Grab Bag of Links

Steve Bucheit “borrowed” this link from Chuck Wendig, and I’m sharing the love: Twenty-five Things Writers Should Stop Doing.” Of course, we all see ourselves in there somewhere.

Jay Lake found this at Mur Lafferty’s: Honesty and Depression

Jay Lake also points out the Tea Party Negotiation Strategy: I still don’t think these people even drink tea!


Let’s talk a little bit about these links in turn, shall we?

Just stop it! You know, if you read Chuck’s post, it basically comes down to put your head down and write, and don’t listen to the little voices in the back of your head, ‘kay? Just do what you do and don’t do what others think you should, or what you think others think you should, or what you think others think the market thinks you should, or what you think others think the market thinks you should that is a sure fire thing.

Oh, and don’t procrastinate. If you want to write, stop playing Nintendo.

Well, yeah. I think that about covers that.


Depression and anxiety: I manage mine. I hit some potholes in 2008. My grandmother died, and my mother had been hiding my older brother as her roommate from me for a few months. And I lost it in a dark, black, lay in a room alone cloud. My journey into medication was going to be temporary, but I discovered something interesting.

One day I was having a conversation with friends, and I also had an internal conversation. It went something like this.

Me: You should say something about that.

Me 2: Wait a second. Did we just think about not blurting something out?

Me: Yeah. Um…I have another crazy idea. Why don’t we formulate what we’re going to say before we say it? Added bonus.

Me 2: Is this what other people think like?

Yes, it turned out that I was a ball of anxiety pretty much all my adult life and didn’t know it until 2008. Make no mistake. I should have been a ball of anxiety, but in the backwards world in which I grew up, we didn’t seek out treatment for one of my bouts of pneumonia, let alone anxiety.

I can say that medication has improved the quality of my life. I get a little dark from time to time, but I can’t see any down side to the meds. Okay, I can’t go on a booze bender. This probably isn’t a downside now that I’m past 40.


Tea Party: Guys, holding your breath until you turn blue is no way to govern. Being stubborn until you get your way suggests that we are being governed by spoiled children, not adults who can compromise, and look to the needs of more people than themselves. That’s just…well, I got no label for that. We’ve got to get you people out of office, if only to protect your constituency from themselves.

Oh. Um…strange thing in Iowa. One of the pro-Gingerich commercials suggested that we had to fight against the “liberal Republican establishment.” Where are these guys?!!! Because I want to throw them a cookout. They need to feel the love.


Okay. Gotta get on this ELA coordinator stuff. These classes aren’t going to staff themselves.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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