Monthly Wrap is my monthly post about recent happenings and things I’m loving or just feel like sharing. In other words, whatever happens to be taking up space in my brain. Here’s where my head has been lately:
I took a trip to Manhattan a couple weeks ago. It was part solo trip and part family trip, but I had an amazing time. The solo part of the trip was very self-indulgent and bookish. I’m currently working on a post. I also saw Anastasia on Broadway and went to Birdland Jazz Club for the first time. Both were wonderful.
I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I had not read Virginia Woolf until now, but I am making my way through Mrs. Dalloway and very much enjoying it. I think I’ve avoided her work because, based on some silly notion, I thought her work would be slow and difficult to get in to. That was my mistake- big time. I am absorbing this book.
I started reading the Paper Girls graphic novels by Brian K. Vaughn last month. It is a fun mashup of 80s nostalgia, time-travel, and sci-fi.
There’s really no excuse for it, but I just have not made NYD a priority this month as much as I would have liked. Sorry for that. I fully intend to get it together in the coming weeks and start putting out regular content again.
Another Writing Class
I started an Essentials of Creative Writing class this month, part of the workshop series I have been attended through Emory University since last summer. It feels amazing to start back up. I find that taking courses motivates me to both work on my fiction regularly and to push myself as I learn more about the craft. Also, these classes usually involve a significant amount of reading homework, which exposes me to short stories and articles I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own. I really think reading and writing allows us to examine our own minds in a fresh way.