I Should Probably Update My Blog

Hello folks. It's been a while, and frankly, I don't have much to say about writing or books at all, as I have had a super duper busy month and haven't finished reading or writing anything so far in February. However, as I have had a super duper busy month, I do have other things to say.

I have some writerly good news and some writerly bad news.

The good news:

My short story "The Empty Nest" is going to be published in the Literary Lab's Variations on a Theme Anthology! As evidenced here. I am so excited and so honored! I've never been published in anything before, so this is really awesome. I'll tell you more about it when I know more about it.

The bad news:

Something happened to my computer, I think a virus, and my entire hard drive was wiped clean. Luckily I had all my big projects backed up on a flash drive, but I lost the 15,000 words that I had written in the past two months. It was tragic. But let my tragedy be a lesson for you: always back up your work, unless you want to be forced to start over on some of your proudest work.

So no new reading or writing done so far this month, but I am going to be participating in the Fourth Writers' Platform Building Campaign coming up soon, and I'm going to have my Books I Read This Month at the end of February, but it will probably more likely be The Book I Read This Month.

Peace, Aimee

Books I Read 1/15-1/31 2012

State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
When Dr. Marina Singh hears of her friend and colleague’s death, she travels to the Amazon in search of her old professor Dr. Annick Swenson, who has been studying a group of women who remain fertile well into their seventies. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (one of my all-time favorite books), State of Wonder is the compelling journey of woman into the darkest part of humanity, and then into the brightest.

Little Bee – Chris Cleave
A beautiful story about two women dealing with the present while trying to forget the past. Sarah and Little Bee met in Nigeria, where they faced a terrible choice, made a horrific sacrifice, and had to live with the dreadful consequences. Two years later, Little Bee turns up at Sarah’s door in England, and together they must face their pasts. Chris Cleave has a genius grasp on language. This book is emotionally forceful, much like his other novel, Incendiary. It is an amazing story of human triumph, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.

The Hippopotamus – Stephen Fry
When poet Ted Wallace loses his job as a reviewer, his goddaughter, who is dying of leukemia, asks him to go to the family’s enormous estate and do some spying, for the last time she was there, she witnessed a miracle. Stephen Fry’s witty and clever use of language brings the reader on a romp of an adventure through the hardships of sexuality and the significance of human kindness.

P.S. Unfortunately I have had to cancel the Creepy-Crawly Writing Contest due to an insufficient number of submissions. I hope people will be more willing to participate in my next contest!