Five Finds for the Fifth – February 2016 Edition

3695647200_466c063223_zAs usual, it’s time for me to share five of the cooler writing related things I’ve found over the course of the last month.

It has been a busy month for me in terms of content creation, so I’ve actually been a little bit lower on the content consumption front.  I guess that’s a trade I’d be willing to make, but it does leave me with less awesome stuff than usual.

Anyway, let’s take a look.

1.) Before I Go by Paul Kalanathi

Dr. Kalanathi was a Stanford neurosurgeon who died of lung cancer in 2015 at the age of 37.  Before I Go is an article Dr. Kalanathi wrote about the experience of time as both a resident and cancer patient.  It is well worth reading.

Dr. Kalanathi was also able to use his last months to write a book, When Breath Becomes Air.  It has been well received and is on my to-read list.


2.) 2015’s Best Healthcare Journalism

This post by Advisory provides links to what they believe was the best Healthcare Journalism of 2015.  It is actually how I found the above Kalanathi article, which was my favorite.

There is some excellent stuff here, and I think it’s interesting whether or not you are of a medical persuasion.  Check it out.


3.) Writing Excuses Podcast

My new favorite podcast is the Writing Excuses Podcast, hosted by authors Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Kowal, and cartoonist Howard Tayler.

It’s awesome.

They talk about writing and life and getting published and everything in between.

The best part is that each episode is right around 15 minutes long.  It’s just enough to impart a few good thoughts and get you in a writing mood but not long enough that listening to it becomes a chore.

If you want to write better, you should really put this one on your too do list!


4.) 11 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Returning to Your Blog

Writers Write posted a nice piece about reasons blogs fail to attract a following.

As a blogger, I found this useful.  As I mentioned in the January in Review st, I’m trying to decide what direction I want to move this site in, and I found this article helpful in at least generating a few ideas.


5.) 5 Best Super Bowl Storylines

Sports is life.  As writers we should take inspiration from the storylines present in the world around us.  With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I think it’s worth taking a look at the drama wrapped up into the game.

Plus I’m a sports nut.

While you’d have to be living under a rock not to be aware of most of the plot threads wrapped into 2016’s Super Bowl, this Reuters article is a nice summary of some of the big ones.

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