Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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  1. Writing From A Place Of Fear Versus From A Place Of Love

    “And instead of pointing yourself in the unknown direction, into the dark forest, into the layers of fog — you set forth onto the well-lit, well-marked path. The worn path…. And it’s fear that put you there.” On his blog Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig gives sound advice to writers: chase what you love.

    Authors
    Photo via Terrible Minds
  2. Toni Morrison on Reality TV, Black Lives Matter, and Meeting Jeff Bezos

    In an interview at Literary Hub, Toni Morrison says she wasn’t interested in writing at an early age. “No, I didn’t think about writing until I was 39. I read all the time. I could read when I was three years old and that’s what I did. At some point, I realized that there was […]

    Authors
    Photo via Literary Hub
  3. Canada’s forgotten rainforest

    “These old-growth forests are not renewable. They’re not coming back after you log them.” Dive into this longread at The Narhwal about a rainforest deep in the interior of British Columbia that is being clear-cut as fast as the Amazon.

    Environment
  4. The Hidden Gem in Istanbul

    “Istanbul really is a place like no other.” Twin sisters and travel and lifestyle bloggers Hermon and Heroda document a last-minute trip to Istanbul.

    Exploration
  5. I finally took a social media break

    “I deserve to have a healthy relationship with social media. And I’m working on it.” Writer, producer, and director Nida Chowdhry shares insights on her social media use after deactivating her Instagram account.

    Internet
  6. Art of Friendship

    In this photo essay, photographer Steve McCurry shares inspiring quotes and stunning images of friendship from around the world, including India, France, and Afghanistan.

    Exploration
  7. Appalachian Trail Redemption

    “I’ve come to believe that a long hike has a biological cycle. Like almost everything—life, relationships, civilizations, songs, stories, stars—it is born in explosive uncertainty.” At Appalachia Journal, Ben Montgomery writes on divorce, loss, and taking his kids on a 244-mile walk to make sense of it all.

    Essay
    Photo via Ben Montgomery
  8. Hot Fudge Sundae Cake

    “It’s The Summer Cake to End All Summer Cakes; you might as well just swan dive in.” Looking for a delicious sweet treat? Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen recipe for a hot fudge sundae cake will certainly satisfy your craving.

    Cooking
  9. Thyme Roasted Peach and Mascarpone Ice Cream with Toasted Brioche Crumbles

    “Behold: my attempt at a fancy, cheesy, artisan ice cream.” At If the Spoon Fits, Lindsay shares her recipe for a rich mascarpone and vanilla cream with thyme flavor, a ripple of summer peach, and swirls of toasted brioche crumbles.

    Food
  10. Eight Tiny Stories, Translated From the Emoji

    James Hannaham and John W. Bateman play a game: one of them texts five random emoji to the other, and the recipient then creates a micro-story. Read some of their collaborations at Electric Literature

    Fiction
  11. How to Showcase Your Projects

    “Your work is a reflection of who you are. How you curate your projects influences the story people tell themselves about you.” The final toolkit from season two’s Own Your Content campaign offers tips on building your online portfolio.

    Inspiration
  12. How to Build a Newsletter List

    “A newsletter is the single greatest asset you can build for yourself that pushes you to commit to the long-haul.” In this toolkit on the Own Your Content site, learn the benefits of building your own email list and explore resources to help you get started.

    Business
  13. Khoi Vinh on How His Blog Amplified His Work and Career

    “But mostly you have to do it in a way that continually stirs your personal passion.” On the Own Your Content site, Khoi Vinh shares insights on blogging, content versus writing, and building one’s own platform.

    Inspiration
  14. Sprites of San Francisco: Anna’s Hummingbird

    From David at Incidental Naturalist: “The bird is beautiful at all times, but the blaze, that only shows when struck by sunlight at the perfect angle, takes it to a new level. . . . Add a few droplets of sun and magic occurs.”

    Animals
  15. How to Give Proper Attribution

    “Have you ever held a door for a stranger and they didn’t thank you for it? That’s what it feels like when someone uses your work and doesn’t give you credit or proper attribution.” In this Own Your Content toolkit, Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley and others share advice on giving credit on the internet.

    Education