The Sunday Best (10/9/2016)
The Sunday Best is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.
Every featured post should be of interest to any physician seeking financial independence. Some will be written by your physician colleagues; others will be written by our friends and patients who share common goals and interests.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
I often speak of money, but don’t say much about the things we do to earn that money. Anesthesia resident Charlie @ Life of a Med Student describes The Worst Trauma I’ve Personally Been In. He more than earned his just-above-minimum-wage salary that evening.
All the cool kids are travel hacking now. The Mad Fientist has a great site for finding reward cards, and Alexi Zemsky, MD and Brad Barrett started a course and forum @ Travel Miles 101. Future Proof MD shared his rewarding experience with travel hacking in I Added Up My Credit Card Rewards and…
Over the summer, Freedom with Bruno gave us an update on life in the slow lane as an early retiree. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Material Possessions.
The Sunday Best requires me to read quite a lot. I enjoy it. I learn from others and after a while, I get the sense that I know some of you, even though I don’t. Not yet, anyway.
Another benefit of extensive reading is the exposure to many writing styles. There are some exceptional writers creating all sorts of great content. When I started this Best series in the spring, I occasionally struggled to find five articles I really liked. I wasn’t casting a very wide net.
Now, I struggle to narrow it down to a mere seven articles. And so I cheat. Like I did with a three-in-one up there, and a bullet point list of so many FinCon wrap-ups last week. It’s not my fault there are so many talented bloggers.
I’m a science geek with no writing background. In college, I was required to take one writing class. There was an offering called something like “Writing for the Health Sciences,” the perfect cop out for a pre-med who wouldn’t dare take one step outside of his comfort zone.
I remember a paper in which I made a cohesive argument for alcoholics to be allowed on the liver transplant waiting list, as long as they had shown they could maintain sobriety. I think that might be called foreshadowing, but we didn’t cover literary terms in the pre-med writing class.
I’ve got some catching up to do if I want to be a writer. “Every day is a school day,” as we would say in residency. In addition to dozens of blog posts, I try to read a few books. I just finished Stephen King’s On Writing, a sort of combination autobiography / “how to write good” book.
I’ll summarize his recommendations and share my favorite quote. Stevie says avoid the passive tense. Tell the truth. Adverbs are unnecessary and not needed. Avoid redundancy. Don’t repeat yourself.
Oh, and the quote:
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.”
I like that.
I just started reading my next book, which is a perfect follow up to Steven King. It’s a collection of thirteen Halloween short stories called Pumpkin Spirits by Mark Milbrath. I’m screening it, and if I don’t think it will give my boys too many nightmares, I will share it with them.
I’m not sure what the over / under is on the right amount of nightmares, but the boys made it through the Harry Potter series without crashing our bed in the middle of the night, so I think we’ll be alright.
Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE
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