Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
In the meantime, the Hamilton Bike Share program, SoBi, has deployed a number of bikes throughout the city ahead of the March launch. Initially I thought I had no need for a bike share membership; after all, I do own four bikes. However, last week, I was meeting the ladyfriend for a gift consult after my regular "beer and a half" date with a friend. It was then that I realized that if I had a SoBi account, I could ride to my various appointments and catch a ride home with the ladyfriend (I know - the accursed car!) rather than meet her at home ten minutes later (okay, I know, poor Claudia - waaah, another ten-minute bike ride. I know, I know). All this to say, while city council is dragging its heels and investing in the continuance of car culture, there are little victories all over the city. Every time I ride my bike, I feel like I'm contributing to the greater bike culture of Hamilton.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
SheWrites, list of 52 Things - Ideas for Writers 2015. Amazingly, I actually edited it down (rather than my usual urge to add/complicate). I intend to amend/edit it as I accomplish one thing or another, and I will be happy if I do half of these things over the course of the year.
Here's my version of Brooke's list:
- Start or join a writing group.
- Guest post for a blog you read/admire.
- Commit to a certain number of submissions a month, and stick to it for the whole year.
- Read a banned book during Banned Book Week, September 27 - October 3, 2015. For a list of banned books, visit: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/.
- Submit a story to a call for submissions for an anthology.
- Buy a book for a child or teenager in your life for no reason at all.
- Commit to writing a certain number of words per week, or per month.
- Attend a local author reading, or two or five or ten.
- Support your local bookstore.
- Write a book review and put it on your blog or your website.
- Do one thing that truly champions another writer.
- Read a book that falls way outside your general area of interest.
- Go to a writers’ conference.
- Apply for residency retreats, like Hedgebrook.
- Do a 500 Words challenge. Writers like Jeff Goins have sponsored these kinds of challenges, where you write 500 words a day for a set number of days—a month or longer. Give it a whirl!
- Read your work out loud, either at an open mic night or at a literary event.
- Write and publish either an e-book or a chapbook. These can be as short as 25 or 30 pages (single stories or essays) and they can get your work on the map.
- Enter your work into a contest. You have nothing to lose!
- Map out a timeline for your book, or for your next book. Consider when would be a reasonable publication date for your book and write it down. Post it somewhere where you can see it to hold that date as a goal.
- Commit to a certain number of blog posts a month—one, two, four—and stick to it for the whole year.
- If you don’t already have a website, start one. If you have a website you know needs a facelift, commit to giving it one.
- Memorize a poem.
- Get involved with my local library.
- Make a list of your top ten favorite books in your own genre and reread two of them.
- Do something that shows your commitment to writing—plant something or buy yourself a house (or office) plant; get a piece of “writing” jewelry; or create or purchase something that’s meaningful to you that you see every day as a reminder to yourself about the meaning writing holds in your life.