Okay, I’ll be honest, this is a mostly a books-related Lyse Links. But I think everyone will like it! And I needed an excuse to share this week’s grand caper. And hoo boy do I think you’ll like that one. It’s an intersection of my favorite things–Twitter, a great detective story, and the YA/book community. Continue reading
If you clicked on this post, you probably know what Myers-Briggs/MBTI is. But just in case: Myers-Briggs is a “personality inventory” that defines 16 personalities, described through 4 dichotomies. More at the Myers & Briggs Foundation. Free test at 16 personalities.
Now, I will be blunt. The usefulness/scientificality of MBTI is hotly disputed. I have no interest in arguing that. The MBTI has been immensely helpful to me personally in both understanding myself and others. So I will continue to champion it.
If you’re a little obsessed with MBTI, you find typing other people to be FASCINATING. So I started researching the MBTI types of authors. Continue reading
Ok, let’s talk about a thing that bothers me. (because what else is a blog for??)
You know this idea that readers/bookworms/writers are secluded nerds with no athletic ability or physical fitness?
[If you don’t know, it’s totally a thing. See pictures.]
Logically, this stereotype sorta makes sense. It’s not very easy to read while exercising (although the prevalence of ebooks & audiobooks has made it lots easier!). So when we grow up, we have to choose between reading or playing sports. And most people choose one and mostly ignore the other. It’s a real thing. Bookworms like their tea/coffee & blankets. Inside. Not exercising.
But I have a lots of problems with this stereotype. Not because I don’t like blankets or coziness. (I don’t drink tea or coffee. I knooooow, it’s weird! You can stop throwing things.) Also, not because I think jocks/athletic people can’t be bookish (they definitely can be).
I’ve been very systematically observing bookworms for a few months now (maybe a year? what is time???) and I’ve reached a conclusion.
Lots of readers and writers love moving and being outdoors. Like, really love it.
Writers talk/write/post often about how physical activity helps them sort through plotting/writing issues. They walk. They run marathons. They do yoga (or aerial yoga–looking at you, Gwenda Bond!). And I’m sure many of them are active but don’t post about it.
Readers are the same. I play soccer. I run. Have played sports basically my entire life. Readers carry huge stacks of books. Readers play with their dogs. Readers stand in long lines to meet authors.
But here’s the most irritating thing about this stereotype.
We–the readers, the writers, the lovers of books–perpetuate it. We embrace it.
I’m far more likely to share a funny book meme than something about running. I’m more likely to post a picture of my book than a post-workout selfie. It’s time for that to change.
Can we make bookstagram/booktube/book blogs/etc. encompass all our interests? Can we stop pretending that we all live in book burritos all day?
Can we ditch this idea that readers avoid outdoors and activity at all costs? We’re strong enough to imagine others complexly. (h/t to the Green brothers, obviously)
As a career writer and aspiring fiction author, I really enjoy the writing advice that successful authors offer at conferences. It’s equal parts discouraging reality (12 years to publish??) and encouraging normality (they’re real humans like me!).
I don’t want to recreate all of the keynotes/panels, but I jotted down a few interesting points.
It takes years for the ideas to come together. Several authors have mentioned this concept–basically, the idea for a story starts many, many years before they’re finally able to write it. In some ways, that gives me hope, but Continue reading
I missed this post last week, so lots of links for you now! Continue reading
Here are some articles to keep you occupied until the snow melts away and you resume normal life.
- Why It’s a Problem that Writers Never Talk About Where Their Money Comes From — Money is an interesting topic in the writing world. This author is mostly discussing the fact that writers who only write have to be sponsored by someone.
- The Top-Earning Authors in 2015 — while we’re talking about money and authors, here’s a discussion of what some contemporary authors are making. What I took away: Movies change things a lot.
- Used Bookstores Making A Comeback — another comeback article. I’m fully on-board with used bookstores staying strong, although the predictions on that keep fluctuating.
- How Silicon Valley takes on happiness. If you’re interested in happiness, productivity, coding, or humans, this an article you want to read.
- This Russian spy solved his own murder. Yes, it’s as odd as it sounds. Everything I read about Russia is fascinating and terrifying.
Thoughts on these? Read something interesting that I would like? Let me know in the comments!
As an avid reader, I’m drawn to a lot of articles about books, writing, and the future of bookstores. Here are my recent favorites. Continue reading