Being a better blogger.

I am trying to commit to being a better blogger. To me, this means:

a. Posting more regularly
b. Posting things that don’t suck

Both have been a challenge lately.

There’s something about living on the East Coast I didn’t expect: time suck. I am losing hours and hours of my life in ways I couldn’t anticipate. For example, although my work commute is the same as it was when I lived in Phoenix, it now takes me 45 minutes to get to a social engagement in DC–by Metro. This is mostly because I

a. stubbornly refuse to drive in DC under most circumstances, unless it is a Sunday
b. don’t drive anywhere if I suspect I may have an alcoholic beverage
c. don’t drive if I’ve been fortunate enough to get parking at my apartment building that day

Everything else seems to take longer. Driving to Target/groceries takes longer. Walking the dog takes longer. Getting settled at home after work takes longer. It takes longer to get to the gym and back, longer to work out, and longer to do my dishes and laundry.

I feel mostly like all I do is go to work, do laundry, do dishes. It’s awful!

But, I also watch a lot of television. Right now I’m watching hours of Battlestar Gallactica every night.

(No, this is not an April Fool’s post. Sadly, this is really just my life.)

Gross Neglect.

I’ve been neglecting this blog lately. A few of you know I have a lot going on in my life right now; by the time I get home from work, I don’t have much energy or much to say about anything.

Thanks for continuing to check in, and I hope to be back on a normal—and interesting—blog posting schedule soon.

I Miss You

It’s been a crazy week, getting things set back right after essentially two weeks out of the office, plus catching up on grading and my own homework for my classes.

Arden came home the other day. She spent two weeks at the Dog Spa at my parents’ house, and they must not have spoiled her too badly because she’s been sitting on me every time I’m home with her.

Here are my AWP photos:

A river otter at the Georgia Aquarium

The jellyfish tank

Detail from the jellyfish tank

Me doing my best Axl Rose at the Tucson Heat reading

Me and Virginia’s girls


I’ve been a little busy at work lately, so I haven’t had much time to blog. I hope to get back on my normal schedule very soon, though.

In the meantime, here are a list of potential topics I’ve been thinking about blogging about:

1. Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad and Edmund White’s The Beautiful Room Is Empty
2. How being an artist instills values of good citizenship
3. A few albums from my collection that are enduring favorites (today’s thought: Abra Moore’s Strangest Places)
4. Is self-googling purely vanity or is it just good market research?
5. I just taught myself how to play Madonna’s “Jump” and thought you might like to hear it.
6. On Truffaut’s classic Jules et Jim, which was sadder than I remembered.
7. Why I’m queer for Lost. And for boys.

Hungry Hungry Blogger

I’ve written two aborted blog posts this week: one about Nintendo Wii that Blogger ate all up, and the other about fiction that didn’t go anywhere interesting.

In the meantime, I will leave you with the book I’m currently reading: