I knew when I really got going on the book that there were places in the writing that reflected my potential. That’s as much as you can ask for as a writer, at least initially. It was a long, long journey. But by the time I had completed a draft of the book, I knew I had something. And yet on the day my agent submitted it to editors I had a mild breakdown and thought, What if nobody wants this? And I spent all these years?
If you read nothing else in this post, read How To Write Your First Book. Newsflash: the biggest, best and brightest writers feel or have felt the exact same anxieties you do. It is wonderful.
I just came across this Poet’s Calendar, showing which major journals are open for submissions when. Very handy!
Fancy a fancy writing residency? Here are the big hitters for 2015.
Villains always have the best houses.
The book market is finally starting to care about female protagonists in novels!
Did you know that Edinburgh City Libraries provide a whole suite of resources to accommodate dyslexic readers?
Life is waiting for you. You might be stuck here for a while, but the world isn’t going anywhere. Hang on in there if you can.
Anyone who has the post-Christmas blues should read (or re-read, or re-re-read) Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive.
…oh, and once I am done reading those, I’ll start on The Millions’ massive list of hotly anticipated 2015 fiction!
“If you’re not an author with a slavish fan following, you’re in a lot of trouble.”
In today’s utterly unsurprising news, Amazon continue to be assholes.
OMG SIMONE LIA’S ‘FLUFFY’ GRAPHIC NOVELS ARE COMING BACK!
As far as “cool” book launches go, it’s hard to beat this! (Cool. Geddit? OK.)
“He writes like an in-flight magazine.”
Submitting to journals? Use the Jo Bell method. (Trust me, it’s good.)
Tights are the work of the devil (leggings rule OK). However, I am tempted by these poetic ones.
While we’re still fascinated by the young world-changers who can barely grow stubble and the 60-year-olds who realize their ‘true passion’ is to raise alpacas/grow wine/renovate houses in France, the concept of a single dream is beginning to look both difficult and oddly obsolete.
17 genuinely useful pieces of life advice from great people, including Sylvia Plath and Terry Pratchett!
& speaking of life advice: some wise words by Amy Poehler got turned into a really cool webcomic.
Withnail & I is one of my favourite movies ever (partly because Paul McGann is lush). So I was really chuffed when my sister sent me these rare behind the scenes photos from the making of it!
Her hobbies included smoking, wearing trousers, martial arts, motor cars, and swearing. She passed her retirement in Cornwall gambling, drinking, and painting – all the while, of course, giving no fucks.
Would you like to see some vintage photos of amazing women with full-body tattoos? Yeah, you would.
A dude on OKCupid (yeah, any sentence that starts with those words spells trouble) attacked a woman for supposedly lying about how fast she could type. So she kicked his ignorant ass.
Losing weight doesn’t make you a more interesting, attractive person. It just makes you thinner. And I don’t buy into thinness as the ultimate goal. Stop indulging weight-loss talk. Assert the fact that you have not bought into the fatphobic and ableist belief that weight loss is the social and ethical holy grail. Tell weight loss to fuck off.
Bethany of Arched Eyebrow being right on as always always.
THIS IS WHERE I WORK, Y’ALL. We do some amazing stuff, if I do say so myself.
This video is absolutely gorgeous, and full of wonderous advice.
The media depiction of women (and men) in 2014 was a bit grim at times. Let’s do better.
& finally, in case you need cheering up after that… just a really pretty song.
Have a great weekend!
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