What I'm Reading
I'm taking a Contemporary Novels class this semester, and we're in the middle of a book called THE CORRECTIONS by Jonathan Franzen. It's a bit of a monster, over 500 pages, but I like it so far! It's about a family with all sorts of problems and drama (the dad suffers from Parkinson's, the oldest adult son is depressed, the middle son just lost his teaching job), which is totally my thing!
If you ever glance at my GoodReads app on the right side of my blog, you'll see that I'm pretty much always reading (or attempting to read) four or five books at a time. Right now I'm working through Laurie Halse Anderson's THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY (so good! Especially since I write a lot about military families), Lorrie Moore's short story collection SELF-HELP (lent to me by a friend and SO helpful with my own writing), and ANNA KARENINA (what else is new? I've grown emotionally attached to this book because I've been working through it for so long...I'll probably have a meltdown when I finish!).
What I'm Writing
SO. MANY. THINGS. My short story about a fifth grade girl who punches a kid at school who's bullying her younger brother is up for workshop this week in class. I wrote the first five pages of what I think willl become a longer story about a girl whose family (immediate and extended) all lives on the same eight acres of land, which causes drama, fighting, and a desire for the protagonist to escape. I'm not sure where the story will go, but I'm excited about this one! I also write a lot of shorter pieces for my travel writing class, most of which I'm hoping to work on today! Hopefully Writer Recharge will help me get some of these things done!
What Inspires Me Right Now
Honestly? Not much. I'm having to force myself to do most of my homework lately. I think I'm suffering delayed senioritis from Susquehanna because I never got it when I was there. I'm ready to become a selfish writer and only write stories that fit my thesis, only read the books/stories I want to, etc. Gotta make it through this semester first, though!
What Else is New?
I've suddenly become obsessed with puzzles. One of my friends had one halfway done in her apartment a few weeks ago, and the idea stuck in my head, so I went out and bought a beautiful Thomas Kinkade Beauty and the Beast one from Target. Finished it on Sunday!
|Pretty daunting at first...|
Happy Wednesday, everyone!