Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

I don’t usually do a video for inspiration, but thought this video was so powerful, and had so much story in it. Something about the little boy in a doctor’s coat, treating battle-torn adults not only tugged my heartstrings, but made my writer’s brain churn. Definitely worth the watch, though be warned it is about the Syria conflict and is rather violent and graphic.

Issues

Though I really have no connection to it, Ferguson really affected me. So much so that I wrote an entire post about it. But I recently found this post which highlights the issue around the Ferguson events, and that this is not just a one-time tragedy, it is a pattern. And clearly, a large part of it is about race, whether we want to admit it or not.

Words of Wisdom

You’ve probably heard this quote before, but I think this is important for writers. This is part of what I love about books and what I try to do through my writing. Everything else will fade, but words and their feelings remain. Despite time, distance, and language, words never cease their ability to connect us.

This Week's Quote: Maya Angelou

 

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Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Sorry I missed the post last week, as you may know I’ve been sick lately. But here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

These beautiful, haunting, surreal photographs.

   

The second two are by Kyle Thompson, who is a phenomenal photographer and artist, and more than worth looking up.

Issues

This week has been one of tragedies. Two huge celebrity deaths, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and the ongoing violence in Ferguson. I think it is so important that we let Robin William’s death and suicide bring to light an often avoided topic–mental illness, depression, and suicide. I have heard many different reactions to this, varying from celebration to damnation, saying he made a weak, selfish choice and left his family behind. But I think a lot of people with that reaction have never experienced anything close to what it is like to wrestle with depression. For them, and everyone else, I have this video. I’ve also heard it compared to those who jump out of burning buildings–they don’t want to jump, but it feels like the only alternative to being burned alive, but the people on the ground don’t understand unless they have been in a burning building themselves. And this video captures something I think is so hugely important for how we deal with and talk about his death. Regardless of how you feel, he was an amazing man who touched so many lives, and it hurts my heart that he was in so much pain he saw no other option.

Words of Wisdom

Being sick and stuck in bed this week, I really felt this next one. I love books because they give me freedom, even if I feel stuck in this sick body.

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Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

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Issues

When people think of human trafficking, they usually think of third world countries, places far away. But they forget that it exists, right here at home, and is just as much of a problem–but it is a problem that most people don’t see, or choose not to.

This powerful spoken word poem speaks for itself.

Words of Wisdom

I love Rumi–another great quote that is so true for us writers.

© Katie Daisy

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Short post this week, since as you know I am in the middle of the moving. Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

For awesome character inspiration and photos like these, check out this character board.

The Witness - Character inspiration #writing #nanowrimo #face    India

Issues

Check out this powerful slam poem and video, with a message about expectations and body image that I think every girl and woman should hear.

Words of Wisdom

I think this is the one and only reason people should write. I write because there are stories inside of me, that have to come out. I write because I don’t know any other way to be.

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

These four are from a series by Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova. I think each one has so much whimsy and story in it, and had to share.

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Issues

Despite the positive body image movements, I think it is still something we struggle with as a nation, and all around the world. Thankfully, leaders in our culture (celebrities, popular brands, etc.) have started to join in this push against impossible perfection. Two awesome music videos I found this week, Try by Colbie Caillat, and You & I by John Legend, are fantastic (and emotional) illustrations of that. Definitely worth checking out. 

Words of Wisdom

As writers, we are naturally in tune with our imagination. But I think these words go further than creativity or imagination–don’t forget to be curious, to be amazed by the world around you, or even the craft you love. Don’t get so caught up in writing as a business that you forget why you loved it in the first place.

♥ Something I always said to her.....I hope you dance!!

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

I thought I’d share some awesome art I found while searching inspiration for Nightfire. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Issues

You may have heard of the relatively infamous “Proud Whopper” from Burger King (if you haven’t, check it out here). Basically, it’s a whopper wrapped in rainbow paper, with the phrase: “We’re all the same inside”. I love the idea. Some people are criticizing them for being fake activists, and actually not being helpful at all, but I think it’s a nice gesture. I mean, they’re still a corporation. I think this is a great way for them to get involved and show support. It’s under “issues” because I am disgusted by a lot of the reactions (seriously, read them) I think it’s ridiculous, in 2014, people are boycotting BK because of rainbow paper, calling it the “fag burger” or “sodomy burger” (also thought one rebuttal was particularly hilarious, that straight people are a lot more focused on gay sex than actual gays are. It’s true, though. There’s so much more to it than that). Anyways, I won’t get too ranty. Go check it out, and see for yourself. BK: 1 Humanity: -1

Words of Wisdom

I absolutely love this quote. I think it captures my writing style, and writing itself, so well.

Writing inspiration from Walt Whitman and Figment

Worthy of the Week

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Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by, here is this Friday’s Worthy of the Week, a weekly breakdown of things worth sharing. If you like what you see, feel free to join in! Just post your link in the comments, and I’ll stop by 🙂 Check out the others here

Inspiration

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Issues

So you may or may not have heard about the controversy this week, over the Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Hobby Lobby” case. Basically, the Supreme Court ruled that companies could deny employees birth control because of the company’s religion. So A: yet another legislation (passed by all men, only one sided with women) regulating women’s bodies, while there remains no legislation regulating men. B: companies allowed to force their religious beliefs on their employees (doubt they’d have the same reaction if it was Muslims forcing employees to cover their hair). And C: companies and sex cells (not even fertilized eggs) are people and have more rights than women. How can you not be upset??

My favorite tweet on the subject: “we have literally arrived at the point where we let party supply stores tell women what to do with their bodies.” – @lawblob Also, if you think we are overreacting, watch this video. It might seem like a small thing, but it is part of decades of fighting for women’s rights, and this is a huge step backwards. It also opens to the doors to all kinds of claims and rights violations on the grounds of “company religion”. Since when is that a thing?

Words of Wisdom

As CampNaNoWriMo started this week, I am learning yet again the value of my peers in the writing community. All of you, you are great. 🙂

Collaborate.