Friday’s Mash – February 24, 2014

Goodies I’ve found from chatting, cruising and working (not so) lately:


Authors Deserve Better

This is a long, long, thought-provoking post by Barry Eisler (he’s the guy that turned down a six-figure deal with a legacy publisher and went indie, instead).

If you have the time, click on all the links he provides within the text.  Those posts and sites are just as interesting a read.


The Secret to Success

An interesting take on the upside of discipline from Hugh Howey, author of WOOL.


How to Think Sideways ULTRA: Career Survival School For Writers

As the name implies, an ultra deluxe course on career management — primarily for fiction writers (at last!), but non-fiction writers would get a boost from it, too.

I wouldn’t mind taking this course myself.


Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

Have you heard the one about it taking seven years of practice to master whatever skill, craft or profession you’re interested in?  What about it taking 10,000 hours of practice?

This post disputes both rules of thumb.

Have a great weekend!