Reading List #8 — Go Tell it on the Mountain

The past couple of weeks I visited family in good ole West Virginia, and I read two books and just under half of another. The posts that follow are what I read while I was there. Maybe James Baldwin’s well-known religious-themed Go Tell it on the Mountain was appropriate fare for my trip. This textContinue reading “Reading List #8 — Go Tell it on the Mountain”

Reading List # 7 — Cat’s Cradle

Recently I read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and I have to say that I am surprised that this is my first time reading it. I should have discovered Vonnegut ages ago. I should have read his whole body of work by now. In short, I love it and I’m glad to be reading it. SomeContinue reading “Reading List # 7 — Cat’s Cradle”

Reading List #6 — The Remains of the Day

Here are my notes on The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I recently did a presentation project about The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is on my reading list — two birds with one stone and all that. This novel is a heavily internal narrative centered on an English butler named Stevens, anContinue reading “Reading List #6 — The Remains of the Day”

Sprint Week Story: “The Ghost and I Watched the Sky Fall Together”

Well, dear Readers, Sprint Week is over! I had an awesome time working with and learning from Kelcey Parker this week, and I think I got some good ideas out of it. I’m excited about the prospects this new knowledge and outlook (story=structure) will have on my writing. I promised that I would post theContinue reading “Sprint Week Story: “The Ghost and I Watched the Sky Fall Together””

Sprint Week, Day 2: Let it Go

The readings for today’s sprint class had a common theme: forget your hangups and go with your gut when it comes to architecture. Louis Kahn, in “Form and Design” (1961), told the story of a young architect coming to him with a problem: he could dream as big as he wanted, but as soon asContinue reading “Sprint Week, Day 2: Let it Go”

Sprint Week and Other Updates, Or, The Short Story of How Liz Has Too Much to Do and Yet Keeps Piling Stuff on Anyway

Hey all! Sorry I’ve been so absent lately. Things (novel-ing, grad school-ing, reading, writing, Final Fantasy-ing) have been hectic. Here’s a quick rehash of what I’ve been up to: -Louisville Comic Con (haven’t decided yet whether or not I’m going to write a post about this — I’ll have to find a connection to writing,Continue reading “Sprint Week and Other Updates, Or, The Short Story of How Liz Has Too Much to Do and Yet Keeps Piling Stuff on Anyway”

Reading List #5 — The Man in the High Castle

Here we go again. Please don’t worry about whether or not I’m going to be able to read all these books by August — I’ve read more than 5 of them, but I’m just behind on my posts. Phillip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is a fantastic science fiction/literary masterpiece that takesContinue reading “Reading List #5 — The Man in the High Castle”

WARNING: Rant Ahead — Liz’s Thoughts on “Genre”

First of all, WordPress informed me yesterday that it was my one-year anniversary with this site. Woohoo. I’ve managed to annoy people with words for a whole 365 days now. Here’s to 365 more! Okay. On to the nitty gritty. Yesterday morning I read my friend Katie’s blog post about genre and her thoughts onContinue reading “WARNING: Rant Ahead — Liz’s Thoughts on “Genre””

What and why is art? — Follow-up on Jesus’ Son

I mentioned in my post on Jesus’ Son that I was going to be discussing it with classmates and would post if anything interesting came up in the discussion. It was mostly the usual kind of discussion you have in that kind of craft class — what is he doing, how is he doing it,Continue reading “What and why is art? — Follow-up on Jesus’ Son”

Reading List #3 — Plainsong

Yes, yes, here it is, the elusive #3. I decided to not be lazy (ironic, considering I feel like poop) and finish this entry. This week, I read Plainsong by Kent Haruf. This book is about a group of characters in the town of Holt, Colorado. In a seemingly simple, episodic narrative, we learn all about thisContinue reading “Reading List #3 — Plainsong”