Busy week but somehow I managed to stay locked in to a writing groove. A lot of my writing sessions were like this, and I didn’t even mind…
The past couple of days has been like, "Oh god I'm too tired. Can't do the writing thing tonight… actually, what if…" and then 300ish words comes out.
You know what? I'm not mad at that. #amwriting
— Don Pizarro (@DonP) July 15, 2021
It’s what helped me pull off another “7 and 7” week!
- This week’s writing chain: 7 days
- Total writing days this week: 7 days
I finished–like, finished, finished my first short story in I don’t know how long. Did a final pass and sent it out to a beta reader yesterday. I don’t know if anything will ever come of it, but I do know that it’s as good as I can make it. So I’m going to sit on it for a few days before submitting it and moving onto the next thing.
I don’t necessarily like how my writing time seems like it’s eating up my reading time, but I can sure live with it.
While my book TBR list expands, I do manage to catch things online here and there. Like this article on “Why You Should @readappalachia”. (h/t to Belt Publishing!) And when I saw one of @readappalachia’s recommendations, it reminded me that my feelings of anger around flip-flopping intellectuals who try to cosplay rubes aren’t totally unreasonable.
“The book, What You’re Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte, is the gospel tract that I give to people from the region to get them to understand the region, and that “Hillbilly Elegy” is problematic at best.” The New York Times bestseller is widely known as a portrait of the region, and one reason why those who are local to Appalachia want more people to read work by Appalachians instead of outsiders….
By the way, I’ve also read and can heartily recommend WHAT YOU’RE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA.
Finished up LOKI the other day. I don’t know if they needed to stretch it out for 6 weeks; I feel like I would’ve enjoyed it more if I’d binged it all at once. But I like where they’re going with it!
IN THE WILD
This was my last WFH week. Back in the office on Monday, which means no more rolling out of bed 15 minutes before work and walking right over to the desk. Which means it’s back to a daily commute for me. And so it’s nice to know that the more things change on the regional public transit system, even during a pandemic, the more some things stay the same.