This article, The Mentor Myth, by Joanna Goddard is enlightening. For those of us that aren’t privileged enough to have mentors, Joanna makes the case that you can have mentors from afar. One of her mentors is Michelle Obama. I wish I had thought of this idea decades ago. I’m making a list of my mentors from afar tonight. Michelle Obama is at the top of the list.
I’ve decided to keep a Commonplace Book. I like the idea of it because it’s a more organized system than what I have going on right now: post-it notes, my phone notes app, and several documents where I type or transfer in my various thoughts and ideas, etc. I’m excited to give this new system a try.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but another month is flying back. In a way that’s good because I want 2020 to just be over. Goodbye. Farewell. Go away. Then again, I don’t want life to just rush by. I guess I can’t have my cake and eat it too. On to reading links.
This is a very long read, but it’s a very good read. It’s about The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel by The New Yorker. If you like reading about interesting women who’ve made a positive impact in the world, then I recommend this article.
So You Want To Write? “I think that reading is so crucial. It’s how you learn what happens in novels and how to put them together and how you start thinking about it.” – Brit Bennet
Hi, there! So, I bought the audio book for The Heir Affair from Audible. It’s the sequel to The Royal We. Have you read it? It is partially inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but completely fiction. I enjoyed the first book so much. Apparently the whole world did as well, which is why there is a sequel. Hooray for fun sequels!
I’m currently reading The Grimaldis of Monaco. It is so good!! It reads like historical fiction, except it’s all real. Those Princes of Monaco were bad boys. I’m simultaneously reading Paris to the Moon, a collection of essays inspired by the author’s time of living in Paris.
I’m not sure how good June was to you, but I sure hope July will treat you better. Remember, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay safe! Here is a mix of reading links, not all are related to one or the other, but interesting nonetheless.
What Is Owed. “As we focus on police violence, we cannot ignore an even starker indication of our societal failures: Racial income disparities today look no different than they did the decade before King’s March on Washington.” A very powerful essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times.
I have to admit, I’m surprised at how many confederate statues there are. Every day there is yet another story of protestors tearing down a statue. I say, good for them. Tear them down faster.
I don’t understand people who say you can’t learn about history (and the Civil War) without the racist statues. To them, I say: I’ve learned so much about so many countries and world events without ever setting foot in those countries. It’s called reading.
I’m writing a book where Nikita Khrushchev loiters in the background. I’ve never seen a statue of him (nor was I able to invent a time machine and travel to the USSR circa 1959) yet I know who he was and what he stood for.
Have you learned anything about something without visiting the country where the event took place?
DW has a really cool series of short videos called Meet the Germans. It’s all about German culture as discovered by a British woman living in Germany with her German husband. Super fun and interesting!
Another week is drawing to a close, though each week seems to melt into the next. This weekend is the official start of summer and I plan to celebrate it. I don’t know how quite yet (maybe a scenic drive) but I will do something to commemorate it. Also, I have a new thing I’m doing. I listen to the ocean sounds while I work. Sometimes it’s the rainforest or a waterfall. It helps with stress and makes for a nicer work day.
As you can image, things are awful. I’m upset, horrified and angered that people in the United States of America continue to be murdered every day (yes, every day) because of systematic racism and police brutality.
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This was an interesting read about how boredom can spark creativity. I do love being bored and having a lot of downtime. Though it hasn’t resulted in a masterpiece yet. Here’s hoping.
Just when I was telling you that I’m not going to buy any more of the Penguin Clothbound Classics, look what I found: this Sanditon edition. Of course, I couldn’t resist ordering it and it’s on the way. Yippee!
I’m working on a series of novels (Book 1 is in the editing phase, Book 2 needs to be rewritten and Books 3, 4 and 5 are in the draft outline phase) set during the Cold War. So, I thought I would make today’s reading links all about the Cold War.
Not about the Cold War, but set during the Reagan administration: Dee Snider on PMRC Hearing: I Was a Public Enemy. Dee Snider of the band Twisted Sister talks about his senate hearing. It’s a fascinating read because he is being brutally honest and doesn’t mind calling people on their hypocrisy. I had no idea that this was even an issue in the 1980s. Sometimes I wonder if politicians create drama and waste taxpayer money because they have too much time on their hands. (Sounds like Dee would agree with me.)