On poetry, or, a story of how I fell in love with myself again

I am still learning, and living, and loving, and, more often than not, coping.

Happy New Year!

I braved the holiday season, I ate a million cookies, and I drank three-fourths of a giant bottle of Yellowtail Moscato on New Year’s. But I’m back! Lots of stuff on my plate for the new year. I don’t have “resolutions,” per se, but I have plenty of goals. “Resolution” is just a fancy buzzwordContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Had a good conversation this morning and wanted to share . . .

I will post some more updates later, but first I wanted to share this conversation I had (with my friends Beth and Kathryn) this morning about writing,  and some thoughts about how writing helps us better understand our own thoughts and feelings. Read more here. >> How do you see your writing doing this kind ofContinue reading “Had a good conversation this morning and wanted to share . . .”

10 Novels That Have Shaped the Stuff that Liz Writes

I see a lot of those Internet lists that have titles like, “100 Classic Novels You Are a Dunce If You Haven’t Read by the Time You’re 20” and “20 New Novels That Are Totally In Style and Stuff So Read Them Blah.” The thing is, I have always felt a little iffy about these kinds of lists. . . . Therefore, I thought I’d make one of these list-y things.

What is Liz Reading? — a review and minor gush-fest of “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe” by Charles Yu

Surprise surprise, I’m reading something I’ve already read three times. More surprise, it’s my favorite book: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. This book. This book. It was an accidental purchase on my Kindle about three years ago. I got a sample, thinking it looked neat but hesitant to spend the $10. I devoured theContinue reading “What is Liz Reading? — a review and minor gush-fest of “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe” by Charles Yu”

Reading List #9 — The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

Hello again, dear Readers. Once again I am back with another installment of What is Liz Reading This Week? starring, well, me. After putting down the heavy weight of Go Tell it on the Mountain, Aimee Bender’s short story collection The Girl in the Flammable Skirt was a breath of air – but not necessarilyContinue reading “Reading List #9 — The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”

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”