I’ve gotten really into the podcast Ologies by Alie Ward. In each episode, she interviews a different -ologist, and you get to hear about interesting fields of study. My favorite episodes so far have been Egyptology, teuthology (squids), lepidopterology (butterflies), and selachimorphology (sharks).
In each episode, she asks her guest what their least favorite part of their job is. An inordinate number of people respond “email.” Including people who have been held up at gunpoint. Or have had to deal with hideous rotting material. I think this confluence of opinion is hilarious. If only we knew what it might be indicative of…
As part of NaNoPrep, I’ve been reading a few books on writing to refresh my conceptualizations of the essential elements of stories: structure, character, style, etc. It’s been highly gratifying so far to remind myself of the mechanics of writing, and it’s rebooted my brain a bit to read more critically as well. I generally find it rewarding to get into the nuts/bolts, nitty/gritty, guts of things, although sometimes I’ll do it to distraction as a way to procrastinate the actual doing of things. (Constant vigilance in the War of Art and all that.)
In addition to reading and brainstorming, I’ve also been working my way through season 10 of Writing Excuses. Writing Excuses is a bite-sized podcast (~15 minutes per ep, tagline: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart”) that contains a lot of depth and a lot of insight.