Happy New Year! Here are a few new fundraisers worthy of your attention – but first, a bit of self-promotion:
As you may recall, following on some compliments about my non-fiction writing (especially from a successful fiction writer) I decided to attempt NaNoWriMo in November. I did “win” by completing 50,000 words of a novel – my first long form writing of any sort.
Enough people have asked to read it that I’ve decided to serialize as I complete editing chapters. I’ve set up a separate blog for my literary endeavors, WhatBettyWrites.com – the first two chapters of Want It Back are posted now. You can subscribe to get notifications of new postings, or follow along via the Twitter acct @WhatBettyWrites and/or Facebook Page WhatBettyWrites. Feel free to leave feedback on that blog – most helpful to me would be things like “This chapter was interesting/boring/confusing because of ….”
And now on to other interesting links:
From the theater people who helped bring you 28 Seeds last spring – a new production of an unpublished Neil Gaiman short story featuring many of your favorite Boston musicians:
Of particular interest to folks in the UK, but also to all cat lovers: a cat cafe for London!
I already have a folding bike, but still find it just a bit too awkward for folded transport. I think I’ve actually seen this guy riding his prototype around town, and am seriously considering a pledge – the airless non-puncture tires solve my lingering commuting worry :-)
[update: I was just searching for more information on this product and presenter, and discovered that this “new” bike was marketed online from approx. 1998 through 2005, from a Brookline MA dialup site. I messaged the project owner to ask what’s going on – did he buy the design from someone else? See his reply in the comment following this post]
And finally: something you don’t need to buy! If you have a slow cooker (aka “crockpot”), check out healthyslowcooking.com for a ton of great recipes. In particular, I’m working on trying some of her dozens of overnight oatmeal recipes!