Ten or So Favorite Books

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Mariette in Ecstasy: Ron Hanson
  • The Shipping News: Annie Proulx
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Milan Kundera
  • Ulysses: James Joyce
  • I Sailed with Magellan: Stuart Dybek
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter: Carson McCullers
  • The Things they Carried: Tim O’Brien
  • The Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov
  • A Confederacy of Dunces: John Kennedy Toole
  • Middlemarch: George Eliot
  • The House on Mango Street: Sandra Cisneros



Rockonchestsday’s Childe

Pages written this week: 30

Emotional breakdowns: 5+

Phone calls to Ireland: 1

Flights booked home: 1

Generosity by others: 2

Stories to edit: 0

Manuscripts to edit: 2-3

Desire to work on manuscripts: 0

Messiness of home desk on scale of 1-20: 18

Messiness of work table on scale of 1-20: 15

Books by Irish writers purchased: 1

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What I Did Instead of the Breadloaf Conference (I didn’t apply to)…

  • Picked 400 avocados
  • Wrote a micro fiction piece
  • Read Claire-Louise Bennett’s Pond
  • Met with fellow-teachers in academy on campus
  • Ate 35 gummi candies
  • Walked dog in the darkness
  • Drank Third Window Brewery’s “James Blond” Belgian blond beer
  • Cooked pork chops on the barbeque
  • Wrote daily pages
  • Took recycling to trash can
  • Made peach tea for wife
  • Watched 4-yr-old’s dance camp performance
  • Almost got run over by a careless motorist
  • Received recent issue of Thrice Magazine in the mail
  • Received check for $500 in mail
  • Drank 5 cups of coffee


Sliceofwritinglifeday’s Childe

2004: “We solved the world’s problems, including our own.”

2005: “This has been a week of deaths: The Pope, King Rainier of Monaco, Saul Bellow…”

2006: “Today, up at 5:15am to write daily pages.”

2007: “Herzog introduced Nosferatu and held a Q&A afterwards.”

2008: “Taos at last. My room is perched at the top of the building, a windowed space up a steep set of stairs.”

2009: “The smell of magnolia blossoms on the way home last night. The flower, a closed cupcake.”

2010: “Jeanne died yesterday. She was driving to Lafayette. Overcorrected and lost control. Ejected…”

2011: “William Gay dead at 68.”

2012: “Ireland. Home. An emotional mortar and pestle.”

2013: “A sallow man surviving on a diet of nuts and berries.”

2014: “I don’t know if he ever said he loved me.”

2015: “Let out the demons. A spiritual matter. Decline the irregular verbs. Thirteen of them.”

2016: “Without words a bargain is struck, your position changed, closer now.”



(Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, “Are Your Ready to be Heartbroken,” and The Gloaming’s “Samhradh, Samhradh.)