Link Love Friday By the Numbers

NaNo count: 31,104 words

It’s hard to imagine how much one thing can really dictate the day for you. Yesterday I spent the day working, but my focus was on my daughter’s boyfriend. He’s upstairs right now getting over pneumonia. He came for a weekend. Last week. Poor kid was burning up and there was a point where we discussed seriously heading to the hospital again. Luckily, the antibiotics finally took hold and his fever broke for what appears to be the final time.

Despite the worry, I managed a new client project that I’d hoped to get out yesterday. As I hit send, in came yet another project (three, actually). I’m tired thinking about all I have to get done.

Today is a phone call with a client and some roughing in of two articles due in December. Then I hope to get back to NaNo, which was a struggle to get to given the pneumonia worry.

So it’s link love time. The ironic thing about these posts are that each one was chosen for its content, but that the whole of them are numeric in nature. Here’s what I mean:

12 Places to Find Freelance Writing Gigs: You Demand Media hangers-on take heed – Susan Johnston is giving you a road map to better work. Use it.

30 Ways to Generate Writing & Blogging Ideas: Anne Wayman sends us ideas just when we need them (or maybe I’m projecting).

3 Simple Healthy Habits for Writers: Thank you, Sharon Hurley Hall, for bringing us this guest post reminding us that we can’t do our best without fueling our vessels properly (Ntathu Allen is the author).

Four Steps to Building a Platform: Meryl Evans gives simple advice for building and maintaining the personal platform.

Feel free to share your link. What’s inspiring you this week?

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  • Devon Ellington November 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Hope he feels better soon!

    What's inspiring me? The local writers' association. So many new opportunities have opened for me from just Wednesday night's dinner. It's a case of juggling them and fitting them in, because they feed into the long-term goals, while still not dropping the ball on any short terms.

  • Lori November 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    What a great inspiration! Super that there are potential gigs attached, too.

    His temp went spiky again late last night, but right now, holding steady in the 99 region…

  • Colin Galbraith November 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    This week's inspiration has come from two rather vivid and scary dreams I had: a ghost story and an oceanic thriller, no less!

    Also, the lyrics from one of my favourite bands, Arab Strap, is once again playing on my mind and causing some rather odd poetic verse to land on the page.

    Gotta roll with it though eh?

    Have a great weekend!

  • Paula November 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    A neighbor is inspiring me. She's a talented seamstress and fiber artist – especially felting. Got an e-mail from her this morning saying she'd finally got her felting act in order and has several pieces at the local art guild's Holiday Sale this weekend. I could do that…maybe. I mean she's a true artist, I'm still on the felting learning curve.

  • EP November 18, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the link to "Four Steps to Building a Platform." Not only was I unaware of what a platform was, I didn't even know that I had been trying to build one for years – although not as efficiently as I might have been. Interesting thoughts.

  • Lori November 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Roll with it indeed, Colin. Nice inspirations. 🙂

    Paula, you have the most interesting hobbies! I'd look at felt and think "Wow. Can't see a single use for it." You look at it and see projects. I'm envious.

    Bridget, that one sparked my interest, too.

  • Paula November 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Ah, Lori – felting isn't about using felt, it's about making felt…..

    You can felt old wool/natural fiber sweaters; you can knit or crochet wool/natural fibers into piece or objects to be felted; you can needle felt wool roving into designs on felted materials; and you can do wet felting, which is a little like making paper out of wool. I haven't tried wet felting yet, but my sister made some great Christmas gifts for us last year when she and a fiend tried wet felting.