Finders Fridays

Finder’s Fridays: Chris Pratt is Perfect

This week has been not really fun or awesome in the news. It’s like, every time I look, there’s something really horrible happening. And I’ve been depressed anyway, so it hasn’t helped.

Then I found this on Tumblr. Chris Pratt – true to his word from a prior interview – went to visit a children’s hospital in LA dressed like Starlord.

Guys. I am legit crying here. Not just the Internet-y ‘this is making me take on all the feels’ but like…I have tears streaming down my freaking face. So, here, go look at this on the Time site.

Chris Pratt visits the Lego Kid at LA Children's Hospital

5 Things, Finders Fridays

Finder Friday: 5 Things Worth Reading

It’s Friday. Aren’t you glad? I know I am. This has not been a great week in the news. I’d like to say things can only get better, but saying that sort of thing out loud never ends well. Or typing it.

Here are a few things I found this week that you might want to check out:

1. Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves — Sorry this one isn’t particularly cheery. Definitely not the normal Cracked.com fare. Thoughtful and well-written and so very, very true.

2. How Not to Write Your First Novel — Lev Grossman’s honest, poignant look back at his early twenties. I feel that any person who mocks millenials for their quarterlife crisis should give this a read. Every generation goes through this. This one just happens to have Instagram.

3. 10 Simple Ways to Become a Better Writer — Don’t let the simple title fool you. This one is a treat. I like 4, 6 and 10 the most.

4. How to Put on Your Face by Anna Akana — Again, not what you’re expecting. Believe me. Is that the theme for this week? Or just coincidence?

5. Notes from Austin Kleon’s Tumblr Office Hours — Read this. All. Of. This. Now. Please.
Did you know I actually already shared this in my weekly newsletter, “How to Have a Day Job”? You can hear about that sort of awesome stuff and more tips on maintaining your writer’s/painter’s/sketcher’s/whatever’s spirit by signing up right here!

Finders Fridays

Finders Friday: My Every Day Blogs

Today, I wanted to share with you the awesome blogs that I check out on a daily basis. The people who run them are amazing, they have great stuff that makes me feel good, and they are fantastic resources for creative types. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I’ve also stolen a line from their About pages so you know what you’re in for. Did I just make that sounds ominous? Because I meant to.

Litreactor:An interactive online community where writers improve their craft and readers celebrate their love for literature.”

Unfuck Your Habitat: “What is Unfuck Your Habitat? And why should you do it? Because you’re better than your mess. Yes, it involves some yelling and swearing. But, it’s about motivation, and support, and accountability.”

Yes and Yes: “Because yes is more fun than no.” (Katie note — A lifestyle blog that takes it a step more awesome.)

Lemon and Raspberry: “Where [Amy Schubert] helps you learn how to tell your story, build your online platform and find your GREAT WORK.”

Campfire Chic: “Take risks and try new things, like camping, rock climbing, and yoga, while maintaining current interests and responsibilities.”

The Happiness Project: “Daily adventures in the pursuit of happiness and habits.”

Austin Kleon: “A writer who draws.” (Katie note — he wrote “Steal Like an Artist” and “Show Your Work” and he also believes in dealing with a day job)

The Small Change Project: “There is no secret to solving any problem. There are only small changes, practice and a commitment to doing better. THIS is your WHOLE life.”

Terrible Minds: “[Chuck Wendig] is likely drunk and untrustworthy. This blog is NSFW and probably NSFL.”

Mighty Girl: “Famous among dozens.” (Katie note — don’t listen. It’s actually way more.)