Friday Jamboree: Amelia Earhart and Magical Thinking

This week was all about reading, writing, interviewing, working, and traveling (not long distances!) for me. Hullabaloo all around. I interviewed an Air Force Pilot for the NorthEast Independent; my first byline in a paper other than my college newspaper’s printed today. Of course, my dad laminated the page. I also interviewed North Kingstown High School students and my old sophomore history teacher because they are creating a memorial to three graduates who died in car crashes; I also saw the ceremony for a giant crane in Quonset. Yeah, it was a big deal. Besides that, I’ve been keeping busy at nights at Subway, reading away my library books (still a couple behind for my goal of 50 books this year!) and visiting friends who are staying at Wheaton. My life is fast-paced – tomorrow, for example, I am eating with family, rushing to the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace to shoot pictures, and then rushing to the Slocum Strawberry Festival for the same reason – but I love it. Coming home to my memory foam is always a plus! Anyway, here are some links that I hope you enjoy!

  • I love Clayton Hauck’s photography (featured above)! Isn’t he great?
  • Lately, I’ve been enamored by Susannah Breslin, a freelancer who knows her shit. She’s like, a goddess or something. Anyway, her latest article Why You Shouldn’t Be A Writer, is super interesting. I can’t really say that it will deter me from doing what I love, though! I’ve also researched her a little more closely and found that she got famous by writing about porn stars. Good read!
  • Since becoming a digital subscriber to The New York Times, I have read many, many articles. So far, I enjoy the Opinion pieces the most. This article, about Amelia Earhart, is fascinating. Who knew that Earhart may have landed on an island? Who knew that the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is now beginning a $2 million search operation for her remains? Fascinating. The article is also not only informative, but inspiring.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do is a must-read. Writer or not, you will get a kick out of this. You can tell by the quote below that this How-To guide is ultimately hilarious:

    A writer’s brain is full of little gifts, like a piñata at a birthday party. It’s also full of demons, like a piñata at a birthday party in a mental hospital. The truth is, it’s demons that keep a tortured writer’s spirit alive, not Tootsie Rolls. Sure they’ll give you a tiny burst of energy, but they won’t do squat for your writing. So treat your demons with the respect they deserve, and with enough prescriptions to keep you wearing pants.

  • Superstition and magical thinking may have positive health benefits, according to this Time article. What’s magical thinking, you ask? Apparently, it’s the ability to treat your thoughts as if they could have a physical effect on the world around you. Reminds me of manifestation. AKA: Optimism is good for you.
  • My college friend Hillary started a fashion blog, Chic en Chocolat! So, so adorable, and good advice, too!
  • We Have to Stop Calling Girls “Crazy.” Yes. Hear hear.
  • I just started reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? this afternoon, during my lunch break, and I am officially hooked. She’s hilarious! And so many cute baby pictures! Definitely into reading female comedians’ memoirs (case in point: Tina Fey’s Bossypants).
  • We all grapple with self doubt at some point in our lives. Leo Babauta offers a guide to overcoming that self doubt that is quite inspirational.
  • I always love reading about how different people approach feminism. While I never really considered myself a “feminist” before, now I don’t know how a woman could not. This could be a whole post, really, about my transformation. Anyway, The Balancing Act of Feminity really makes you think. “Break rules for the sake of progress.” Yes!

What have you been up to this week? Any links that have fascinated you? Comment below! 

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