Week in Review: January 5-9, 2015

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This was not a perfect week in terms of writing and productivity, but it was a better one. I put in place a new daily schedule which worked pretty well. I could tell I was doing better when I had a long lunch with a friend yesterday. In past weeks, that would have turned into an excuse to throw the rest of the day’s schedule (and the work I was going to do) out the window. Yesterday, however, I came back home and finished the work I had planned for the day. Also, you’re reading this weekly review post, which was supposed to be a regular feature starting a couple weeks ago. This is the first time it’s actually been done. So, progress.


If you’ve got some free time to explore some interesting topics this weekend, here are some suggestions.

1) “Parable of the Polygons” by Vi Hart and Nicky Case at Case’s site. This is a wonderful interactive post exploring how certain mindsets and preferences encourage widespread segregation. I think it’s important for writers to be aware of social forces, and this post does a wonderful job exploring one of the most significant social effects in many societies, including the US.

2) “The Tragedy of the American Military” by James Fallows at The Atlantic. I will admit to not having spent much time thinking about the military as an institution. I haven’t had to. This long article explains why that lack of familiarity, taken to a large scale, is bad for our society, our economy, our government, and the military itself. For writers looking for an interesting social phenomenon to consider, this is worth the read.

3) “Witness the Power of This Fully Armed and Operational Writing Shed” by Chuck Wendig at his site. This entertained me, made me a little jealous, and encouraged me to think more about my own approach to workspace.

Last Thought for the Week

And that’s it! A more successful week, something well worth celebrating. It’s been encouraging to see myself growing, always imperfectly, into a better-functioning person. Here’s hoping you’re already there or on a path to it!