Dana Stabenow is one of my favourite mystery authors. Over at Sisters in Crime, she gives great advice on using Google Alerts.
The Boston Globe has an intriguing article on The Power of Lonely. Solitude isn't necessarily a bad thing, and may actually be a healthy part of living and socialising. [article via @vaughanbell who shares the most interesting neuroscience/psychological stuff] In fact, the article makes me wonder if the power of solitude is why serious writing requires the internet (and all its social engagement) to be off -- for me, at least.
On the other hand, what's the point of starving in an attic? Cafe Poets is a program to get poets out, into coffeehouses and starting conversations.