This page marks the beginning of a new project, The Late Bloomer’s Encyclopedia of Life Change, which I plan to publish as an ebook (or maybe a Wiki) next year.

You can find “10 Tips For Doing Something” anywhere, but I want to

  • emphasize the arts and humanities and
  • feature authors and teachers with rich, diverse backgrounds.

Please help me by sending your books, people and resources to elle.b at and I’ll add them here (with attribution).

Archaeology, Myth and Folklore

Curious? Gene Lempp’s Designing from the Bones series combines exciting myth and archaeology research with writing inspiration.

Archaeology Magazine, the official publication of the Archaeology Institute of America, writes for the general public.

Oxford University Continuing Education teaches individual online courses, such as “Exploring Roman Britain,” “Greek Mythology” and “Ritual and Religion in Prehistory.”

Serious? University of Leicester offers online Archaeology and Ancient History degrees, from a post-grad certificate through a Ph.D. Leicester’s Archaeology program always ranks in the UK’s top five. I enrolled with the thought of completing my Ph.D, only to realize (again) that I really, really hate academic writing.


Coming soon.


Coming soon.

Articles On Late Blooming

See  “The Late Bloomer Internet Reading List”.

Blogging: General

Note: These are not affiliate links. I really believe in these folks:

Annabel Candy’s Successful Blogging In 12 Easy Steps sets you up, gets you writing and helps you market. Annabel is a busy mother and travel writer who doesn’t cater to blogging fads or hype.

Dave Doolin’s Blog Post Engineering emphasizes “unSEO for Writers, Authors, Artists, Radicals, Freaks, Revolutionaries, Malcontents, Crafters and Crofters, and various & sundry Scoundrels, Rascals and Ne’er-do-wells. &c.” I don’t pay much attention to search engine optimization, but I learned a few tricks from Dave that landed on Google page one for the term “late bloomers” — a few positions under Malcolm Gladwell.

Blogging: For Writers

Kristen Lamb’s Blog explains why traditional marketing doesn’t sell books. Namely, books are not tubes of toothpaste and writers are not tacos.

Books: Fiction By Late Bloomers

See “14 Free Books by Literary Late Bloomers”.

Books: Nonfiction About Late Blooming

Note: These are Amazon affiliate links. I have this wild notion of partially subsidizing my book-buying habit.

Distance Learning

Curious? Check out free eCourses at Academic Earth, OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW) and iTunes U.


Late Bloomer Productions runs an 8-week course wherein participants co-create and co-own a finished film. They’re in Portland.


She Writes Blooming Late group features support, conversation, inspiration for women writers over 40. Helmed by the sensational Samantha Stacia.

Life Coaching

If you’re feeling stuck about your direction, life coaching might help. It’s not therapy, it’s passion alchemy.

You can find dozens of 20-somethings who cite dropping out of college and becoming a internet entrepreneur as their license to life coach. I can personally vouch for the care and integrity of coaches Tina Robbins and Tanya Geisler, who’ve lived fascinating other lives before earning respected coaching certificates.

I’ve not personally worked with Dave Stevens, but I can heartily recommend his blog and mission to help folks maximize their midlife potential.

Multiple Passions

The DaVinci Dilemma website by Lisa Rothstein and Liisa Kyle features quizzes and resources to help you discover, enjoy, direct, organize and work with your many talents. Wish I’d come up with that name!

When I Grow Up blog by Michelle Ward. Still trying to decide what you want to be when you grow up? Me too. 🙂 blog: “Lifestyle Design for Multipotentialites!”

The Renaissance Soul, a book by Margaret Lobenstine. I mention it in Why Are Some People Late Bloomers, Part 2.

Writing: Fiction: Knowledge Base

In a class by itself, author Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Writer’s Knowledge Base curates the best fiction writing information on the web.

Writing: Fiction: Structure

Alexandra Sokoloff teaches screenwriting tips for writers. I bought her book and found her instruction invaluable when I participated in National Novel Writing Month last year.

Larry Brooks also paid his dues in Hollywood before turning to novel writing. His blog is a treasure trove of insight and experience.

Writing: Nonfiction: Blogging

Study Kelly Diels‘ “Sunday School for Sentences” when you’re weary of “how  to” headlines and interminable lists.

  • Prologue: God, Sex and Dazzling Sentences
    1. Sunday School for Sentences #1: Explain the Expected in Unexpected Ways
    2. Sunday School for Sentences #2: The (Textual) Reverse Cowgirl
    3. Sunday School for Sentences #3: Object Lessons (from Kanye West and JD Salinger)
    4. Sunday School for Sentences #4: How to Give Good Quote
    5. Sunday School For Sentences #5: Why You Should Write Bad Poetry
    6. Sunday School for Sentences #6: Two Damn Fine Writing Tips
    7. Sunday School for Sentences #7: There Are No Magic Words
    8. Sunday School for Sentences #8: How To Execute a Climax or Series of Climaxes. I’m talking About Writing. Mostly.
    9. Sunday School for Sentences #9: Thread the Grommets, Lace the Corset, Feed the Rabbits
    10. Sunday School For Sentences #10 – Work It
    11. Sunday School for Sentences #11: The Pigs In Space Edition
    12. Sunday School for Sentences #12: Screw SEO. I Write (Wackadoo Titles) for PEOPLE, Not Search Engines. And So Should You.
    13. Sunday School for Sentences #13: How to Write an Intimate Cosmology of Cheesecake, Cheesecake Shots (or not) and Shoplifting
    14. Sunday School for Sentences #14: What Picasso And Dave Chappelle Know about Writing. For Realz.