First off: thank you to the brilliant colleagues, friends, and readers who have been so supportive about the new Journal design. I’ve been gobsmacked and reinvigorated by the feedback. And now that it’s 2015, I feel ready to sink into the Work. Rest. Love. mantra that you can see above — and that’s available as a print here, too — as well as other assorted touchstones for the year, all scrawled down and muttered in half-dreaming.
For today, I’ve brought you a round-up of links. Do enjoy with tea and a biscuit. Or kale chips! Whatever gets your motor revving.
- Alexandra Franzen has an entirely new site design up, and cited me as one example in her post about 50+ ways to make money as a writer.
- Why Accepting Yourself May Be Better Than Changing, via HuffPost Live, featuring wellness provocateur Grace Quantock.
- I taught a workshop at the inaugural NYC BinderCon symposium for women and gender non-conforming writers in 2014. Now I watch this three-minute video about the experience to bolster myself in the mornings.
- Molly Morrissey has been — as I have — making a bit of a shift in what she offers. Her recent writings about how this process is going offer insight into what it’s like to claim terms such as “visionary” and “artist” for the first time.
- According to Aeon, “broken sleep” is a golden time for creativity. Considering that 4am is a normal wake-up time for me, I found this article (via smarty-pants and caftan-lover Rachel Syme) to be fascinating.
- Briallen Hopper, whom I’ve had the privilege of getting to know a bit over the last year, wrote a beautiful piece about Marilynne Robinson and religion in the Gilead “trilogy.” “We who love her books read them because they give us what we miss, a specter of a stripped simplicity we’ve lost or never had, imbued with a fullness of meaning that we can hardly bear.”
- I bought this EPIC BLOG editorial planner for 2015, suspecting that I would regret the decision once it arrived. Guess what? It arrived! J’adore!
Enjoy the rest of your weekends, y’all. If you need a book recommendation, I just finished Euphoria by Lily King and found it to be gorgeous and devastating — it reminds me a bit of The End of the Affair, plus Mating — and am now descending upon Loitering, a book of Charles D’Ambrosio essays.