The Week’s End – A Round-up of Interesting Stuffs

Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. This week I’ve got podcasts, adult space camp, rainbow flags, writing advice, and baby squid being born like stars. Enjoy!

How Best Selling Author Austin Kleon Writes, Part One – Copy blogger

New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon has been called “one of the most interesting people on the internet” by Te Atlantic magazine, and he stopped by The Writer Files about creativity and the writing life.

I read Austin’s books, Steal Like an Artist and it’s sequel, Show Your Work, a little while back I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made. His books motivated me to become a more creative person by making it seem like such an easy thing to do.

I highly recommend them and this podcast. They discuss reading more than you write, paper dictionaries, “little writing” and “big writing”, writer’s block, and more. I encourage you to check out Austin’s weekly newsletter too. It’s minimal and always full of interesting tidbits.

Adult Space Camp Is A Thing That Actually Exists And We Went To It – Buzzfeed

Chances are, if you were a child at some point in your life you dreamed of going to Space Camp. Here’s what it’s like to live that dream as an adult.

This isn’t new but it is incredibly funny!

I recently started working on a little blog/life project called “100 dream” which is basically a fancy bucket list. One of the items I added to the list was “Go to Space Camp”. Yes, I am that nerdy. Anyway, when I added it I thought I would do a quick search on adults who have gone to space camp to get an idea of how awesome/lame it might be. That’s when I came across this hilarious gem from Buzzfeed.

You have to read it.

A conversation with rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker – Brain pickings on SoundCloud

Harvey Milk … carried a really great message about how important it was to be visible, how important it was to come out… That was the single most important thing — our job, as gay people, was to come out, be visible, to live in the truth… to get out of the lie. And a flag really fit that mission — because that’s a way of proclaiming your visibility.

We are coming to the end of Pride Month, and oh what a Pride Month it was! And as we wind down the celebrations we should take a moment learn a little more about the history of the movement for gay rights. A good start is this article and talk about where the iconic rainbow flag design came from.

It’s actually pretty interesting!

Idioms: To Use or Not To Use? That is the Question – Janice Wald at Reflections

Should you use idioms because as a strong writer you should have a “voice,” or should you veer away from them out of fear your readers won’t understand the expressions native to your country?

I am always looking for writing and blogging advice, even if I never follow it anyway. Reflections is a blog I found just this week that seems to be full of such advice.

The first post I read was this one about using idioms in your writing. I for one LOVE idioms. I also love clichés and aphorisms, and any small saying or quote that to me expresses a truth. I use them a bunch in my writing and they often inspire me to write about something.

I have read that using idioms, clichés, and the like makes you a lazy writer and to that I say, bullshit. I can’t exactly articulate why it is bullshit but it is, for me anyway. I find small sayings and phrases interesting and I like weaving the words of others, and of the culture around me, into my own. There that’s the best I can explain it.

Squid Babies, Born Like Stars

Filmed in the depths of the Monterey Bay, this video reveals the maternal instincts of the Gonatus Squid.

I am a lover of all things cephalopod and this video, while kinda weird, is also kind of interesting. The squid do come out like stars and, as my girlfriend put it, it looks magical.

So, those are my favorite things this past week. Is there anything that caught your eye or made you think this week? If so drop a link in the comments. Thanks!

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