Three hundred and seventy-three

My first Wednesday post

As promised, here is my soon-to-be-regular Wednesday contribution – what I’m up to, what I’m interested in, and how the book is coming along.  (Although I’m having a hard time deciding what to call my posts now that they aren’t the date number.  Can I just keep with the numbering system even if it’s past 366?)

First of all, I’ve been approached by a literary agent and am meeting with her on Friday to discuss the book!!!  I’m not sure this is good form to talk about this (although I talk about everything else, so why not this too?), but it does make me very excited about writing this book and getting it out into the world!  I’m really interested to sit down with her and talk about the crazy world of publishing.

As I’m admittedly very new at this (another thing I’m not sure I should admit), I’m eager to get the ball rolling, discuss options and propel my ideas forward into the realm of hand held, tangible, beautiful, sit-on-your-shelf-for-years-to-come-or-lend-to-your-friends-even-though-you’ll-probably-never-get-them-back books.  As much as I love the blogosphere and the immediacy of writing daily on the internet, there’s something so special and sacred about the feel of the paper in your hands as you turn the pages.  I’m a little old fashioned that way, I know.  And they’re probably not great for the environment.  But I love them anyways.

All this talk of the book has inspired me to head out of the city and hole up in my parents’ house in the country to write for a couple of days.  I love the fresh air and quiet out here.  And I love my mom’s pinball machine, when I want to procrastinate.

The research rabbit hole

The internet adds to both my procrastination and my inspiration when I’m trying to write.  I tend to fall down into the research rabbit hole a couple of times a day.  How can you not click on a link in an article, that takes you to another article, which has another link, etc etc?  Knowledge is my drug of choice.  I get high off learning more about random topics I am interested in at the time (anything from the history of the Toronto FC soccer team, to how to bake gluten-free cookies, to whether it’s “pique” or “peak”).  My name is Lindsay and I am a Google addict.

One of the most interesting things about this past year has been the range of topics I covered and therefore the amount of subjects that now pique my interest when I see them posted elsewhere, in a link from a link, or in the news.  Such as where the items we buy and use come from and how that’s impacting other people in the world, economies, and our environment.  A huge topic, I realize, and one I can’t seem to wrap my head around completely.

My cousin Nikki has been a blogger for years (way before I got into it) and she often posts very interesting articles on fair trade, ethical shopping, volunteering, traveling, among other things.  Yesterday she wrote about how we buy shoes that are ethically made.  I was so upset to read that my TOMS – the shoes that I thought were helping the world by me purchasing them instead of another company’s shoes – are not so helpful after all.  They might actually be doing more harm than helping.

That led me to how TOMS are listed as one of the 7 worst international aid ideas on the independent travel publisher, matadornetwork.com.

“Shoelessness, such as it is, is a symptom of a much bigger and more complex problem. And while donating a pair of shoes helps shoelessness, it does not help poverty.

Things like jobs help poverty. Jobs making things like shoes, for example. But TOMS doesn’t make its shoes in Africa, it makes them in China.”

This article blew my mind!  It really opened my ideas to a lot of seemingly helpful ideas that are instead making things worse.  How did I not think of these things before?

A photo for no reason at all

One of the things I did in Montreal that led to me having to wear plastic bags between my socks and the inside of my boots (yep, it was very uncomfortable – especially when I found a hole in one of the bags!):

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11 thoughts on “Three hundred and seventy-three

  1. Good luck with your book! Ahhhh… that snowman reminds me of MTL… it’s my hometown and when people post things about it as silly as a snowman… I just want to go home!

    • Thanks! I totally understand. I spent quite a few years in my twenties living in different places around the world. Whenever anyone would mention Toronto or I would see a photo of somewhere near home, I would get a little swell of emotion.

  2. Read “Made in China”. All about a woman who spent a year of her life not buying anything for her and her family from China and the struggles she faced. Fascinating book about where our stuff comes from and how little attention we pay. It is on my book shelf if you want to borrow it. But you do have to give it back 🙂

  3. I’m amazed by how much we are alike in discovering new blogs, and wondering what to to title our own (which I love your way of numbering them, so keep it up).

    I totally agree about paper as many have told me to not go for a book, but I like the very presence of it, even if only on my shelf. So do share what you learn as I’m interested in learning more and inspiring other writers too.

    Thank you for inspiring me. 😀

  4. Good luck on the book! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading you blog! I look forward to seeing your book out! I definitely agree that paper is so much better than just reading something on the computer or on an ipad or something of that sort!

    • Thanks Ashley! I’ve started writing the book and it’s a new challenge that I’m really excited about. It’s definitely different than blogging, but I’m up for the challenge! It is a dream of mine to be able to get a book published that I wrote. So fingers crossed it all goes well.

      • That’s great! I have always wanted to write a book but I have only just begun getting into the blog world so we will see how this goes first I guess. Can’t wait to see how everything works out for you!

      • Thanks Ashley. I like the new challenge, although it’s a completely different way of thinking about it than blog writing. It’s great to push myself in a different way. It is also good because I got in the habit of writing every day, so now it’s easier to keep doing that for the book!

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