Happy Friday! I just spilled a big glass of water all over myself (thank god it wasn't coffee, yeah?) so the day is off to a smashing start! I'm hoping that before I get to the links that I can ask you guys for a bit of a favor! Well, two, really!
The first is that if you are in London or have photography-loving friends in London, make sure that they know about The Photo Hunt! Ticket sales close on Tuesday so that we can match up the teams, so you have a few days left to grab your tickets and spread the word!
The second is that I need to know your favorite horror films! Well, I don't need to know, but we're planning a Horror Movie Screening Week for our flat and need some ideas. I have a hefty list running, but I'm sure I've left some off! If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments! I might even make a horror movie drinking game printable if I have time next week! :)
+ I can't read this Game of Thrones Travel Guide because I've only finished the second book and first season of the show, but I'm sure it's fantastic. If you're caught up, have a look, but don't spill the beans!
+ These Photoshop brushes look awesome!
+ "When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend." (The Psychology of Getting Unstuck.)
+ I would follow Tilda Swinton to the ends of the Earth. And steal her (wackadoodle) wardrobe.
+ Why being objectified is different than being admired.
+ 10 Steps to Executive-Level Confidence. This is the usual advice, but it warrants repetition.
+ I've had this recipe open in a tab for over a week (and even had someone translate it to English for me since I don't trust Google Translate for recipes) and still haven't made it. It's happening this weekend or I'm going the store-bought route, because damn, I want some cheesecake.
+ I love this: Reading as Traveling.
+ While I absolutely advocate for engaging your readership/fanbase/followers by replying thoughtfully to comments, emails, and tweets, there's some solid advice here: "You don't have to respond to anyone on Twitter. Ever.." Also, this quote: "And then came the notifications, which are multiplying shockingly—'someone favorited a tweet you once looked at sideways while creeping on your ex's follower list!'"
+ I'm fairly certain I've said this before, but On Writing is a great read and I think necessary reading if you want to call yourself a writer. Also, if you want to rid yourself of the overuse of adverbs (which you should). Anyway, here's another reason to take a look at it: The Art of 'Creative Sleep'.
+ I think the internet has adequately and rightfully (there I go not taking my own advice) called this article out on being a big, steaming pile of crap. Apologies if you were witness to my Twitter rant on it the other day. Here are 8 more bullshit articles that women should avoid.
+ I have a few issues with this, but I mostly find My Harassers interesting so I'll tuck my uneasiness into my pocket for now.
+ Neil Gaiman on why our futures depend on libraries, reading, and daydreaming.
+ "A true cynic about American politics would, at this point, be forced to one conclusion: Sen. Ted Cruz is a Democratic sleeper agent." If only, right?
+ I get asked a lot about free photo editing resources, I use the Adobe Suite, but this looks good!
+ Many congrats to the sweet Freya on her birthday and recent engagement! Look at all that happiness!
+ Nicholas Sparks confirmed my fears.
+ I think that this project is so cool.
+ Having a shit day? Here you go!
+ Rebranding the Redskins.
+ Ugh. Way to be gross. This is what they should have said: "Catton is a writer of rare insight and intelligence, who is at the vanguard of the evolution of the novel." Notice how that didn't rely on a reference to her pretty blonde hair?
+ Is $65 too much to spend on an apron? Because this one is everything.
+ On turning a hobby into a business.
+ Ryan and I saw this map and love it! I think it's going to be the next addition to the flat to help us keep track of our adventures!
+ You guys. My love for Tim Gunn is endless.
+ How Aja Brown is transforming the city of Compton.
+ The Embarrassment of Complexity.
+ I hate to end on a kind of ranty note, but, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
+ Actually, let's end on something pretty. Here's my favorite Instagram of the week via @littlellama.
Happy, happy Friday!