Monday Must Reads: Writing, Women, Mummies, and Christmas Lists

Happy Monday Everyone!  I’m madly trying to catch up on my NaNoWriMo goals, finish 2 more books this month, stop this cold I’m getting in its tracks, and still make dinner from a recipe at least once a week.  Here are the blogs that caught my eye this past week.  What else caught yours?

On Writing:

August McLaughlin wrote a beautiful post on Sweet Solitude: Creating Intimacy with Writing and Ourselves.  It’s a little bit about love, about finding creativity, and being a stronger, healthier you.  She also leaves wonderful ideas to get recharged.

Kristen Lamb serves up another batch of awesome-sauce in her post on publishing and author brand:  Beware the Social Media Snuggie – One Size Does Not Fit All!

Albert Berg is an honest man.  If you’re in need of a grip on reality and write goals, please read his post Nailing NaNoWriMo: Or Not.

On Women:

When Quiet offers us a breathtaking poem about the unity of women in WE.  You’ll want to read this one out loud, it sounds as powerful as your mind and spirit are.

True Life Stories:

Mindi Anders conducts part 1 of an interview with a Michigan Religious Cult Survivor and even the comments are interesting.  Mindi’s done an awesome job of healing herself by sharing her own survival story and creating a place for discussion on the topic.

Gene Lempp’s new edition of Designing from Bones is on The Iceman Plot, the true, or slightly fictionalized story, of a 5300 year old glacier mummy.

Kathy Owen shares the history of Thanksgivings Past from the New York Times in this part 1 edition.  How many turkeys do you think we go through now?

Social Trends of the Season:

Tiffany White blogged about a favorite guilty pleasure show of mine The Secret Circle.  Catch up on Cassie, the new witch in town and her five friends who bind a circle of witchcraft only to be found out by witch hunters and demons!  It’s creepier than I thought and I’ll be sticking with it.

Tiffany also blogged about another favorite topic of mine, Urban Legends.  From the tales themselves to the flicks that made them frightening, you gotta check this out!

Don’t lie, we know you’re already making your holiday gift lists, if not for yourself, perhaps Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life, and Pam Hawley’s got you covered.

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21 responses

  1. Lots of great information here and links I’ve got to check out! Thanks for putting so much into in one place. A great resource!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Pamela! Something to read for everyone. Enjoy!

  2. Thanks for the linky-love, Jess! Good luck with the rest of your NaNo – almost halfway through!

    1. Oy, I could use another week to catch up. We’ll see how it goes.

  3. Great list, Jess. Awesome goals as well, I like the idea of cooking once a week from a recipe, we have been trying to do that as well. Really mixes things up nicely and keeps the taste buds alive. Thanks for the link love 🙂

    1. Ooh I went wild last night. Made French Toast with Asparagus and Orange Beurre Blanc. That’s right, I was cookin with wine! Mmm

  4. Wait… which one was the mummies?

    1. Gene’s Ice Man story. It’s nature’s way of mummification. Have you heard about this story? I remember reading it in school.

  5. So honored to be among your fine list! Thanks, Jess. Off to check out others I’ve missed!

    PS I love the look, name and organization of your blog.

    1. Hey August! Thank you for the lovely compliments. *big grin* I’ve been loving your recent posts about creativity and taking care of yourself. Keep em coming!

    2. Hey August! Thank you for the lovely compliments. *big grin* I’ve been loving your recent posts about creativity and taking care of yourself. Keep em coming!

    1. Thanks Sonia!

      P.S. OMG the last episode of Walking Dead?! Such a cliffhanger. I’m getting worried about Sophia though, I wish she’d turned up by now.

  6. Thanks so much for including my article on your list, Jess. I felt so special when I checked your blog this afternoon. You always provide such terrific links! 🙂

    1. Well thank you to you for providing such terrific content for me to share!

  7. Hope you’re able to fight off that cold in time for Thanksgiving festivities next week! What do you usually do for dinner, if you’re not following a recipe?

    1. Oh I absolutely would use a recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. This year for Joe and I I’m planning pumpkin curry chicken, cheesy potatoes (a must), jazzed up green bean casserole, maybe some tarragon rolls and a cinnamon spice cake for dessert. Mmmm

  8. Thanks for the double link love, Jess! I’m so glad I have a fellow Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle friend to talk about these shows with on Thursday nights. You’re my girl!

    1. It’s so funny to me cause I rarely watched TV before this, didn’t have the schedule to. And suddenly I’m like “Oh good, I open on thursday, I’ll be home in time to catch vampire diaries” or “crap, I’m a mid, now I have to either tape it or wait until Tuesday and watch it on the CW’s website, I hope Tiffany doesn’t tell me what happened…I hope she does…I hope she doesn’t….” LOL

  9. Great stuff Jess! The Secret Circle will definitely be on my “to read” list, I’ve checked out August McLaughlin and will go back again…… and I will defintitly check out the Secret Circle..Believe it or not, some Alsacian folk in this small French town thought I was a witch……Schucks!!. I am just filled with the Holy Ghost:-)…….. .Last but not least Merci beaucoup for the Shout Out for my poem WE. I am honored….

    1. They really thought you were a witch? You must mesmerize them with your words! Loved your poem!!!

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