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WHAT I'M READING
I'm slowly working my way through CONTROL still, but I've also started with Morgan Matson's SECOND CHANCE SUMMER. That's the YA Book Club's pick for August. It's not too late to join! I'm going to try to make the review/discussion date of SEP 3.
WHAT I'M WRITING
Is this really the last week of Ready.Set.Write! already?! I'm honestly kind of sad, but I think having it helped in that it's forcing me to be accountable and to set goals during these What's Up Wednesday posts. Thanks to the lovely ladies that came up with this and for hosting! I hope to continue seeing you all on Twitter for writing parties. :)
So I sort of accomplished my goal from last week. While I did NOT finish my second DEVIL poem, I did write a completely new one. I churned it out in a day on my phone during breaks at work! It's called THE HART & THE HUNTER.
This poetry kick I've been on is kind of insane because I honestly haven't had one like this since (probably) high school. Whether or not I'm any good is, of course, a matter of opinion. Hah.
I also mostly stitched together that scene I was talking about. All the handwritten bits have been combined and revised with the typed up bits. So yay!
Goal: Still finish that 2nd DEVIL poem, and actually work on LUCK like I'm supposed to be doing.
WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW
Last week, I mentioned April Tucholke gave the prompt "DEVIL" for #twtpoem because her book came out last week, and then I wrote a full length poem based on that. That prompt and her gorgeous book cover kept on giving because I started a rhyming poem also inspired by those things. I'm not done with it yet because rhyming poems are ridiculously difficult. I always wonder why I put myself through the pain of writing them, haha.
THE HART & THE HUNTER while not directly inspired by the "devil" prompt was still a little bit inspired by it.
On top of that, Lydia Kang sent me this amazing poetry chapbook by her friend Lindsey Anne Baker. It's full of sonnets to medical personnel, and the poems are gorgeous. They are subtle and beautiful and visceral. Who knew something titled "Sonnet to a Neuro Ophthamologist" could be so poignant.
WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO
My friend had her annual summer BBQ, and it was as fun as usual. There was good company and such great food. We played badminton and roasted marshmallows over a fire when it got late enough. It was even better because one of my old college friends moved back to the Los Angeles area, and so she and her bf went with me to the BBQ. Yay for friends!
|The hostess' dog Happy, after trying to steal kisses from Justine.|
GUESS WE WERE KINDA WRONG.
Mostly, I wish the NSYNC segment had been just a little longer, but JT did a LOT OF very on-point dancing. So I'm pretty happy. Hah.
It was National Dog Day on Monday.
|Loki was playing with this box and it got stuck on his face. (PHOTO/ Sister)|
|This is Unit 2's Cunningham Hall - my former dorm. I lived on the 4th floor. (PHOTO/ ucberkeley instagram)|
Q4U: What's up with you? and Were you excited about NSYNC reuniting? (This is great timing too because I am literally seeing the Backstreet Boys in concert in like a week. FREAKING. OUT.)