Catching Up Again

I’m very tired.

I know I haven’t been as good at keeping up with this blog as I usually am, this month. There are places where I’ve skipped up to three days in a row. This is a difficult month for me, because there’s so much to do. So many things due at the end of the month.  (Do, due.  Yes, I did that deliberately.)

Yesterday I flew back from Asheville, after a wonderful weekend spent walking around the city, eating some of the best food I’ve ever eaten, and critiquing with Nathan and Alexa. I’ll write more about that separately. This is just a short post to say hello again. Now that I’m home for the rest of the month, I’m going to try to catch up.

How am I? Just very tired, as I wrote above. This month, I have three things to finish: my dissertation, a Fookroots column, and a short story. The short story is almost done. I wrote it on the bus home from New York, revised it in Asheville, and will print it out and revise it again here. And then I’ll submit it to the magazine that asked for it. We’ll see if the magazine takes it, or if I’ll need to send it elsewhere afterward. The Folkroots column is my next task. And of course, all along, I’ll be working on the dissertation. It’s almost done: I just need to add some footnotes. And then my readers will read it one more time, and we’ll see what happens – final revisions and then approval, I hope.

I never wrote about the Alexander McQueen exhibit, and I want to write about Asheville and critiquing, so there are some specific blog posts coming. I also want to write about Stephen King’s book on writing, which I ended up liking quite a lot.

So that’s it, those are all the things I need to catch up on. My agenda. I’m back, I’ll try to get back to blogging more regularly than I’ve been able to so far this month.

And I’ll try to get some rest. I know, I just recently wrote about depression. I’m all right, but I need to take care of myself, and that’s what I’ll try to do today and for the rest of the month. So I can start the school year not quite so tired, more myself than I’ve been lately.

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