Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Be It Resolved:

I made two resolutions this year: to read more and to write more.

When we lived in D.C. and I was taking the Metro all the time I spent a good amount of time reading during my commutes. Probably close to a minimum of half an hour a day. I tackled some big books (including two Thomas Pynchon novels in the past 3 years!), so I didn't necessarily get through a large number, but I was satisfied with how much I was reading.

Now that I'm living in MN, and actually driving myself to work, I don't have the opportunity to read during my commute. Tragic, really. So I've resolved to read more. I have a whole pile of great books, left over from my Great Books class, that I haven't gotten to yet. And another pile of great books that either deserve a reread or a complete read (back in college, when I was supposed to be reading a book or two a week I (embarrassingly) often let them go unfinished. There are a sizable handful of books that I've read only two-thirds of the way through.). My current "What I'm Reading Next" list is already at least 4 deep.

I'm starting with Utopia. Yeah, that's right. I've resolved to read More.

My second resolution is to write more. Not so much here on the blog, though if that happens, then great. But rather I want to get working on my novel again. The other day I was struck by some ideas for a separate book, and I've now got couple of major writing projects in the pipeline too. My old writer's group was a huge motivator for writing, and I think I might see if I can't get something else going again. Maybe even just a monthly thing, instead of a weekly event. If there's anyone around in Minnesota who feels like getting together every once in a while to review each other's writing, let me know. I'd love to find something to help create incentive to write.

I thought there was a virtue in always being cool.


Amanda said...

I nominate Chris for your writing group. He needs to do something other than work.

Jacob Grier said...

Yeah, I've had the same problem since leaving DC. I got a lot of reading done on those train rides, and often stopping at Murky Coffee on the way home provided even more time. I have to make more of a conscious effort here in Portland.