"V." by Thomas Pynchon (sometimes a little complicated, sometimes a little mumbled, sometimes beautiful, always earthy. my approach: hang on, don't let go)
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" by Raymond Carver (sweet, slow, and thick like molasses. perfect for on the train or bus or between people-watching at the park)
"Cast the First Stone" by Gwendolyn DeRosa (a tangy, bittersweet, and raw reminder of what it's like to grow up, and the kind of teenager I wish I'd been but never had the balls to be)
"Of Human Bondage" by M. Somerset Maugham (it's Maugham, what can I say? Pithy, perfect, rending, complete with adolescent humiliation, spiritual browbeating, and unrequited love)
Short stories that may someday become a semi-autobiographical collection (theme: love, as always)
Novel editing will commence as soon as I work up the nerve
Some bad poetry
And I need to go back to the story i started in January about a child and mother who don't want, yet need, each other.
Running, a lot. I logged 24 miles last week, 10 of which was actual running.
Eating, a lot. Due to running a lot, I can't seem to stay full (great side effect of running!)
Practices for Rollercon (a roller derby convention in Vegas at which the Jeerleaders will compete in the second annual Rollercon Cheerleading Competition)
Trying to find people to do all of the amazing free cultural things in NYC with me, and failing mostly
School. The new idea is to take the GRE this fall and apply for MA/PhD programs in English and become a professor (while the current, or a new, company pays for it)
Road trip. I am in desperate need of some fresh country air and some time with the people who know and love me best. Chicago, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh are calling me. I think I might rent a car and visit all four places over a couple of weeks in August/September.
Loneliness. I miss companionship. I miss being around people who really "get" me. I love New York, but I haven't really found that here.
Jobs. I may start looking for a new one that will pay me better so that I can accomplish some long-term financial goals a little quicker.