Get crackin’ on your creative career in 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s already December. It’s true what they say: time flies when you’re having fun, and I’ve been having a ton of fun with Creative Quibble this last year. But December, for me, is a time to buckle down and get serious about what I’ve accomplished in the last year and what I want to accomplish in the year ahead. It helps that my birthday is in January, so the new year always feels like a new start and a chance to redefine my goals as I get older and, ideally, wiser.

Last week, I was interviewed by Rikki Ayers of the Own Up Grown Up podcast about being a freelance writer and teacher on Skillshare. The episode focused on the business aspect of freelance writing: the challenges and the opportunities that come with going your own way. Listen to the episode here.

For the rest of the month, I want to capitalize and build on that episode to zero in on building a creative career, and specifically building a plan for the new year that will help propel that career. So if you’re in the throes of creating that kind of career, or if you’re considering making that shift, stick around! I have plenty of ideas that I can’t wait to share with you, but in the meantime, feel free to share your own advice in the comments!

Here’s to making 2018 the best and most productive year yet!

Link Bank December 2016: Recapping the year

It’s the end of 2016, and I know what you’re thinking: finally. It’s been a rough year in general, but it’s been particularly bad for movie and music lovers.

But now it’s time to get ready for the New Year, and that means we need be positive. We need to, guys. So in that spirit, let’s take a moment to reflect on the good that 2016 brought us (except for that one about the disappointing movies, but the writer made some good points). Enjoy!

The Best TV Shows of 2016 – New York Times

“Year-end lists are stories: they tell the truth by lying. The idea that a critic can watch all the television there is today, let alone isolate the 10 best works across wildly different genres, is a fiction. But play along with it, and you tell a larger tale of what mattered this year and why.”

The Most Disappointing Movies of 2016 – Film School Rejects

“The worst movies don’t open in theaters, they go straight to DVD or VOD, and some of us never want to speak of them again. So instead I’m offering up a list of movies that promised so much — typically due to the proven talent involved — but delivered noticeably less.”

And check out their #2016Rewind video here.

Best Books of 2016 – Publisher’s Weekly

Take a look at your list and check off this selection of the year’s best books from the editors of Publisher’s Weekly. The list features a lot of nonfiction, including “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, “A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster” by Joshua Partlow, and “Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets” by Svetlana Alexievich.

13 Best Books of 2016 – Harper’s Bazaar

For a more fiction-based take on the best of 2016, here’s a gallery by Harper’s Bazaar featuring “The Girls” by Emma Kline, “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith, and “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi.

The Best and Worst Swag of 2016 – The A.V. Club

In this video, The A.V. Club’s Josh Modell and John Teti unpack the “swag” (i.e. merchandise) they’ve been getting from movie studios and other Hollywood bigwigs over the course of the year. There are a lot of USB drives, and there’s also booze. Don’t send The A.V. Club stuff unless it’s really good, is the lesson here. (It’s actually pretty hilarious, check it out.)

Here’s to 2017 – may our television shows maintain their character development, may our movies keep CGI to a minimum, and may our books make us smarter.