Suggestion Saturday: September 20, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, essays, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

The Pumpkin Spice. This is so true.

Death and Grieving as an Atheist via tmamone. There’s a lot of good stuff here.

The Suicide Forest and Overtoun Bridge: What Makes Them So Deadly? via ForteanWriter. This article was written by a friend of mine earlier this month. It’s one of the most interesting things I’ve read so far this autumn.

Children: Like Brain-Eating Zombies but Cuter. It took me ages to pick just one post from this blog to share with my readers. The woman who writes it is extremely funny, so narrowing it down was almost impossible.

Compassion Across Borders: International Disparities in the Vocation of Healthcare Providers. I’d read an entire book on this subject if I could. It’s fascinating.

From I Wasn’t Her Man via Pr4bhas:

Sunday morning, at the cafè I sat
And as I slurped my coffee, she made a face
Quite some etiquette she carried, as she munched away her croissant
Without slurping the coffee, sipped it with a grace.

Earlier this year I recommend the short story excerpt from The Girl With All the Gifts. It was all that was available at the time, but now that the full-length book is out I wanted to talk about it again.

This is the tale of a little girl who lives in a highly militarized, post-apocalyptic world. She’s fed once a week, can’t remember the last time she left the bunker that holds all of the rooms and the classroom. What’s even odder is how afraid all of the soldiers are of her.

If you’re read the short story, you know what I’m leaving out. If you haven’t, this is as many spoilers as I’m willing to give you. The wait was worth it, though. I loved the book every bit as much as I loved the original excerpt.

Science fiction and horror fans, this is a great choice for you.

What have you been reading?

The 5-Minute Rule

Someone asked me recently how I’ve managed to slowly tame my email inbox. First of all, I should say that this is still a work in progress. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I’ve had a lot of success with the 5-minute rule. The whole thing started earlier this year when I began…

Wifi Is a Need

While trying to figure out what to blog about today I received word that my Internet access might be a little spotty this week. The reptilian part of my brain that used to only squeak when I received word of a particularly violent storm or other, real emergency headed my way woke up. “Wait, no Internet?…

Suggestion Saturday: September 13, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, history lessons, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Writing About Sex via RoseW007.  I’d love to hear my reader’s thoughts on this topic. Is writing stories about sex more controversial than writing about violence in your social circles? Curiosity. Fear. Love.  Sometimes…

6 Reasons Not to Write About No Good Terrible Horrible Very Bad Days

Earlier this week I came across an insightful link from  Laura L. Hedgecock about why you should write about no good terrible horrible very bad days. Normally bloggers write these kind of responses to things they vehemently disagree with, but I actually agree with much of what Laura has to say. The purpose of this reply is…

Red Rabbit

I’m sharing this short film about a man who can’t convince a gigantic rabbit to leave his apartment with my readers for the following reasons: I love rabbits. Storytelling that doesn’t involve words utterly fascinates me. The body language and facial expressions are absolutely perfect. The main character’s journey is a great metaphor for so many…

Cat Identity Theft and Other Misunderstandings

Earlier this week while walking down the street I noticed an odd advertisement on the side of a truck. Cat Identity Theft Is what I thought I read. Toronto is an extremely diverse city.  No matter what your hobby, belief, or identity is, there is almost guaranteed to be at least one business or activity…

Suggestion Saturday: September 6, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Question via STBeals. Rude? Maybe. (Although so was the original question). Effective? Yes. 15 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone At All (Though You Think You Do). This is great. The Witness.  What I liked the most about…

The Compliment Challenge

I’ve been on Twitter for almost 6 years now. One of the things I like the most about it is interacting with the wide variety of people I’ve met there: asexuals, artisans, atheists, authors, altruists, anabaptists, academics, acrobats, agnostics, and activists. And that’s just the first letter of the alphabet. Yesterday J.D. decided to give his…

The Expedition

I have to admit to being suspicious of this film when I first came across it. How on earth do you tell a compelling story in 49 seconds? The answer made me smile. I think my readers will like it as well.