes going around for 20-second song alternatives to Happy Birthday or the U.S. alphabet song and I was hoping to find a YouTube clip of the most popular ones to post here…but no such luck! (And no, I did not take the time to make my own.) So, here’s another selection to choose from…this has 10 seconds clips in succession for the top 50 songs of 2017. Why that year? Whatever, I was tired of searching. 😀

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1 Response to Monday Minutiae – 03.09.20

  1. Andy Rundquist says:

    Just like people who think about yellow cars tend to see more of them, I think I see the Newton’s laws analogy everywhere. A couple things I note: 1) general society’s use of “energy” and “momentum” are roughly the same, though they’re pretty different in physics and b) I wonder what people would make of the Lagrangian approach to Newton’s laws: everything minimizes the integrated difference between kinetic and potential energy along its path of motion.

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