Five Star Blog Roundup 417: Three Great Posts and a Jessica Townsend Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by loads of salt and pepper shakers, instituting a more inclusive corporate culture, National Coming Out Day, and a quote from Jessica Townsend:

Book one is like the tip of the iceberg. I know everything about this world because I spent a lot of time plotting it out instead of actually finishing a draft. Maybe there’s a case to be made for procrastination. I should tell my high school teachers that.
— Jessica Townsend in Sue Corbett's "First Look: Jessica Townsend’s 'Nevermoor'", Publishers Weekly, 9 March 2017 —

Happy reading!

"The Inheritance" by Cami Ostman at Memory Into Memoir:

I wondered how many thousands of sets of salt and peppers Gram had already rescued from this particular Goodwill store. Collecting had turned into an obsession. Long before I went shopping with her the first time, she’d decided to stop sending boxes to Marilyn. Everything she brought home today would end up on one of her own shelves, by now numbering in the dozens and covering the walls in every room of their house.

"We Don't Do That Here" by Aja Hammerly at Thagomizer:

It turns out talking about diversity, inclusion, and even just basic civil behavior can be controversial in technical spaces. I don’t think it should be, but I don’t get to make the rules. When I’m able I’d much rather spend the time to educate someone about diversity and inclusion issues and see if I can change how they see the world a bit. But I don’t always have the time and energy to do that. And sometimes, even if I did have the time, the person involved doesn’t want to be educated.

This is when I pull out “we don’t do that here.”

"Coming Out, Again and Again and Again" by Pam Helberg at Pamela Helberg:

It’s fitting that National Coming Out Day should fall during Mental Health Awareness Week. The two are inextricably linked.

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