Ten Links to Enliven Your Evening

These links are all over the place this week, but my reading was all over the place, too. I can only link what I read and thing is worth passing along to you, right? There is good stuff here, no matter how scattered across the constellation of world knowledge it is. Dig in and fill up. Monday’s coming and your brain needs the fuel!

  1. Have you heard of John Wilkes? No, I don’t mean the guy who killed President Lincoln, but the guy who stood up to a tyrant and inspired an important part of our Constitution. I didn’t know about him. His story is fascinating.
  2. “The Joy of Doing”, a Manvotional suitable for everyone.
  3. Here are some tips from an actual writer to avoid being a boring writer! I guess I should read them again, huh? DON’T JUDGE ME!
  4. Ignore the click-bait headline on this one, but do read the article. IFTTT is one heck of a cool tool and the recipe shared in that link is a good way to get started with it.
  5. I have no idea if this is real or fake, but I laughed so very hard at what this person will be told should they call the cops and get a good dispatcher on the line.
  6. This is the next joker? Really? This chain wallet-wearing, goofy tattoo-having, pinky-ringed hipster? Give me Jack Nicholson’s stylish, completely nuts and power-hungry crime boss of Gotham, please.
  7. Yes. Let’s abolish the VA. Sooner rather than later. We’ll save lives.
  8. SEIZE ALL THE RAISINS! (Believe it, folks. There is a federal government agencyh whose job it is to take raising from farmers and give them exactly nothing for them. They steal raisins. Legally.)
  9. I don’t normally clock to “prosperity” blogs, but this video on how to build wealth is really solid.
  10. My friend Tommy — one of the best game reviewers out there and a kick-butt storyteller — is giving away a game that looks really cool. I entered the contest. You might want to do the same.

BONUS LINK FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOUT TO GIVE UP AND PUT THEIR DREAMS ON A SHELF AND WOW DON’T I KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE EVERY DAY!

Dig this quote from Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men.

It took seven years from the time I wrote Mad Men until it finally got on the screen. I lived every day with that script as if it were going to happen tomorrow. That’s the faith you have to have.

Hollywood is tough, but I do believe that if you are truly talented, get your material out there, put up with the rejection, and don’t set a time limit for yourself, someone will notice you.

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