If we were having coffee, we would definitely talk about the weather because it’s snowing AGAIN. I like the snow, so I’m not complaining (though I am ready for spring), and we’ve had some bright sunny days in between the clouds. Right now, everything is snow-colored outside: the air, the sky, the roofs of the houses I can see from my window.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my spontaneous independent bookstore hop yesterday. I visited three bookstores, and of course I had to buy something–or several somethings–at each store to do my part to support indies. There were bookstore cats–my favorite!–at two of the stores. I’d show you the cat photos on my camera roll and agree that they’d make a fine topic for a slice later this week.
If we were having coffee, I’d ask how your writing is going. I can’t seem to get into a good rhythm and routine with slicing this month, but I’m still showing up each day. I’d ask which blogs you’re most enjoying this month and add a few sites to my daily rounds.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I finally finished the books I’ve been slowly reading through my reading slump (Kate Zambreno’s Drifts; Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts; Elaine Castillo’s How to Read Now; Ann Patchett’s These Precious Days). They were all good–just somehow not exactly what I wanted to be reading. I’d tell you how I spotted the second volume of a series I suddenly felt like rereading at the bookstore yesterday and would have bought the first volume if they’d had it–even though I have two copies of the first volume somewhere in my house that I just can’t locate (E.F. Benson’s Queen Lucia). I’d ask if you ever lose books in your own house and if that’s a sign I should really stop buying more books.
If we were having coffee, I’d share my big news from the week: acceptance to a writing workshop taught by Aimee Nezhukumatathil this summer. She’s one of my favorite poets and essayists, and I can’t believe I get to take a class with her. The summer road trip and writing retreat shaping up in my mind will give me something to look forward to over these last long months of the school year. I even think a few of my slicing friends live along the route, so maybe we can have that coffee in person together!
Weekend Coffee Share is a format I learned from Tammy, who has so many wonderful ideas for slices.
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