Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I'm bending the rules a bit--need to be good and put school work before blogging, since I have a big deadline in a week! So I'm not going to finish this A-to-Z challenge in April. But I will finish. Aiming for posting every other day now. On to my topic!

Who else out there opens their internet browser--Chrome for me--with the sole intention of checking their email and ends up with a dozen or more tabs open? Just say the magic words, Open link in new tab, or Ctrl+t. And follow the rabbit down the hole.

Borrowing the idea from someone else's blog, I'm going to share what tabs I currently have open (or cheated and bookmarked on Friday when I came up with the idea). I think your browser tabs tell a kind of story, maybe about you, about your day, about what's happening in the world.

Most of my tabs have something to do with writing and books, which is unsurprising. Other pages relate to my other interests, like food and travel. The last tab is a little surprising, especially because I don't remember how I got there.

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First there's my Gmail tab. Gotta take care of FreeCycle digests and school emails and friends' emails and, oh yeah, the endless stream of articles I send myself to read later, which I don't usually get to but I feel better knowing they're there.

Then Twitter. Between gmail and twitter came all the sites below.

WSJ interview with Jennifer Egan, who just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel A Visit from the Good Squad.

Next is a peek at a creative ad campaign for a bookstore in Vilnius, Lithuania that specializes in classic books.

A Rumpus article on Self-Publishing Dos and Don'ts--haven't read it yet, but I'm curious since the "literary" world is pretty biased against self-publishing, from what I've seen. The Rumpus seems to tread an admirable line between the indie literary arts and "serious" literature, whatever that means for sure.

A YouTube video of record-setting mountain climber Ueli Steck speed-climbing an Alpine mountain face. Maybe I'll use this for a story. Apparently I like writing about extreme sports I've never tried. I already wrote one on freediving underwater based pretty much on research and watching YouTube videos.

My friend Erika's blog (chambanachik), on which an epigraph for a certain entry quotes Anais Nin: "If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write." I went to high school with this girl but because we were a few years apart, I never really got to know her until I found her blog and realized what a talented writer she is. Go Erika!

Another one of the many blogs I enjoy following: clock&bell. A lovely writer, photographer, daydreamer, currently residing in Toronto, Canada. I found her through a story of hers that was published on Storychord, which I found when I read my friend Lindsey's story on that online literary magazine. Lovely people, they.

Next is a "Blogger of the Moment" feature on, highlighting fashionable and crafty blogger Little Chief Honeybee.

Via The Rumpus once again: A link regarding a writer from Pittsburgh. My husband grew up in Pittsburgh and was kind of glad to leave, hence I was curious how this writer, a self-described Pittsburgher in exile, "explains why he wrote The Metropolis Case, 'set partially in Pittsburgh, [...] largely from memory.'"

Jim Wallis of Sojourners and the God's Politics blog, on his recent Hunger Fast for a Moral Budget.

A recipe for Veggie Pad Thai. I'll leave out the egg and the fish sauce, but otherwise, YUM!

And finally, a Google map of the town of Greystones, where I stayed during a week-long visit to Ireland in the fall of 2008. 

And, of course, my Blogger tab, which makes fourteen total tabs at one time.

Thanks for joining me on the ride! What kind of tabs do you find open after getting lost in the internet?

1 comment:

  1. Aw, thank you. I'm glad we've gotten to know each other like this. Your writing is amazing.

    And I also use Chrome, and I also always have a zillion tabs open at once! :)