As the holidays draw near, the days grow shorter, the nights colder, the calendars more full. Waistlines expand, and walls close in with people and conversations and music playlists that tax the ears.
Draw a bath, grab some champagne or cognac or cocoa, and restore thyself with these links for the solitary souls among us.
- “Dearest Edward, I regret to inform you that I’m unable to attend tonight’s soiree due to a touch of Lady Windermere…” and other Syndromes Named After Literary Characters to get you out of social obligations, from the Writers Write website.
- These dwellings will make you all daydreamy for solitude and books and blankets. 20+ Little Lonely Houses For The Solitary Soul from Bored Panda.
- Storytelling is not just for children. It could be an evolutionary mechanism of survival. The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling by Cody C. Delistraty.
- If you’re in a dark hole of rejection or depression, Keith Cronin offers wisdom on moving through The Five Stages of New Writers’ Grief to acceptance.
- A lovely meditation from Karl Ove Knausgaard on the comfort of routine and the almost imperceptible accumulation of change in The View from My Window is a Constant Reminder.
A hearty congratulations to Celeste Ng on the selection of her debut novel Everything I Never Told You as Amazon’s best book of 2014. Read more about Celeste and her novel in this Dead Darlings interview by Margaret Zamos-Monteith.