Don't pass out because I am actually posting something...

Wow. I have really been out of the blogging world. I haven't blogged anything in a really long time, mainly because I have been so busy in my "real world" job. The end of the summer through the holidays are my busiest time around here, so I just haven't had the time (nor have I felt energized or inspired enough) to write anything.

I am finally feeling like I want to step back into my "literature" world again, so I have set a few goals for myself. One goal in particular is to get something ready to submit to the VI conference next year. I don't want to quit working in the field I spent the better part of a decade participating in! So, I am working out some possible avenues of research at the moment. The only thing I know for sure is that I don't want to write about Dickens! :)

As far as my other writing: I am finishing up a chapter on A. E. Wilson, and I am outlining my NaNoWriMo project. This is the first year I feel up to it since 2008, so I am ready to go on Nov. 1!

As far as what I am reading: I had to take a break from the Alabama novel thing for a while, because I felt overloaded. I will get back to it eventually, but for now...well, I just need a break. So, I picked up a book in a genre I rarely read: mystery. I started reading Chelsea Mansions by Barry Maitland, and I love it! Granted, like an idiot, I started with a book late in the "Brock and Kolla" series. Still, Maitland doesn't include a lot of spoilers--or, if he does, they are cleverly worked into the story, and I have no idea I am being spoiled on earlier books. I have already bought the first book (The Marx Sisters), and I will probably go ahead and read that next. I also want to read the new Christopher Rice novel, and I hope to read Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling soon.

In other news, I am turning my spare room into a home office, which is LONG overdue. I can't wait until it is finished. I have cleaned out EVERYTHING in the room and gotten rid of tons of stuff, including books. The goal, eventually, is to buy new bookshelves for the room. Until then, it will be fairly haphazard and nothing will match. But that is okay. I will just be happy to have a space to work/write. Right now, my huge desk takes up so much room in my bedroom. I also find it hard to work in the bedroom, because I associate it with sleep (obviously). That is why most of my dissertation was written in coffee shops. :)

Well, hopefully, I will get back to this blogging thing soon. Hope all is well with you!


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