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The Creativity Desert and Getting My Groove Back

I am in desperate need of a vacation. This has been a rough year for me, and there hasn't been nearly enough down time to allow myself to recuperate and get my mental vitality back in order! I have been working on it, but it has been a challenge this year. I felt like I lost any kind of creative drive I had, and I really struggled with that over the last year. It is a horrible feeling for a writer to feel that blocked and shut out of her own mind. But the good news is that I am slowly coming back to myself. I think that so many things have happened over the last decade...graduate school, my dad's health issues, graduating grad school, new job, relationships (good and bad), blah, blah, blah. Life, basically. But, the biggest change of all was suddenly not having a project to work on anymore.

Looking back, I realize that I had spent nearly 10 years working toward a single document. There was always a project and goal: finish the dissertation...defend it...graduate. I did those t…

Book Reviews: Just in case you are interested

Just as an FYI: I am only posting book reviews to my Goodreads page these days. I don't review all the books I am reading, but I do review any I get from NetGalley or ones that seem really powerful to me. I just posted a review for Reconstructing Amelia -- BUT TAKE NOTE: THERE ARE SPOILERS

So, if you are interested, go to my Goodreads page:  Susan's Goodreads

What I have been reading since January....

WELL, I doubt that I will make my Goodreads challenge goal this year, even though I lowered it to 50 books. Pathetic for me, I know. But I have had so much going on this year that my reading habits have suffered. I plan to get back on track with that and with writing over the coming months.

Still, I did manage to read some books, and I managed to listen to others on audiobook...something I am surprised to find that  I love.

As for audiobooks, I have listened to:

A  Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night (am currently listening to The Book of Life, the last book in the trilogy) by Deborah Harkness. There are things about this series that I like...and things I really hate. I love the secondary characters, and I really like the vampire Mathew. I really don't love the heroine Diana, though. She irritates me to death. And sometimes I feel like she can be "too stupid to live." I was ready to give up after the second book, but I had invested so much time into listening to this …

Nothing ever changes...

From "The North Platte Semi-Weekly" paper (North Platte, Nebraska), April 19, 1898.

What am I reading?

Well, at the moment, a lot of things. I am listening to the audiobook version of Shadow of Night (by Deborah Harkness). I am reading a biography of Virginia Woolf (the one by Hermione Lee), and slowly making my way through The Untethered Soul (by Michael Singer). The Harkness book is good, but there is a lot that could be easily left out and it is trying my patience a bit. And if there is mention of another "nudging glance," I will scream. I just started the Woolf bio, and I imagine that will take a long time. The final book on this list results from the fact that I have had some turmoil in my life recently, and I find this soothing to read. So, here's hoping it rubs off on me. :)

My Great-Great-Great-Grandmother was a "Mean Girl"

Always fun to find out your third great-grandmother was causing trouble for Ulysses S. Grant and his future wife. Sounds like my great-great-great grandmother was a "mean girl." (Her name is Fanny Morrison, and her sister is Georgia Morrison.) AND I really want to know what is going on with the apple seed incident...:
From a letter from Ulysses S. Grant to Julia Dent (his future wife)...

“The happiness of seeing you again can hardly be realized, and then like you I have so much that I would like to say and don’t want to write. –Julia do tell me the secrets that Georgia M disclosed to you—I think I can guess them from what follows in your letter—Georgia M is a very nice modest and inexperienced girl and can very easily be made to believe anything her oldest sister tells her—I know very well that Fanny has told her that I was in love with her and she founds her reasons for thinking so upon what followed took place at your house—You remember the occurrence of the apple seeds? Fan…

Con Job: Stories of Adjunct & Contingent Labor

Yes. This is right on.

What to do with this blog?????

So, yesterday (March 6) marked the nine-year-anniversary of this blog. I began writing on here in 2005, near the end of my MLIS degree, as an attempt to keep up with friends and family as I moved on to PhD work in Florida. When life changed my plans (location-wise, anyway), I ended up continuing the blog. I wrote fairly regularly until the end of my PhD.

Admittedly, I haven't written much since.   :(

What to do? I just don't know. Should I keep this "space"...whatever I use this "space" for? Should I let it die in cyberspace? Should I print a copy for myself and delete it? I just don't know. And, yet, part of me doesn't want to give it up.

I don't need the outlet anymore, and I  have no interest in doing more book reviews. I don't mind keeping it as a space where I can vent about what I am reading, but it won't be a "review" space exactly. Ugh. What to do???

Winter: Go Away!!!