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So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I started working on January 23, and getting used to an 8:30am to 5pm full-time shift has been difficult in terms of energy when I get home. I’m happy to be working and I love my job, I just wish that I could be more willing to read when I get home.

I still plan on writing an essay on Dispatches, I just need to stop falling into the TV trap when I get home from work. Hopefully I can get started on the book sometime this week, even if I only read a few pages a night. I’d like to have it done by Saturday, so I’ve just got to find the motivation to get it done.

Thanks for your patience. I hope you are continuing to read. If you have any advice as to ways I can remind myself to read, please let me know in the comments.

Thanks.

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Update – 1/15/2012

This has actually turned out to be a bit of a busy week for me. I actually haven’t finished reading the book Writers on Writing because it’s a series of essays and I don’t want to feel like I’m rushing through any. I want to actually digest the information in this book and really consider if the perspectives of each writer is something I agree with or could apply to my life. I do plan on finishing it this week, hopefully by Tuesday. So ideally, I will have an article about my own perspective of writing up by Thursday.

After that, I’m not quite sure what book I plan to read. I actually went to the Goodwill yesterday and bought five books for seven dollars. I picked up Dispatches by Michael Herr, Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell by John Crawford, and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. All of these books are new to me, except for The Road. I sold my copy of The Road a few years ago. I’m not quite sure if I want to dive into one of these new books or if I want to read a collection of short stories. For once, I’ll let the choice be a surprise.

On an unrelated note, sometime this week I’m going to go back through all of the update posts and edit the titles. Truthfully, “Update” doesn’t sound all that inviting. Maybe “Now reading” or “This week’s book” or some other title would be better.

As always, thanks for reading. Have a great week.

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Update – 1/7/2012

As I scan the books on my bookshelf, I realize that there are several collections of essays and short stories that I have never read. One book was actually a gift from Christmas 2010 and is called Writers on Writing. It’s a collection of essays from The New York Times. When I’m finished reading this book, I’m going to create two entries: one entry will be my perspective on the art of writing, and the other entry will be a piece of fiction or a standard essay.

As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

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Update – 1/2/2012

First and foremost, I’d like to wish everyone a late Happy New Year. I hope everyone had  safe, fun holiday.

With that said, it’s time to decide what the first book I will read in the new year will be. Traditionally, I’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo since it’s my favorite book. However, it is a long read and in the interest of getting something new on this blog before the end of the week, I’d like to change things up a bit and try something new.

Therefore, the first book I will read in 2012 will be Things Fall Apart, the classic novel by Chinua Achebe. I will do my best to get a post up by Thursday.

As far as the two promised poems based on lines from Maurice Kilwein Guevara go, I’m targeting end of January/early February as a time to post them. I’d like to spend as much time as possible with them before putting them online. In the interest of protecting that part of my intellectual property though, I may choose to incorporate them in a video or a sound file as opposed to just posting the written words.

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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Update – 12/22/2011

I’ve decided to hold off on publishing my two poems based on lines from Guevara’s Poema. I want to give myself time to edit them and make them as strong as possible. In the meantime, I’m going to reread And Now You Can Go by Vendela Vida. That essay should be posted sometime within the next week.

Until then, thanks for reading and happy holidays to everyone.

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Update – 12/14/2011

The new entry based on Through the Broken Mirror with Alice is just below this post. In other news, I’ve decided that I’m going to switch genres from fiction to poetry and read Maurice Kilwein Guevara’s Poema.

Instead of doing an essay based on a sentence, I’m going to use a line from Guevara’s poetry as the epigraph for an original poem. I think it’s fair to aim to write at least two poems, which means that next week there should be two updates, both of them poems.

In the meantime, I’m getting ready to celebrate my 22nd birthday on Friday (December 16). It’s not a milestone, but I’m going to see some people I haven’t seen in a while and enjoy the weekend.

Thanks for reading and take care.

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Update – 12/1/2011

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to give it another week or so before I tackle the task of doing a collection of poems or short stories. I keep going back and forth in my head over what the best decision is, so I’m going to give myself more time to finalize a thought.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to read a book I told my mother I’d read, which is Through the Broken Mirror with Alice by Maia Wojciechowska. It’s a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-glass, centered on a foster child from Harlem named Alice. It actually seems like an interesting book and a relatively quick read, so hopefully I get to it some time early next week.

I’ve also decided to drop the “based on a sentence from” portion on entry titles. It makes the titles longer than they need to be and is becoming repetitive. I’m going to go back and edit the titles to reflect this change.

Thanks for reading.

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