I spent the majority of my writing time this week engaged in some writing practice, which is to say “the practice of writing.” I’m surprised I had time at all; for a short week it sure didn’t feel like one at work. But I got myself caught up, so maybe just having a lighter psychic weight paid off. Carrying a lighter physical weight might be helping too — my back, at least. Unfortunately, I haven’t followed through on the process of letting go of old tech, but it’s on the list!
No, it’s not you. Just diddling around with the formatting a bit for this post. Might keep it. Might not.
Longest Writing Chain This Week: 1 day; but 3 writing days overall. That’s progress, right?
Revisions on Short Story 01 continue, but I’m also spending that writing time “sketching” so to speak in my notebook. You can thank Lydia Davis and some of the things I read in ESSAYS ONE.
ROTTING MY BRAIN
As promised, I did a Quickie Review of KNIVES OUT. It was so good!
Much like my To Be Read pile, I decided, Fuck my To Be Watched queue and took in the first couple of episodes of something deep in the backlog, season 3 of WYNONNA EARP. And after that, I plan to catch up with THE MAGICIANS.
The next few things on the list:
- A couple of weeks of DOCTOR WHO Series 12
- Season 2 of THE EXPANSE
- A couple of weeks of the HARLEY QUINN cartoon
- The first episode of STAR TREK: PICARD
FEEDING MY HEAD
Just picked up a bunch of things in a curated Write Now! Story bundle. And I’m starting with Kit Reed’s (may she rest in peace) STORY FIRST: THE WRITER AS INSIDER. I knew it was a good choice when I came upon this passage…
You don’t have to be a hatchet murderer to write about one. At some time in your life you’ve had murderous feelings. Use them.
Also, the aforementioned ESSAYS ONE.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
I was a big Jim Lehrer NewsHour fan. Even though I didn't read a single one of his novels, he was a literary inspiration to me because he somehow cranked out a novel a year while basically running NewsHour. #RIP https://t.co/nz3LMwwfFp
— Don Pizarro (@DonP) January 23, 2020
I remember writing an entry on an old blog that didn’t seem to make it over to this one about Jim Lehrer. The man helped build and maintain a PBS institution and still managed to get writing done. And that’s always fascinated me. A novel a year for twenty-someodd years? I haven’t read a single one, but if you assume for the sake of a thought experiment that they were all bad, just getting them done on top of everything else is quite the accomplishment!
IN THE WILD