Something Different This Time
A Potpourri and then some
Friday Boost is back! I’ve been distracted for a few weeks, and I will be again, but for today I’m here. And wouldn’t you know? Substack isn’t cooperating. I can’t turn the links into embeds (a system problem, I’m told), so my boosts are looking a little different.
I found these pieces and thought of you. Of us. I hope you like them, too. They’re not all Substack pieces this time but if you like one that is, please be sure to let the author know by hitting that little ❤️️️ or commenting on it.
(Note: I try to boost only those substack newsletters that are open to non-paying readers and allow unrestricted comments. It’s not that I think there’s anything wrong with requiring payment to read or comment, but Friday Boost is here to promote accessible writing in our community. Thanks for understanding.)
First, I don’t know if you’ve seen Jon Winoker’s inspired website for writers, or if you follow him on Twitter, but he’s a long-time writing instructor who always has something useful, no matter what stage we’re in with our writing. He offers something for everybody.
I was introduced to Anne Kadet on this week’s Substack Office Hours, my go-to resource for everything Substack. I love her writing! She writes mainly about NYC, which ordinarily wouldn’t interest me, but that’s the beauty of her writing—I’m interested. I didn’t pick a specific piece because they’re all just delicious!
At Spark, Elizabeth Marro writes a beautiful piece called The Beauty of a Well-Used Face. Maybe I loved it because I can relate. I don’t know. But I did love it and I wanted to share it with you here.
At Uncharted Territories Tomas Pueyo has written a long, long, ambitious piece on the present realities and future possibilities at Substack, with comparisons to Medium as a bonus. I admit he almost lost me at ‘disintermediation’, and the back-and-forths are dizzying, but he put a lot of work into it and it’s a fascinating read. I may hang onto it for a while to see how accurate he was at predicting Substack’s future.
I found Brent and Michael (of Brent and Michael are Going Places) at Office Hours this week, and it looks like I’m the only one who didn’t know about them! Brent wrote a piece about Madonna vs. Cyndy Lauper that you simply have to read. He ends it by philosophizing on art and artists and endurance, and I wanted more, more, more!
At Constantly Curious, Israel Sanchez writes about his childhood in Cuba and we are there. This piece is perfection from beginning to its unexpected, satisfying end.
If you missed Independent Bookstore Day, Gayla Gray will fill you in at So Novelicious. This is the first of two pieces she shared on Indies she has come across, and now I want to put all of them on my bucket list. (Be sure and check out the second list, too.)
I’ll end this today with one of my own, published here last year. Some of you who are new to Writer Everlasting may have missed it. Thoreau wasn’t the first to seek peace and quiet and he won’t be the last!
Until next time then. I hope you liked my choices. I sure did! Feel free to include something you’ve found and want to share with the rest of us in the comment section. We’re always on the lookout for more.
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