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There is ample evidence

Published 3 months ago • 1 min read

There is ample evidence

Gift ideas for book lovers, thoughts on joy, and a bonus nerd word...

Eight great things worth sharing this week:

  1. Introducing the Inside Literary Prize - the first in the US to be judged by incarcerated people. This transformative initiative puts more books into the hands of those behind bars and includes them in the larger literary conversation. Learn more about this inspiring initiative here. #AccessMatters
  2. Nerd word of the Week: Vitiate ~ spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. As in: Vitiated by years of exposure, the Honda was hardly recognizable.
  3. “Too much joy, I swear, is lost in our desperation to keep it.” -Ocean Vuong
  4. More news this week on how mindfulness is really good for us. Specifically, this article is all about how meditation can help us to age more gracefully. "What most of us want out of our elder years is a better quality of life—and there is ample evidence that being more mindful can help."
  5. If you're looking for ways to integrate mindfulness into your regular routine, you really should consider joining my online writing community. We start off each writing session with a 15-minute guided meditation. That's what we, in the literary world, call two birds with one stone. Click here to learn more.
  6. Ever wondered how book covers evolved from embossed leather to the colorful cardboard? You can thank the genius invention of chromolithography around 1840. Take a delightful plunge into the captivating history of book covers for some more book trivia.
  7. December marks the end of NaNoWriMo, and if you hit your writing goal or gave it your best shot, congratulations! You should definitely celebrate, just don't send those 50,000 words off to an agent. They're not ready. So what should you do? Read my latest blog post to find out.
  8. Need a gift for the book lover in your life? Here are a few good ones I've come across recently: The Literary Insults Chart (or the more specificShakespearean Insults Chart), Book Cover Puzzles (in 5 different designs - I love puzzles), and these overpriced socks (each box sold provides three books to children in need).

Happy writing, my friends,


P.S. Last week we took a look at Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Now, jumping to the other side of the pond, we have Oxford University Press' word of the year: rizz.


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