Just in case you’ve been wondering what I do all day, I’ve been consulting for this project: iHRIS: Open Source Health Workforce Information Solutions. It’s an open source software development project, run by a nonprofit, to create human resources information systems for managing health workforces in low-resource settings. Not terribly sexy work, perhaps, but useful work.
I mostly take care of the website and write content for the blog and social networks. I’m also putting together a toolkit of the most useful tools and documentation to help implement the software. That’s a long-term project that should be finished in June.
January is International Creativity Month, apparently. Creativity = play. Let’s all take some time to play today, and every day.
Quote from Tracing Echoes: Quotes I Love: Creativity Quotes, where there are a bunch more to inspire you.
It has become the norm to blog about every teeny-tiny facet of daily life, from cooking to getting dressed to home organization to raising children. I think these blogs have set an unreasonable standard for daily living, though. If you follow enough of them, you start to think that everything must be absolutely perfect all the time. This is a pretty old article at Jezebel, but it gets at what I’m talking about, and also shows that this insidious behavior has been going on for far too long.
As I walk around my cluttered, slightly dirty house, eating cold leftovers out of the Tupperware container, I have to wonder whether perfect should really be the goal. Not every meal has to be a gourmet experience, just so it can be documented on Instagram. We don’t have to love absolutely every t-shirt in our closets or banish it to Goodwill, as some fashion or minimalists bloggers exhort us; sometimes we just need something to wear. Every crafty project I have found on Pinterest and tried with my kid has failed utterly, but when we wing it and do what we feel, we generally have a good time.
Let’s make 2014 the year of not being perfect. Not reaching the perfect weight. Not having the perfect house or the perfect wardrobe or perfect children. Not living the perfect life. And being okay with that. No…loving that.
Who cares what it’s about? It is a very pretty book.
I have been rearranging my books, necessitated by a large Christmas haul of mostly beloved classics. I hate to admit it, but I mostly organize my bookshelves based on aesthetics– books all the same height together, for instance, or a publisher’s similar designs together. In this latest rearranging, I noticed how many black and white and silver books I had, and how nicely they go together on the shelf. Then I went through my husband’s books and picked out some of his b&w books that looked interesting. If I read them and like them, I may steal them to fill out my shelf.
I’ve always really been attracted to Penguins, especially from the Penguin Classics line with their black covers. Now I’m starting to notice that Vintage has some very attractive books, also mostly in muted or neutral colors. I have no trouble passing on books once they’ve been read, but those pretty books, they earn their place on my limited shelf space.
I do most of my reading on Kindle, but I still love print books, mostly just love looking at them and browsing through them. I especially love minimalist covers or anything that looks pulpy and vintage. What do you look for in a book cover?
Book cover: Nocturnes | Knopf Doubleday.
A writer’s notebook is the best way in the world to immortalize bad ideas. My idea about a good idea is one that sticks around and sticks around and sticks around. — Stephen King
Stephen King doesn’t think writers should keep notebooks. I find that when something is niggling at my brain, and I write it down in a notebook, I immediately forget all about it and sleep soundly. Maybe this is why I am not a best-selling mega-writer like Mr. King?
via Explore – A writer’s notebook is the best way in the world….
Since I didn’t post yesterday, and I’ve pledged to post every (week)day this year, here’s a bonus post. Although, I am cheating a little since I previously posted this on my book journaling blog.
I love book lists. What reader doesn’t? Although who actually reads all the books on a book list before getting distracted and moving on to something else? Like perusing more book lists!
I have been thinking about my upcoming reading for the next year and looking at a lot of book lists. Some of my favorite discoveries have been on ABE’s site, a store that sells rare books. Their features archive has a ton of fascinating book lists, all showcasing the gorgeous first edition covers. Although I suspect that some of these books don’t actually exist, such as Kitty Lit – Cats on Classic Book Covers.
Next year I’m going to try some theme reading that will last all year long. One theme is to read around the world, sampling books either set in or by authors from countries not my own. Another will be a sample of different types of crime fiction, a genre I haven’t read in-depth in quite a while. I also might choose books based on the events of the day. Book lists are going to help me find the books.
Here are some more book-listing sites:
Last night, my husband and I instituted reading night. We didn’t turn on the TV, and instead read and listened to music during that time. I was worried I would be tired or sleepy to spend the entire evening reading, but I actually enjoyed it. I went to bed relaxed, and I made a good dent in the book I’m reading. It’s easy to get in a rut and just turn on the TV every night. I hope we’re able to keep up reading night, and maybe we’ll also add a game night to the week.