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    Writing, reading

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    MFA grad-creative writing, fiction
  • About my avatar
    Rocks in a mountain stream. Meaning? I like rocks and mountain streams. :)
  • Favorite music
    jumps around. TSO, Todd Agnew, Broken Walls, Alathea, a song here, a song there.
  • Favorite creative writing
    subject to change without warning: Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Shelby Foote, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Leslie Leyland Fields
  1. CherylR

    Erik Larson

    I liked Isaac's Storm quite a bit, and I'd recommend checking it out. Larson wove modern scientific views on natural disasters into the Galveston hurricane narrative quite well, I think. I finished it yesterday. I really enjoyed reading it; thanks for recommending it.
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    Calvin and Hobbes returns!

    These are great! Thanks for posting.
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    Erik Larson

    I liked Isaac's Storm quite a bit, and I'd recommend checking it out. Larson wove modern scientific views on natural disasters into the Galveston hurricane narrative quite well, I think. Thanks, Jason. I'll check it out.
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    Erik Larson

    An interview. The Devil in the White City never really clicked for me--it was two parallel stories that never really merged for me. In The Garden of the Beasts on the other hand was hard to put down. I haven't read any of his others--but, maybe, some day....
  5. Adam McHugh has re-entered the blogging world. Of course, maybe you didn't realize he had left.
  6. One of the best.books. ever. "Hey, I'm not the only one who does that!" type moments were frequent.
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    2013 Reading Journals

    Finished Things That Fall From the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier and The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Currently reading Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes, The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie, and Burning Bright by Ron Rash.
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    Nighttime Reading Habits

    Hmm. I have the same set and am a little daunted by its length. But breaking it down like you're thinking might just be the ticket. I've taken to shutting off my computer at 7 (sometimes it's on until 7:30), so I will have reading time in the evening.
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    Nighttime Reading Habits

    I usually work in an hour or more in the evenings, since I don't watch much TV.
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    2013 Reading Journals

    Currently reading Things That Fall From the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier
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    2013 Reading Journals

    No kidding--Amazon does make it way too easy. At least I've trained myself to click "add to wish list" instead of "buy now" (most of the time, anyway). What's sort of, kind of, filling my buying impulses are the free books for Kindle. It's a sad substitute, though. But, I just dug through my unread stacks of books looking for one I've already read, (and didn't find--probably in a box in the basement) and the guilt of all those unread books set in again. As for now, I'll wait for the library. Watch--"Gone Girl" will become available the two weeks in June we're on vacation and I'll have to start the waiting process all over again. oy.
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    2013 Reading Journals

    Gavin, you are seriously testing my resolve not to buy any new books until I read more of what I've already bought. ::fingers itching to click over to Amazon::
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    Tim O'Brien

    Good idea for a topic, Christian.
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    2013 Reading Journals

    52 is my goal--book a week, even though I think I should read more, even though I have no idea why. ::sigh:: I'm also going to try to post more reviews on Goodreads. I'm also going to really try to read the books I've bought but not read before buying new ones or, if it's a book I want to read but haven't bought, try to get it from the library**--which could also have the added benefit of learning to be patient. (I'm currently at #548 for Gone Girl.) January: Things That Fall From the Sky by Kevin Brockmeier The Round House by Louise Erdrich Burning Bright by Ron Rash Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O'Brien The Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie February: Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds by Sanja Gupta, MD Issac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson American Ghost by Janis Owens Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan March Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See The Master Butcher's Singing Club by Louise Erdrich Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn April Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman May The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength and the Power of Family by Josh Hanagarne The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day June Whose Names are Unknown by Sanora Babb The Writer's Book of Inspiration: Quotes on Writing and the Literary Life by Stephanie Gunning Leaving Resurrection by Eva Saulitis Ghosts of Alaska: Stories and Legends from the Last Frontier by Jody Ellis-Knapp Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories by Melinda Moustakis The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo July The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Shiloh by Shelby Foote The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams The Hanging in the Foaling Barn: Stories by Susan Starr Richards The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner's Manuel by Victoria A. Mixon The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors by Louise Erdrich **subject to change without notice.