Wednesday, September 25, 2013
What's Up Wednesday? It's been a while...
What I'm Reading
Grad school has made my GoodReads shelves go CRAZY! In 4 weeks (I'm in the middle of week 5 right now), I've read six books and am currently working through three more. AAHHHHH. Right now I'm reading Alice Munro's short story collection, HATESHIP, FRIENDSHIP, COURTSHIP, LOVESHIP, MARRIAGE, for my Readings in Fiction class. I'm also two-thirds of the way through David Foster Wallace's collection, GIRL WITH CURIOUS HAIR. For YA Lit, I'm finishing up THE CHOCOLATE WAR. I kept up a good reading pace for the first three weeks or so, but I slipped last week because I had two presentations and a story due. [This genius accidentally scheduled everything for the same week...oops.] Here's hoping I can catch up!
What I'm Writing
In one sense, I'm taking a break from my WIP to write short stories. BUT these stories just happen to have the same cast of characters and some of the same scenes as my WIP. ;) I wasn't ready to put these characters on hold, and I already know them so well, it made sense to write some new adventures for them that I can use in my novel. I've already turned in one short story and am conferencing with my professor this afternoon.
What Inspires Me Right Now
The other people in my MFA program. We've all gotten to know each other pretty well already because we have two of our three classes together and are reading each other's work every week. I love hearing what everyone else is writing about, and it inspires me to work harder in my own writing.
What Else Is New?
I'm running! I run around the indoor track at the gym 3-4 times a week using the Couch to 5K iPhone app. It's been really helpful and now I can run for five straight minutes without stopping, which I've never been able to do before in my life.
I'm also crocheting again. This was prompted by my apartment's sudden temperature plunge. The university hasn't turned the heat on yet, and for some reason my apartment is colder than the weather outside...? Just gotta bundle up and tough it out until the heat comes on!
Lastly, we had our first visiting writer come to campus a week or so ago. His name is Wiley Cash and I'm OBSESSED with his book, A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME. It's southern, dramatic, and so well written (it reminds me of Tom Bailey, my favorite professor from Susquehanna, and his writing style). He read an excerpt from his new book that's coming out in January. I can't wait that long, I want it now!
So what's up with everybody else this Wednesday? What sorts of things have I missed in the past month? FILL ME IN, FOLKS! :)