Sunday Sharing #9: How to create an author press kit, an AI advent calendar, when you stop feeling things and more

The AI Weirdness Advent Calendar 2021. Open the doors on the AI Weirdness website.

The penultimate Sunday Sharing of the year before I switch my focus to some end-of-year reflective posts and make plans for what my blog will look like in 2022.

Whilst I have started a new draft for a fiction piece, most of this week’s writing can be viewed on my blog. This includes three poems I wrote and a piece on my relationship with music. My fourth newsletter also went out earlier this week.

For this reason, I’ve decided to just share a list of 10 things I’ve read from around the web this week. And I read quite a number of things, so narrowing down this list to 10 was hard. But here’s what I settled on:

  1. From Sam Missingham‘s latest edition of The Empowered Author newsletter: this excellent guide on creating an author press kit from Susan Neal. | Author Media
  1. The same excellent newsletter directed me to John Wiswell’s invaluable Twitter thread on how he submits short stories. The Nebula-winning author has also compiled this thread into an easy-to-read blog post on his Patreon. | Twitter
  1. Hussein Kesvani relaunched his newsletter last month with a new title: The Draft Folder. I think his piece on “Why Productivity and Motivation #Content Is A Political Project Too” is very much worth a read. | Substack
  1. I thought Mark Dery’s close reading of the QAnon Shaman’s conspiracy manifesto was very interesting. | LitHub
  1. Sari Botton has a conversation with R. O. Kwon on how the writing is going. Something that stuck with me was Kwon’s “one-sentence-a-day” approach to writing. | Catapult
  1. I’ve thought a lot about the content of my blog and whether I’m using it the way I most want to. For inspiration, I’ve sought out other author blogs, which brought me to the blog of Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of the must-read Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and one of my favourite reads of 2020. Her post on “When you stop feeling things” really resonated with me and makes me want to be more open here on my own blog. | Reni Eddo-Lodge
  1. Janelle Shane’s AI Weirdness newsletter is one of my favourites. I thought this week’s AI advent calendar was particularly fun. You can open the virtual doors on her website. (See also: the advent calendar images that didn’t work out). | AI Weirdness
  1. Speaking of AI, my friend Max shared this horrifying but hilarious creation from an AI copywriter named Jarvis. | Twitter
  1. A “note to self” on why we shouldn’t equate goal-based achievements with our purpose in life. | Bits of Wisdom
  1. Paul Jun: “To be creative, practice.” | We Are COLLINS