Things I Love

 

 

Free tools

 

VOCAROO

http://vocaroo.com/

Don’t feel like writing yet another email? Worried that your tone will get lost in translation?

Use Vocaroo to record a quick audio note that you can email, tweet, share as a mini-podcast … whatever you please.

Just hit the giant red RECORD button and start talking. Couldn’t be simpler.
 
 

THE ALPHABETIZER

http://alphabetizer.flap.tv/

Alphabetize any list of words — in a jiffy! Weirdly addicting.
 
 

THREE SENTENCES

http://three.sentenc.es/

Commit to answering emails in three sentences — or less.

Because shorter emails = more time for kissing, stretching, living, loving …

(I don’t adhere to the “three sentences” principle ALL the time, but it’s a beautiful mark to move towards.)
 
 

WORD COUNTER

http://wordcounter.net/

How many words IS that, now? Oh. Now you know.
 
 

GMAIL EXTRACTOR

http://gmailextractor.com/

So. You’ve got a folder in your inbox. Full of emails. From various people. About a particular topic.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could “extract” the email addresses from everybody in that folder + invite them onto a proper mailing list? No more tacky CCing or BCCing. Shame + horror, averted!
 
 

INBOX PAUSE

http://inboxpause.com/

Install + hit PAUSE to stop the incoming flow of emails, completely. Hit UNPAUSE and they all come rushing back in.

(You don’t “lose” or “miss” any messages — they just wait patiently in the PAUSE queue, until you’re ready. Heavenly!)
 
 

BOOMERANG

http://boomeranggmail.com/

Ever think to yourself, “That email can definitely wait until later …”

Use Boomerang to fling it into outer space. It’ll return to your inbox on a specified date.
 
 

FUTURE ME

http://futureme.org/

Ever think to yourself, “Self: I really don’t want to forget to paint my bedroom / quit my job / sign up for a marathon / go to Japan …”

Use Future Me to write an email to your future self. It can be public or private.

(Oh, and the public letters are faaascinating.)
 
 

CONVERT CASE

http://convertcase.net/

Mooo-om! Why are your emails to me always in ALL CAPS?

Ahhhh. That’s better.
 
 

THE IDIOM DICTIONARY

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

Need a classic aphorism? Quip? Turn of phrase? Commonly-used saying?

Behold: the best of the best, at your fingertips. (It’s one of my highly-classified copywriting secrets …)
 
 

PUNRISE, PUNSET

http://punrisepunset.blogspot.com/

A pun-believably good collection of groan-inducing phraseology.

(A little training for the annual Pun-Off World Championship, perhaps?)
 
 

8TRACKS

http://8tracks.com/

I almost-always have music playing when I’m writing, working, thinking, doing … just about anything.

Delight your inner DJ + make an online mixtape of your favorite songs.

It’s free + legal. And very fun.

 
 


 
 

People to know

 

: Annika proofreads my blog posts + removes my amazingly-frequent stray commas.

: Paul designed this incredible website — don’t you love the dancing polygons in the background?

: RK at eDigest keeps my site up + running (and snugly secure from hackers + ne’er-do-wells.)

: Rebecca has created marvelous graphics for me, over the years — including book illustrations.

: Kristina is my literary agent, cheerleader + wise knower-of-all-booky-things. (She does consultations with aspiring authors, if you ever want to pick a brilliant agent’s brain for an hour or two …)

: Melissa + Susan give me priceless media + publicity insights. And lovingly kick my butt into gear. (Grateful, forever.)

: Leslie, Jenn, Kyeli, Catherine, Esme + Thea have all snapped splendid photos of me, over the years.
 
 

COPYWRITERS, GHOSTWRITERS + EDITORS

I know a few. Here are my favs:

: Ana Ottman

: Ashley Ambirge

: Corinne Bowen

: Esme Wang

: Hillary Weiss

: Kelly Parkinson

: Nikki Groom

: Sarah Von Bargen

 
 


 
 

Just for kicks

 

A few things I simply adore. In alphabetical order. Why not?

: AirBnB
: All of these pancake recipes
: Anything involving Mister Rogers, Oscar Wilde or Stephen Fry
: Anything with hearts, lightning bolts or polygons
: BirchBox
: Bonne Maman preserves
: Comedy podcasts from Maximum Fun
: Dresses from Prairie Underground
: Greek yogurt
: GT’s Kombucha
: Haikus
: Hair color by FERIA
: Hula hoops
: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
: Literary-themed restaurants
: Makeup by MAC
: Murray’s Cheese
: Orbit gum (sweet mint = my fav)
: Peanut Butter Puffins
: Pandora
: Pocket knives
: Real Simple magazine
: Salted caramel. Especially these.
: Sriracha hot sauce
: The Good Ideas / Bad Ideas journal
: The whole concept of Kaizen
: Treehouses
: Uchida pens
: Victorian slang
: Voluspa candles
: Weehouses
: Winnie the Pooh
: Yanis Marshall’s choreography
: Yoga clothes from Athleta
: Zoos with no cages. Aka, nature.

 

xo.