Many of you may not know that I tend to move frequently. Pursuing the life of an academic and, therefore, many advanced degrees, requires moving from city to city and school to school. Thankfully my next move will have me situated in one place for at least four years, since I’ll be a doctoral student!
But what if procrastination actually helps you produce creative content? What if those hours avoiding the blank page contribute to that one beautiful line to trump all other sentences you’ve written?
by Harper Lee
Reading Challenges: Read Like Rory
Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is assigned reading in most middle schools and high schools. I can still recall sitting in 8th English talking about Scout and Atticus Finch. As I aged, these memories stuck with me and Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley were recognizable names. Their personalities and stories, however, were replaced by other characters and other memories.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Have you seen that commercial for Amazon Prime that talks about the show hole? It’s the feeling you get when you binge watch a series only for it to end. For those of us who are bookworms, we’re more familiar with the reading hole.
A great book ends and you don’t know what to do with yourself. You can’t even think of picking up a new book, because it feels like cheating. Starting something so new so soon is inappropriate. Read more
I want to swallow the world
To know everything at my deepest core
To intimately understand all
To embrace omniscience
To become Sophia
Photo credit: Murdoch Campbell
by Hilary Thayer Hamann
When I first picked up “Anthropology of an American Girl,” I approached it with sarcasm. A friend of mine had joked about developing an American Studies class about the elusive American Girl. My response to him was that Hilary Thayer Hamann’s book could potentially be the textbook. After reading Hamann’s work, though, I am flabbergasted and regret my prior scoffing. Read more
When we pick up a book it’s safe to say that we’re focused on the words. The words, the sentences, and the paragraphs form the narrative that engages us. We read for the information conveyed and the story told.
What about that which goes between the words? What about the punctuation?
The writing spot provides focus and inspiration. It is the writer’s retreat from the world where words move from the imagination to the page.
I think I can say with confidence that every writer has the spot even if it exist only in their mind, because location or money prohibit the imaginative spot from existing. Read more
The review backlog goes as far back as Spring 2014! Since March 2014 I have meant to review Lit by Marry Karr, which inspired a poem I posted in the “Writing” section. Although the memoir inspired me to write and it made the 20 in Your 20s challenge, I never reviewed it!