Unlike September, this month I was hit with so so much good. And so many videos for you all. I’m not sure if I just watched more videos or what, but this is a diverse list and it’s multimedia-heavy. What did you discover in October?
George Watsky. My poetry prof showed us this first spoken word poem in class and I instantly loved his style. He speaks out about speech, the ‘green’ movement, growing up as an awkward teenager, and so on in his poems. Here’s ‘S’ for Lisp:
bodyheart. I subscribe to LifeByMe’s daily newsletter, so each morning I avidly click through to the homepage to view that day’s feature person. I almost always check the website. On Monday, Amber Kryzs, bodyheart’s founder, was featured. The nonprofit inspires women to love their bodies, to reclaim them, and to remember what they provide.
John Green’s reading of ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ John Green and his brother have somewhat of a cult following, if you’re not aware of them. He’s a YA author dedicated to writing stories with intelligent, insightful narrators with complex personalities. He live-read his first chapter of his newest book, set to release at the beginning of next year, and posted the video online for others. It will make you laugh out loud, smile hard, and rethink your own life (skip to somewhere around 2:45).
Lorraine’s ‘How To Become Blogger’s Blog of Note‘ post. Admittedly, I read this for its tips, but it’s more indicative of Lorraine’s style that she kept me reading—despite having a typical here’s-what-happened-to-me-verbatim way of blogging. Her post made me laugh and wish desperately that Ryan Gosling might marry me someday.
Landon Austin’s cover of ‘Sparks Fly’ by Taylor Swift. Tay Swift herself tweeted about the video. That’s how I found it. He’s got this cute southern charm thing going on, along with the beautiful cinematography of the video and I found myself watching more of his videos.
Ellen Degeneres did an interview with Parade in which I fell in love with her heart and soul. She will remind you that there is still so much good in the world and the entertainment industry. You just need to know where to look.
750words. In honor of NaNoWriMo, this is for all you writers out there. It tracks how many words you write in a day, gives you points, makes you feel good about it, and lets you compete. Oh, and the pages are printable. This is your new best friend, you future Mark Twains and Edgar Allen Poes of the world.
I also fell in love with cinnamon graham frozen yogurt at Kiwi, but there’s no photograph and I have temporarily eliminated lactose from my diet to test for a suspected sensitivity, so that’s more of a side note than anything. If you find a recipe for it though, send it my way.
By the way, every month I send out a short + sweet newsletter brimming with cool finds related to the monthly theme. It'd be stellar if you subscribed. If it's not worthy, it doesn't go in the newsletter. That. Simple.