I'm still in a not-writing state, which is strange, but restful. I'm reading a lot, and yesterday I went to East Harbor beach w/o so much as a notebook or a pen and spent a whole afternoon with D--lying on the almost deserted sand, running into the waves, taking photos of my Evian bottle and the back of D's head.
I've found some interesting stuff while internet trawling. Here is Quickmuse,
a site with poems written in 15 minutes. Various writers are asked to write a poem about a given topic and their efforts are on the site both as a finished product and as they are being written in real time (or rather recorded real time). I read a nice poem on decapitation by Mary Jo Salter.
And for the terminally cluttered booklover, I found BookMooch
, where you can list books you don't want anymore; when someone requests a book and you send it to them, you get points so that you can get someone else's book. I found this on BlogLily
, a highly entertaining and literate blog.
Kate's Book Blog has an interesting post
on signpost books, books which are not necessarily life-changing, but significant in some way. Of Books and Bicycles has a post
on Colette, one of my favorite authors. And Tales from the Reading Room has a post
on Virginia Woolf (another favorite), claiming that reading VW is like "taking an extremely safe form of narcotic."
More on influence: here
, Jennifer Egan (author of The Keep
), discusses 5 books that have influenced her. I'm so with her on The Wizard of Oz
. (I found this mentioned on Bookslut
And finally, the Wayward Armadillo has a great list of writing exercises