Linda Poitevin is the author of the dark urban fantasy series, The Grigori Legacy, from Ace/Roc Books. Linda lives near Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and in her other life is wife, mother, friend, gardener, coffee snob, freelance writer, and zookeeper of too many pets. When she isn’t writing, Linda can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods. These are her good things.
Good things to read.
Anything by Bill Bryson. You’ll learn something, you’ll laugh, you’ll come away feeling smarter.
Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It will change the way you look at food, change the way you relate to food, change everything you’ve ever thought about food.
A book by an author new to you, and maybe even one outside your usual genre. You never know where the good stories are hiding until you go looking for them.
Good things to watch.
Water. Rivers flowing by, the sparkle of sunlight on lake waters, the roll of an ocean surf. There is something incredibly calming about water. It centers me, lulls me, grounds me.
Puppies. Kittens. Babies. Just because there is such joy to be found in watching such joy.
Firefly. I still consider this to be some of the smartest writing I’ve ever come across on television. And yes, I still hold out hope for its return.
Good things to use.
Local foods. Support a farmer, know where your food is coming from, cut down on transportation and help the environment, eat real food.
Feet. I think walking is one of the very best modes of transportation. It slows the world down for you so that you see things you’ve never noticed. It gives you time to think. It keeps you active. And it still gets you where you’re going.
Contigo spill-proof travel mug. no more coffee-meets-keyboard disasters! Plus it keeps my coffee hot for a good hour or more, for those times when I get so into my writing that I forgot to drink the coffee. Don’t laugh. It happens. No, really.
Connect with Linda on Twitter, @LindaPoitevin.