Top web reads of October

And that’s October done. It was a weird month for me. There were moments of fun. Many moments of fun.

But there were also moments of mojo FOMO. But that’s okay. Because it’s hard to feel like you’re really missing out on anything when you get to spend most days with these two gorgeous kids.


Here’s what caught my eye on the interwebs this month.

Family and life

How to break a bad habit – Step 1

Those of you who know that I quit chocolate in October last year will understand why this appeals to me. The fabulous Maxabella of Maxabella loves has quit Diet Coke, and she’s written a nine-part series about breaking habits. It starts with step 1 (logically). But if you’re someone who usually skips to the ending, perhaps you’d rather start here: How to break a bad habit – DONE.

Gate 25

This post from Jess at EssentiallyJess is heart-wrenching. She perfectly captures the guilt, fear and pain of being about to lose a loved one. All those what ifs bouncing around your head, with nothing to stop them. We’re all thinking of you, Jess. Thank you for sharing your words.

Language and writing

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

This is an old post, but I only came across it this month. My favourite rule is number 11:

Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

Food for thought

Oversung Heroes & the Needless

“In breaking news, a man did something nice for a disabled person.” That’s how this post starts, and it continues unapologetically dismantling every feelgood story that is shared on social media and showing them for what they are. You’ll think about it long after you’ve finished reading it.

Australia has been asleep for too long: Christos Tsiolkas

This is a fascinating interview with the author of The Slap and Barracuda. I’m not sure that I agree with every word, but it certainly set the brain cogs a-whirring, and I guarantee it will for you, too.

Study shows that music can rewire the brain

It’s not a new thought (has anyone else read Oliver Sacks’s Musicophilia?), but a new study has shown that regular practice of an instrument can rewire the brain, and increase the size of certain brain centres. “The results of this study strongly suggest that practising musicians do in fact have a rewired brain that allows them to not only be better musicians but also better communicators in general.”

Shameless self-promotion

Grammartistry with Em: all about commas, colons and full stops

A few exciting things happened in October. One is that I officially became a contributor at Flying Solo, Australia’s online community of sole traders and small business owners. My first contribution may look familiar to long-term followers of the blog: it’s a somewhat cheeky introduction to punctuation basics in the style of Practical Grammactical.

10 things I know about breaking a chocolate addiction

In October, I also celebrated an anniversary: the anniversary of quitting chocolate. And I celebrated it by writing this guest post for the lovely ladies of Champagne Cartel. (And also by relaxing the ban long enough to enjoy a slice of my mum’s famous peppermint hedgehog. Just one slice. Okay, three. Four, tops.)


That’s what caught my eye in October. What did you enjoy reading?


  1. says

    Thanks for putting the Bad Habits series in there, Em. It was a cathartic experience to write, that’s for sure. I think I’ll turn it into a freebie ebook ready for the new year… we all got bad habits to crack then! x

    • Emily says

      I feel better not eating as much chocolate. I just have more energy, which seems counter intuitive, but there you go!

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