My friends make cool things.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you’re probably well-immersed in technology and the web. On this page, I want to point to some of the non-technical things that my friends and family are doing. Everyone here is someone I trust and respect; be aware, though, that this is a very non-exhaustive list.

Music, art & illustration

Pre-Apocalyptic Love Song yellowHannah Werdmuller’s first album is over here. You can also stream and download newer songs for free on Soundcloud. It’s witty, smart, pared-down stuff.

Hannah also does illustration work. Here are some examples.

Twitter: @hanjabanja

Music shadow as seen on the BBCCelia Richards is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, a career arts administrator, and artist. Her work – intricate and beautiful – has been featured by the BBC, the Scotsman and around the web. Take a closer look here.

Twitter: @celiaka

Writing and literary

3_2Nine is a writer and guerrilla traveler who has written and/or edited for titles including The Skinny, The Rumpus and PinkNews. Her zine, If Destroyed Still True, is beautifully written – early issues include some of the most devastating pieces I’ve ever read – and you can get in on the action by making use of her freelance literary services.

Twitter: @supernowoczesna

Sarah Dessen needs no introduction: she’s a hugely popular, New York Times bestselling young adult author. She’s been consistently encouraging about my own writing, offering her very grateful cousin tips and pointers to resources along the way. Don’t knock her social media prowess, either: she had an author blog and was experimenting with social tools well before it was the done thing.

Twitter: @sarahdessen