Smarter Artist Smart Links: Reading Short Stories and Choosing an Idea

Smart Artist Smart Links: Reading Short Stories and Choosing an Idea

This week’s collection of links is very multimedia-ish. Videos and audio and only a little reading. Start up one of these podcast episodes while you are doing the dishes. Set one of the videos playing while you brush your teeth and get ready for the day. I know not all of us can fit extra reading and research into our day, but this could help.

Literary Roadhouse Podcast — Have I already recommended this? If I have, it’s time to do it again. Writer and podcaster Maya Goode is now part of the Sterling & Stone team, so of course we want to shine a light on the amazing things she is doing! The Literary Roadhouse Podcast is a weekly podcast from a group of readers who discuss a new short story every week. It totally brings me back to my grad school days when all I had to do was read and talk about it. I love this podcast. I love that it reminds me what I have always adored and craved about reading. I love that it encourages me to go back and read (and reread) short stories again. Highly recommended.

Why a good book is a secret door
— A TEDx talk from Mac Barnett. “Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn’t children’s books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.”

Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea? — From Men with Pens, a discussion of how to choose what to spend your time on, what to focus on and what your choices imply. I am absolutely the kind of person who gets distracted by the new idea to the detriment of the current idea. I absolutely needed to read this.

What is Author Voice? — A recent video from Garrett B Robinson that is a clear, succinct and (blessedly) not intimidating discussion of how to find your author voice. I love that Garrett’s POV on being a writer is 100% ‘Yes, you can do this.’

Make Good Art — A 2012 commencement speech by Neil Gaiman. Again, another writer who believes that you (and I) can do this. Gaiman talks about his path to his current career, how he chose jobs, and how we can too.

What have you been watching and listening to lately?


  1. That TED talk link was built of awesome. I cried of laughter.
    Kids are so great! I want my childhood imagination back right now.

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