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On getting a job and making things.

Each Friday I like to collect five links that resonated with me during the week. Sometimes, like this week, I have to go searching for the links. But I will always find five of them. This week’s Friday Five is about getting a job and making things.

ONE. This morning I read an article by Amy Birchall (I’m sort of confused how we haven’t met, both living in Canberra), that explained how she got her first journalism job. My own journey was similar. I wanted to work in a publishing house, so I took two unpaid work experience gigs at the beginning of my final year at uni. I was lucky enough to have very supportive parents who paid the month’s rent and food and flights I need to get to the internships. (They were based in Sydney and I lived in Brisbane.) But I have no doubt that it was those two gigs that got me my job at Penguin at the end of that year.

TWO. Olya Schmidt (or @paintpaperstudio) has embarked on February challenge: #28days28paintings. Each day Olya uploads a time-lapse video of her creating the day’s painting to her instagram account. I love watching each and every one of those videos.

THREE. I love this Designer’s Creed that Matt Mullenweg (yes, the CEO of Automattic, aka creators of WordPress) posted on his blog. What’s more, I think it’s a beautiful reminder of how to live our lives as well.

FOUR. Which door will you open? A cute illustration of the fact that in most hero’s journeys, you have to pass into an unknown world. A timely reminder for someone dealing with this problem currently in her own writing.

FIVE. Oliver Jeffers shows me, an untalented-useless-drawing-type-of-person, how to draw a penguin. It looks pretty easy. However, as with all things like this, my drawings never turn out how I imagined them. My sister, on the other hand, wouldn’t need a guide to draw a penguin.

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On life, writing and typical days.

Each Friday I like to collect up five links that have resonated with me throughout the week and share them on my blog. I never pick a theme for the week, but like to share the things I’ve thought about after I closed the page. But! All blog posts need a title, so this week is: on life, writing and typical days.

ONEA translation of an email to a writer. Writers do not work for free. While I do understand the struggles of a creative writing start-up (oh, boy do I…), you do have to offer something in return. (Note to self: write blog post on this in the future.)

TWO. I’ve been inspired by a bunch of ‘things I wish I told my younger self’ article this week. Two of them in particular: “10 Things I would go back and tell my 20-something-year-old self if I could” by Rachel Del Grosso and “30 Life Things I Always Try To Remember” by Emma Gannon.

THREE. Leo of Zen Habits is always inspiring. I’ve been reading his blog for many many years, so there are things that I often skim because I feel like I’ve read it before. But the reminder is nice. This post, however, I had not read before. He talks about his typical day, and how he is lazy, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t get things done.

FOUR. A bit of advertising fun: a creative graphic designer asks What if Apple made milk? And this is how the packaging would look. My personal favourite is “Nike Fruit (just eat it)”.

FIVE. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do like Matt’s articles about running at No Meat Athlete. As a wannabe runner and an owner of a disused fitbit flex, this article on Running for Steps (rather than time or distance) makes me want to experiment.

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Friday Five: a mixed bag of interviews, illustrations and graphic design.

ONE. People who can make a living out of writing make me simultaneously happy and jealous. This girl sounds like someone I could be friends with: interview with Mallory Ortberg..

TWO. A Periodic Table of Typefaces. I’m secretly (not-so-secretly) passionate about graphic design, type and all things magazines. I love quirky items like these.

THREE. The greatest authors and the age they were when they published their greatest book. It’s good news for me!

FOUR. Travelling in your home town can be exciting! I might even do some of these this year.

FIVE. I’m a big West Wing fan. I started rewatching season one this week (during my new sleeping hours — aka the daytime — thanks Summer of Tennis night matches), and it’s still brilliant. I know Sorkin has his quirks (oh, gosh, so many quirks), but it’s still a beautiful piece of television and ensemble casting. A beautiful illustrated look at the episode: Seventeen People.

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