Friday Favorites – Slacker Edition

Posted Jun 8 2012, 9:37 pm in , , , , , , , , , , ,

As the title suggests, I’m still slacking. I think it’s going to take me awhile to get used to the whole summer schedule. In the past, all I had to squeeze in around my kids was my work-from-home day job and my writing. Now, I’m teaching part-time and trying (and not necessarily succeeding) my hand at social networking. I do have some great posts, just not as many as I usually do:

First up, two great posts on Pinterest. I’ve joined Pinterest, but I’m still learning the ropes. You can find me here:

Amy Clark from Momadvice has a post on being a Pinterest superstar. Then August McLaughlin offers 5 steps to making Pinterest-friendly blog posts. I know I’m nowhere near there yet (no great pictures to pin from here), but I hope to utilize that information soon.

Lani Diane Rich has an excellent post on how you need to fail in order to succeed. I think most people would agree with this, at least in theory. It’s something that I’ve tried to drill into my kids’ heads. But the thing is, I’m one of those people who have avoided doing anything unless I was pretty darn sure I’d be good enough at it to succeed. Writing for publication is the only risk I’ve ever really taken. I’ve always been a writer, and I knew I had skills, but writing for publication is more than being a good writer. You have to be a storyteller. That’s the part I’ve been so unsure of. How could I not be? After writing and getting rejections, you start to wonder. But when you look at some of those rejections, they can give you hope. I’m not one of those writers who has saved every rejection to either show to other new writers or to burn in a big pile when I think I’ve made it. I’ve only saved the ones that gave me hope. A little hope is all you need.

Finally, Trish Loye Elliot has a great post on advice to writers from the masters.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?



2 responses to “Friday Favorites – Slacker Edition”

  1. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    Thanks for the link love, Shannyn! Sorry it took me so long to get over here. I totally agree with you about the summer schedule. I am dropping balls all over the place. Now I’m off to check out the other links.

  2. Thanks for the shout out, Shannyn! Happy to hear you’ve joined Pinterest. It’s fun and easy once you get the hang of it–making your posts pinnable included. 😉

    The best advice I’ve received came from my parents: Do what you love. It’s the solution to so many problems, IMO, and makes life loads more fun.