Showing posts from September, 2015

Off to a Good Start

I mentioned that I would be attending one conference, workshop, lecture, event, or class per month to help me feed my writing and Victorian passions. :) So, this weekend took care of September. On Saturday, I went to a fiction editing workshop. I went into the workshop knowing that I probably already knew most of what would be said (and I did), but I also know you can always learn something new (and I did). 
In my day job, I am an editor, but I edit nonfiction...which is very different from editing fiction. So, I learned a few little things to help me when I am writing fiction (and some things to avoid). Most of all, it was just nice to hear some really validating comments from someone who shares my line of work.
Other things going on:
1. This week I will be attending another writing conference (already scheduled) for several days. I'm excited, and this will take care of October's assignment. Also, I just found out about a small one-day conference on campus towards the middle …

Vacation...Last Day: Dickens, Victorian London, and Conferences

No, I did not become a slacker and neglect my posting promise! I had a headache that wouldn't stop and kept me in bed for a day...then that turned into feeling like I was coming down with more time asleep. Anyway, I finally feel better, which I guess is a good thing, because I have to go back to work tomorrow. (See how jazzed I sound?)

Once the headache passed, I continued my Dickens reading. I am about halfway through Sketches by Boz, and I am loving it. It is so funny, and because I am relaxed and not under grad school pressure, rereading Dickens is a whole new experience. I mean, I loved him before, but having such a rich background (due to the work I did in grad school) and coming to him fresh makes me see so many new things.

Also, I am using the Penguin version of Sketches. I snatched it up when I found it, because I don't often find decent editions of the less popular works around here. The notes are fascinating, and it is really fun to read this alongside…

Vacation: Day 5

It has been a day built around eating. I made a trip to Fresh Market this morning and bought steaks, veggies, coffee, and dessert. So, tonight, I grilled out, and we had a feast. Of course, this was after going for my usual Wednesday lunch with my grandmother at the assisted living center. Apparently, they had an Elvis impersonator today...AND I MISSED IT. This is cruel of the universe.

Other than that, I read a bit and wrote a bit. It's been a good day. :)

Yeah...let's hope so...


Vacation: Day 4

Ugh. This day. Exhausting and revealing in so many ways. Nothing dramatic or anything...just more signs from the cosmos (visible in small ways to no one but me, I guess) that things are in need of change. But that is a conversation for another time.
I've taken a small step into a larger project: I'm reading all of Dickens. I can't say "rereading" because I haven't read everything by him. I'm starting with Sketches by Boz and moving forward chronologically. I need more guidance about how to tackle the journalism, especially now that we just had some really significant leads and new additions this summer, so that will wait. I would like to read his letters alongside what he's writing at the time, so I need to make a trip to the library to get those. 
This is my first time to read Sketches by Boz, and I really like it. So many early portraits of characters to come. Such an amazing eye for surroundings and people. It is just fascinating.
Well, more later!

Vacation: Day 3

Wow. I really should have waited until really late last night to post! No, it isn't that anything super exciting happened, but I ended up watching Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte...and I was totally into the hot mess that is that movie! Wow. It was so over-the-top wonderful in so many ways.

Anyway, not much has happened of note. It has been a day of errand running. I did just attend a friend's book reception at the history department, and that was a lot of fun. I'm so proud of her! I couldn't stay long, but I am glad I was able to go.

Well, I am hoping for more energy and a better post tomorrow. I'm just kind of exhausted from the day's non-routine/running around!

Vacation: Day 2

Today was a fun day! I had a friend and fellow writing buddy signing books at Barnes & Noble, so I decided to make it a big family day. I loaded up the parents, and we went up to Flip Burger Boutique for lunch and then to the book signing. We all had the Oaxaca burger (AMAZING), and then we decided to have milkshakes...which always makes for a good day. (Yes, that would be me taking a picture of myself in the reflective ball is to the right.)

The book signing was great! My friend Nancee Cain was signing her book, and it was so great to see her there and signing as a published author! Dad was getting tired, so we couldn't stay too long, but it was a good time. Lots of laughter and relaxation, which is just what I needed.

I did take a short nap today, and then I went out to the assisted living center to visit my grandmother. And the evening was topped off by a fun phone call with my cousin, Jeff.

So, not a ton of thoughts to share today...just lots of fun!

Vacation: Day 1

Today has been uneventful, and that is a good thing! I'm ready for a bit of calm in my life, so having some free time to write, read, and think is is a venti iced coffee. Clearly, my addition is being fed.

As for the book: I really enjoy Judith Flanders's work. I bought Consuming Passions when I was in Oxford the second time, and it was so much fun to read. If you like social history with a lot of details, then go for it. I'm excited to get started with this one (my vacation purchase). It has taken me a while to get to this point, but I have to say that I really miss engaging in Victorian studies. I've made it one of my goals to get back into it.

This summer was a rough one. There was a health scare with my mom (she's fine, thank goodness), and then lots of other things happened that added to the stress. Good times. During all of this, I realized that I really missed what I will call my "literary life." Of course, I still read as much as alway…

Almost there...

In approximately three hours, I will be on vacation! Yay! One of my vacation goals is to blog every day. I am not sure I will have anything interesting to say, but at least it might help me make a move to get back into the habit of blogging again.

I plan to do a lot of reading and writing during my time off. I am so ready for this.