Wolf & Word Notebook #16

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Hey everyone, how’s 2014 treating you so far? I’ve had a great week; the weather has been gorgeous and I’ve gotten a lot of things organised in my household which is a great feeling. Here are a few things that are inspiring me this week:

ONLINE

Author and writing coach Sarah Selecky shared a retrospective of her favourite posts from 2013 which are well-worth checking out. I particularly liked Tigers on a gold leash. I love Sarah’s writing style and her advice. She also hosts The Little Bird Writing Contest which is an annual short-story writing competition. If short stories are your thing you should definitely consider entering.

I love this post from Zee Southcombe listing 20 ways to support a Writer. It lists practical ways to support the writers you know, and a great reminder of how we can help and support each other.

Zee’s great blog was brought to my attention via Google Plus, namely a fantasy writers community I belong to. When it comes to supportive fellow writers, there are some really great communities and authors to be found over at Google Plus.  If you are on G+ why don’t you add me to your circles?

This post from Sarah Prout about Balancing the Online and Offline Worlds really spoke to me this morning.  One of my goals this year is better use of my time on social media, more connecting and less aimless scrolling! I do need to adjust my morning routine, and I think it’s important to do some real living before jumping straight into the online world.

I was lucky enough to win a spot in Sarah’s Sprout Mastermind group late last year. It’s a great group full of inspiring women and I cannot wait to get stuck into the new training modules.  If you are interested in applying for the next intake of members go here now, applications close on January 12!

Speaking of an online/offline balance it seems as though John Anthony James will have that pretty much covered in the future when it comes to his writing lifestyle. I really enjoyed this post because this kind of routine sounds dreamy and it got me thinking about my dream lifestyle.

OFFLINE

I finally watched Season 1 Episode 1 of the BBC series Sherlock. I’m not sure why I waited so long; this show is really well done, and the casting seems to be perfect. I can’t wait to watch some more.

I got to catch up on the most recent instalments of two of my favourite comics, Lazarus from Greg Rucka, Michael Lark and Santi Arcas, and Velvet from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. Great writing with kick-ass female leads and awesome art? Yes please.

Lazarus Velvet

And now I have a three day weekend to spend with my three favourite people on the planet!

How do you think you do with the online/offline balance thing?

What’s inspiring you this week?

If you’ve written something great or read something you’ve loved this week and want to share, let me know in the comments. Links are most welcome – I’d love some extra reading over the weekend.

  P.S. Don’t forget – you can still link up to my monthly writing challenge. Add your blog post around the monthly prompt [this month the word is fresh] to my link-up here.The link-up will close on Thursday.

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