Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Salon-January's Accomplishments, February's Goals, and My Husband's Blog

I didn't have any specific reading goals for January- I designated it "free read" month, meaning I could read what I wanted without respect to review obligations or release dates- and I have to say it was pretty great. Having said that, I did read one 2011 release (The Fates Will Find Their Way, by Hannah Pittard) and one book I'd agreed to review (Hygiene and the Assassin, by Amelie Nothomb) but those were things I wanted to read anyway. I took the time to read a few more 2010 books like The Bells and Drinking at the Movies as well. Overall I'm very satisfied with the month.

February will be devoted entirely to reading 2011 releases, once I fulfill my pledge to read a Booker Prize winner at the start of the month, probably Moon Tiger. Today I'm reading Tinkers, which I'm enjoying, and finishing up a comics collection. I've been really behind on my graphic novel reading lately and need to change that!  I think I've given up, at least temporarily, on Wandering Stars. Just not for me, at least not right now. It's not going in my latest round of weeded books, so that's a good sign.

I'm taking a writing class at Grub Street in Boston, a well-respected writing studio that's produced many successful writers. I'm learning about the short story in an introductory fiction class, which I chose because I've been writing fairly regularly for several months but I don't think I really know what I'm doing! Although this class is focused on the short story, I'm hoping to learn some elements of craft that I can apply to my novel writing.

And I'll have lots of time to write since as of Tuesday I'm out of a job. My year-long contract with the Association of Jewish Libraries is up after tomorrow and I'm continuing to look for work. I've had a couple of unsuccessful interviews so far and doing my best to comb this very lousy job market for something. Problem is, I'm not really sure what I want. A bookstore, a library, something with books or publishing or social media. Anybody got any ideas? :)

My husband is blogging now too- he's serializing his own novel at The Matter of Dreams. It's a science fiction thriller about the dream world, government conspiracies and the power of love. Read it!

Have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.