A funny thing can happen around this time — almost partway through the first month of the year, we’re either zipping through with stardust in our hair, or beginning to slog and wondering what happened to 2015 as the big ol’ promise it was. This round of Legacy Links takes stock of — well, taking stock. A collection of links to things about being enough, goal-setting, relieving the headache of self-induced pressure, and some lagniappe thrown in for good measure.
keep going. you’re doing great.
- How to Recover from a Vulnerability Hangover, Jen Louden — “When I don’t feed myself what I make, I starve.”
- Forget Resolutions: What’s Your “Beautiful Question” of 2015?, Warren Berger, Fast Company — “A few years back, a fascinating University of Illinois study found that when people are trying to motivate themselves to do something, questions actually work better than statements or commands.”
- Set Blog & Business Goals for 2015 — Without the Hangover, Kyla Roma — “This year I’ve set up my business and blogging goals for myself in a completely different, radically simple way than I have before, and I’m challenging you to join me.”
- New Year, New You, Grace Quantock — “I don’t believe that in one year, if we work hard enough, are good enough, if we cleanse, detox, manifest, and work on ourselves enough, we will have a perfect life. Maybe this is the perfect life, the one with pains and dropped stitches and jumping cds and wonky photos.”
- The Interaction Between Religion & Mental Health: A Reading List, Longreads Blog — “…Four pieces about the intersection of religion, mental illness, safe spaces and alternative caregiving.”
- Redefining Mental Illness, The New York Times — “The report says that there is no strict dividing line between psychosis and normal experience: ‘Some people find it useful to think of themselves as having an illness. Others prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without.'”
- Being Enough, Jordan Rosenfeld — “Sometimes I want something so badly in my writing life—a certain publication, a certain agent, even a certain level of success—that it becomes a physical sensation in my muscles, all of them taut and straining as if toward a reward dangling in a window just out of reach.”
- On Being Empty: When a Writer Isn’t Writing, Robin Black — “I have no stories inside me, none that are anxious or even willing to emerge. My imagination has taken on aspects of a phantom limb.” (Note: Robin Black wrote one of my favorite books of 2014: Life Drawing.)
- Many Authors’ Earnings Fall Below $500pa, Survey Finds, The Guardian — “Research shows median income for all authors is now below $5,000, though ‘hybrid’ authors who use both traditional and self-publishing are doing best.”
- Study: Online Content Creators Outnumber Consumers 2,000 to 1, The Onion (Note: THE ONION! THIS IS FROM THE ONION!)
- My pal’s new book just came out: Coyote, Colin Winnette | “Like a modern-day Poe, Winnette has fashioned a narrator whose pull on the reader’s sympathy gradually fades as she recounts the aftermath of her daughter’s mysterious disappearance…Winnette’s deeply affecting story is hard to put down and even harder to forget.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
Here’s to your 2015, however it may be.