The Daily Port of Call: February 24, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Port of Call, you’ll find writers’ residencies on Amtrak, a Twitter tale from Philip Pullman, and why writers need to make messes. Also, in the last week before Writership 2014 launches, we’ll share some of our favorite blog posts.

All aboard! Writers’ residencies on Amtrak.

Here are ways to help your favorite authors beyond buying their books.

Philip Pullman is posting the tale of Jeffrey the housefly on Twitter.

Here is a list of some of the coolest places to read a book.

Anne Lamott cautions writers about perfectionism. “What people somehow (inadvertently, I’m sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here — and, by extension, what we’re supposed to be writing.”

From Publisher’s Weekly, here are the most anticipated books of the spring.

Finally, from Writership, are you doing enough dream chasing?