Well, friends, this is my first blog post. I have a couple reasons for writing this blog though none are particularly interesting or worthy of being written about. I’ll tell you about them anyway, don’t worry. The reasons are as follows:
1.) To maybe, just maybe, keep myself motivated to actually do some writing this summer. I’m writing a novel this coming semester for an independent study and, ideally, I’d like to get a decent head start.
2.) To force myself to notice things about my day-to-day life that are actually worthy of noticing and remembering. A blog in a convenient place to keep those memories, whether or not anyone else reads them.
3.) To write about and remember the books I’m reading this summer. My laundry list of books to read is about 20-25 items long, so if I don’t say something about them, I might forget them. I’m on book #5 now.
4.) To take a good look at my life and what’s happening and actually give it some real thought.
5.) Last, but not least, to tell stories. Life is crazy for everyone, why not laugh, cry, and rejoice about the stories together?
Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, I have a few things I’ve set up as possibly unrealistic goals for myself this summer. Maybe if I write them down, I’ll actually try to accomplish them. Accountability, right? That’s how it’s supposed to work.
As you can probably tell by the book list that’s 20-25 books long, one of my goals is to read for fun and get ahead on some reading for the coming semester so I can enjoy my senior year some. So far, my list is:
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Done!)
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Done!)
- Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky (Done, but I probably need to reread it anyway.)
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Done!)
- Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (Currently reading.)
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Sort of dreading this currently.)
- Beloved by Toni Morrison (I’ve read this before, but not for a few years.)
- The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
- Home by Marilynne Robinson
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
- Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
- The Fall by Albert Camus (I read this before, about four years ago.)
- The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor
- Children of God by Mary Doria Russell (If you haven’t read The Sparrow, you need to go do that. Like right now.)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (I know, I know, I’m practically the last person to read this. I’ve been busy, okay?)
- Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (His books might take awhile since they’re fairly experimental.)
- House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
- All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (My favorite history professor, Dr. Edwards, suggested this to me like three years ago. I’d like to actually read it now.)
- The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy
- The Holy Ghost People by Joshua Young (This was recently published by my friend’s publishing company, Plays Inverse. Go check them out. They’re super cool.)
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Andy Catlett by Wendell Berry
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (This is where the whole “unrealistic goals” thing comes in.)
- The Ocean at the End of the Universe by Neil Gaiman (A friend suggested this awhile ago and we usually like the same books, so we’ll see.)
Oy-vey. That was only one goal for the summer. Maybe I should just lock my door, read non-stop, and hope I can finish by the time school starts again. Or I could just accept that I probably won’t finish all those books while having time for family, friends, and my lovely gentleman friend, and move on with my life.
Anyway, my second goal is to spend time everyday with God. I’d like to say that I’m great at this, but in reality, I struggle. I know I won’t get eternally damned or anything like that if I miss a day here and there, but it is something that I think is important and that I haven’t been very consistent in lately. It’s really my first goal of the summer, actually. I’m armed with my favorite Bible I was given when I graduated from 5th grade Sunday school (don’t laugh, it was an accomplishment!) and the new Flannery O’Connor Prayer Journal, which has provided insight and help to me thus far.
Next on my list, is to dance regularly. Part of my motivation is simply to keep in shape so that I don’t keel over when I start dancing again in the fall, but it’s also just because it’s something that makes me happy and relaxes me a lot.
Lastly, I’d like to be outside more (I say, as I sit in my room, typing on my computer). Whether it be for a walk, run, jump on the trampoline, horseback ride, gardening, reading, or writing, I’d just like to be outside more enjoying the sun and breeze.
Well, now that I’ve potentially bored you all with this outrageously long post, I shall go off to bring my bunny carrots and find something for lunch myself.