A couple of things across the world wide web that have inspired me this week.
Man overboard? Toss him a good book!
I love reading, as you probably all well know by now. I doubt reading had to be advertised to me as a child – I’d pinch the Tintin cartoons my brothers brought home from school before they could sit down to read them (probably doing them a disservice, since they were undoubtedly being given them to practice their literacy skills…oops). These vintage adverts for libraries and reading made me smile this week, the first one especially made me giggle.
Which is your favourite?
A list for a new decade
Sometimes I think it takes someone else’s to do list to realise some of the things you’re missing in your own life. I love writer and blogger Meg Free’s post 30th birthday list. Some things don’t really apply to my life or I’m not inclined to do (she will wear heels whereas I will go barefoot), but others are spot on and beautifully put…I think we should all “throw kindness around like confetti”!
If you made a list for your next decade, what would be on it?
Cosy winter crochet project
These chunky alpaca rugs could be just the thing to warm your toes as you get out of bed on a cold winter’s day. Why not buy the wool and print out the free pattern as a thoughtful and crafty Christmas present for a special friend? I know I’d love to receive that gift.
Have you ever been given a crafty present?
A writer’s manifesto
A thoughtful piece on authorship and the digital age by Joanne Harris. It made me think of all those people who hound popular authors like George R. R. Martin to finish their next book. I don’t think I could ever presume to do that to an author. A good thing will take time and often because it is delayed will bring more pleasure and gratification. As an aspiring writer, I know how difficult it is to even sit down and complete a book let alone go through a lengthy publishing and gruelling promotion process. Maybe as readers we should learn to practice a little patience and savour each sentence rather than gobbling up the action (something I confess I am guilty of).
What do you think about how readers and writers interact in the digital age?
The perfect autumn cookie. I recently had a craving for them, so I used this recipe substituting honey for the syrup and wholemeal spelt for the plain flour (use what you have at home, right?). It made quite a big batch, so I’m going to take some into work for my colleagues to enjoy.
What’s your perfect cookie (and can you share the recipe)?
What’s inspired you this week? Share your ideas and links below.