Beyond the Blog | 12.21.2014

A sliver of life beyond the blog.

currently // Remembering that it’s Sunday and I should, you know, post my weekly BTB update.

manuscripts // So much writing. And it’s good? I don’t know, normally I kind of scratch things out and capture these awful stretches of dialogue or random exposition and it’s a muddled mess requiring a metric fuckton of red ink and patience to disentangle. But it’s like things are clicking into place, and I’m writing my first drafts with the same care I’ve found lately with my 1:1000 pieces. It’s not effortless, but it’s a less labored process, less belabored writing.

marginalia // This week more than made up for last week’s disappointment. I finished Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun on audio. It was surreal, disturbing, and alternated between dreamlike and nightmarish – appropriate given that it’s an apocalyptic tale of a (mostly) insomniac world. Definitely one I may need to reread in print. I spent several gym sessions reading The Secret Place by Tana French, until I couldn’t deal with the suspense and read the last half of it sitting on my couch, doing a piss-poor job with that whole muscle recovery thing. I adore Tana French, and I’m not sure where this one falls in ranking order. Unquestionably last: Faithful Place. Sorry, not sorry. And I spent the better part of this evening reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Still processing, but beautiful and imaginative, well-plotted and well-written.

blogging // I think I’m going to throw in the towel and say I’m going on a holiday hiatus. I’ll be back next week, word nerds. Have a wonderful week, enjoy the holidays if you celebrate (and hopefully days off if you don’t). Read plenty and write more.

one more thing // Congrats to the winners of my first ever giveaway! Your prizes will be in the mail tomorrow.

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