Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. – Ray Bradbury
I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to in 2016, and since 2017 is going to be a very busy year, I won’t have enough time to read many books, so instead I’m taking the Ray Bradbury challenge, which requires you to:
- Read one story, one poem and one essay every night for 1000 nights, and
- Write one short story every week for 52 weeks.
Since I have also resolved to read more diversely this year, I’m also going to read one blog post each day.
Every week, I’m going to share the best pieces I’ve read online here. Through this challenge, I hope to grow not only as a reader and writer, but also as a person.
Everything on John Montesi’s blog
Eye candy that reflects a terrible truth.
More great flash fiction: Dad Always Said; Chameleon; One Tuesday; Charming the Perch; Great Girls; Punch Buggy; A Smooth, Shallow Cut; Nothing and Everything; The Mark; The Call of the Void; Autumn; The Bad Element; Kicked Out of Dance Class.
People respond to Trump’s Muslim Ban with powerful cartoons.
Flash fiction: The Unwinnable Fight; If Wishes Were Horses; Remembering Haley; A Funeral in Winter; Climbing the Corporate Ladder; The Fattest Dog in the World; Late for Lunch; The Saving Breath; Assessment Complete; The Hidden Relic; Spilled Milk.
Jenny Lawson is hosting the Second Annual Booksgiving on her blog.
Flash Fiction: A Time for Horror; The Catalyst Diet; The Night Cindy Died; Sophie; Ugly; The Seek; Halloween Coming Out; Butter Face; Resolution; Andy Warhol, or My Tautologist Said the Same; Strikethrough
A love story from the Holocaust; What it was like to love Oliver Sacks; A note on a minimalist lifestyle; Famous authors who got rejected; A different perspective on rejection; A better way of celebrating Women’s Day
Know What You Write; Writing to Survive: A Father on the Death of His Young Son; When Your Hometown is Crammed With Aspiring Writers; Friends in Low Places; A Prisoner’s View of the Trump Administration; Why We Need More Trans Protagonists for Kids; RudeTube; Instead of Writing, I Watched Trains; Confronting Death with an 8-Year-Old through Harry Potter
Rabindranath Tagore – the first songwriter to win the Nobel; Lessons from the Garden for Writers; When to Stop Editing; De-Muslimization; Accidental Origins of Beloved Books; Life Advice from Adrienne Rich; Metanoia
Eye Candy: The Light of Faith
Essays: Falling Half in Love with Strangers; A Black Boy’s Childhood on Ice; Choosing a book for Donald Trump; My daughter’s birth; A 13-Year-Old Pakistani Girl on A Mission to Read the World; How to Tell A Refugee’s Story
Eye Candy: Art of Friendship
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door; Tim Ferriss on How He Survived Suicidal Depression and His Tools for Warding Off the Darkness; Jeong Kwan, the Philosopher Chef; This Is Why Rejection Is Actually A Good Thing For Writers; How I Changed My Name
For Writers: Why Literary Journals Don’t Pay; Four “Types” of Creative Writing “Careers”;“Write What You Know” is Not Good Writing Advice; The Difficulty of Being a Writer in Prison; The Power of Stories in a Complex World; Writing in a Library
Jamaica Kincaid on How to Live and How to Write; Virginia Woolf: There Are Way Too Many Personal Essays Out There; How to find your voice; John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction; Franz Kafka, the Ultimate Self-Doubting Writer
“You Can’t Just Do That”; The comfort of familiar things; Testing the Waters; What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger; breaking the surface; Hillary’s Laugh; Don’t Look; Documenting My Father’s Last Days; Losing a Pet in an Autistic Household; The Rom-com App; What your days look like; Roxane Gay on Daring to Be Fat; The Price Tag of Being a Woman
Eye Candy: The Bonneville Salt Flats
For Writers: On the Beauty of Literary Compression; How to Get Out of the Slush Pile; Committing to the Mistake and Writing in the Age of That Guy; LETTER TO AN UNDERGRADUATE WRITING CLASS; When a Lifelong Editor Becomes a Novelist
Hold thy tongue (and loosen thy pen); When I Worked as an Assistant to My Hero, Adrienne Rich; What Happens to Fiction When Our Worst Climate Nightmares Start Coming True?
Eye Candy: Tête-à-tête: The art of conversation
Fiction: Pumpkin Scones
Idaho: What Makes Love Last?; Sintra: A Tale of Two Castles; Ode to Me; After Losing 113 Pounds, Diet Alone is Not Enough to Keep the Weight Coming Off
Eye Candy: Faces of Afghanistan
Fiction: One Day Music Came
Eye Candy: Art of Imperfection
Essay: Anniversary Disease
Fiction: The Locker
Eye Candy: Water
TED Talk: Thoughts on humanity, fame and love
And the best thing I’ve ever read: I feel it in my bones
Fiction: The Stars and the Rain