Monday’s Top 5 (Better Late than Never)

Yes, I’m a day late. But in all fairness, it’s still Monday somewhere. Probably.

To start us off today, I’d like to once again mention Dan of Making it Up As I Go… He has a very well written and considered article this week about why he is Choosing to Self-Publish. As I’ve mentioned before, I intend to pursue traditional publishing for myself. However, I’m all for self-publishing when it’s done for valid reasons (as opposed to the old “traditional publishers are just trying to rip us off, man!” or “gatekeepers are evil!”). Dan’s post is full of great reasons that he’s taking the self-publishing route, but more importantly (in my opinion) he addresses a question that too many writers completely ignore: Why do you want to be published?

The Surfing Pizza this week brings us a great story about listening to music on vinyl, Living in the Analog World, and finding a rare gem in an unlikely place.

Before even walking in, you can tell this is the perfect kind of bookstore, the kind roughly the size of a closet. At least a master bedroom closet. Old light bulbs with metal filaments give off an apricot glow. Musty wooden shelves press to the ceiling and loom over—or perhaps more accurately, hunch over, like old giants. And if you are quiet, and if you listen carefully, you’ll swear you hear those shelves breathing, the sounds of giants harrumphing over us mere mortals below.

Are you sick of reading New Year’s Resolutions posts yet? I have to admit that I’m not. I love reading about the goals people have for their life and their year. And amongst the resolution-overload, there are always some shiny gems waiting to be discovered. This post from Mommy Rotten (“I’m the mom who makes you feel better about your own mothering. By comparison.”) isn’t really about resolutions, but her Guilty Pleasures make for great January reading. In her own words:

Everybody has them.  Every January I kind of take stock of my guilty pleasures to see if I should or would give any of them up in the interests of making myself a better person.  I usually don’t.  But I thought it might be fun to take you all on this futile journey of self un-improvement with me.

As I’ve mentioned before, I spent my entire school life being bullied. I promised myself back then that I wouldn’t let the same thing happen to my own children. As my eldest son gets ready to start school (two weeks to go!), the subject of bullying and how to empower my children to deal with it, is often on my mind. There are many strategies to ensuring your child doesn’t have a “victim” mentality, including fostering a healthy self-esteem, but what to do when that isn’t enough? Enter the wisdom of Wendy Thomas.  Her post this week details the conversation she had with her daughters about what to do if they are bullied.

“No one has the right to say or do anything that makes you or anyone else feel bad. In the future, if someone says something to you in order to bully you, or if you hear someone say something to someone else specifically to make them feel bad, I want you to let that bully know that his behavior makes you angry. Very angry. I want you to look that person right in the eye and at the top of your lungs I want you to shout – continue reading

And to finish on a lighter note this week, I’d like to draw your attention to Peas and Cougars, where Rae shares her “love” for Captcha verification. Check out her cartoon: Captcha Bitch.

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12 responses to “Monday’s Top 5 (Better Late than Never)

  1. Rae

    Thanks for the mention! It’s actually 2:45 pm on Monday for me, so this post isn’t late at all!

  2. It’s still Monday for me as well. So you’re not late. 🙂

  3. Also, some great picks for the week.

  4. It’s totally Monday here. Still. Martin Luther King day so the kids are home. Just an FYI.

  5. Still Monday here. 🙂

    Good post on self-publishing (I’d define it as “indie” rather than self-pub, but I haven’t written the post yet where I argue for the difference). And the pressure not to diversify your genres is real; I’ve heard from mystery writers who had pressure not only to keep writing mysteries but even to keep writing about the same detective character. Also, the post explains why I don’t sell more books. It’s because there’s no “k” in my name. 🙂

    Oh, and I disagree with the whole idea of “guilty” pleasures, as I talk about on my blog: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=2990

    • I actually read your blog post today just after posting this, and thought it was quite funny that I was linking to guilty pleasures while you were saying you don’t believe in them. 🙂 I don’t really do them either — I don’t have the energy for guilt anymore. So I’ll just enjoy watching 6 episodes of Glee in a row (I ❤ you, interweb) and reading the occasional trashy magazine and eating far too many fresh dates and blue cheese. 🙂

      I thought you'd enjoy the self-publishing post. Not having a 'k' in my name is one of the reasons that I won't be going down that route. *chortle* As for the "indie" vs "self-pub" debate… I hate the term "indie", so I look forward to being able to disagree with you when you write that post. 🙂

      • “I don’t have the energy for guilt anymore”

        I don’t think it’s just energy, but it is age-related. When you’re in high school, you want to fit in, you want to like the approved and hip things, and disdain the rest. And if you like something that’s “unhip” there’s a tendency to hide it.

        But, when we get older, what’s the point? I like what I like, and I don’t like what I don’t like. In future posts I intend to talk about Resident Evil movies and Philo Vance mysteries. And maybe more. 🙂

  6. It’s still Monday in California! As always another set of great posts! I end up bookmarking your blog on Mondays and come back to read your choices.

    I hope you will visit my YRU Saying This? page and add three of your favorite links from YOUR blog!

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