So last time I was not-so-quietly pleased with myself for having knocked out a first draft of a short novel. I haven't done much with it since then, because life. As in:
- post-COVID frailty and winter cold and flu season meant my kids missed 3 weeks of school each last term
- I started my doctorate (DBA), which involves 6 papers in the first 12 months and then 2 years full-time on the thesis after that, which means lectures and assignments for the first time in *checks notes* 18 years!?
- I needed to let the novel sit anyway. I still haven't quite figured out how to re-up the ending to make the payoff match the set-up AND the twist.
- While letting it sit/stew, I did some research for some of the characters, like reading Jordan B Peterson and watching all of Lost.
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout (novel, audiobook)
Vladmir by Julia May Jonas (novel, audiobook)
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (novella, audiobook)
Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder (novel, audiobook)
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (novel, audiobook)
Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen (novel, audiobook)
The Snow Leopard Project and other adventures in warzone conservation by Alex Dehgan (non-fiction, audiobook)
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney (novel, audiobook)
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun (novel, audiobook)
Something New Under the Sun by Alexandra Kleeman (novel, audiobook)
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (novel, audiobook)
Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor (novel, audiobook)
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson (non-fiction, audiobook)... research for a teenage character, I swear!
Rat King Landlord by Murdoch Stephens (novel, physical book, NZ)
Down from Upland by Murdoch Stephens (novel, physical book, NZ)
FILM & TV
Lost, Seasons 1-6
Parks & Rec - Seasons 3-7*
Hacks, Season 1
Better Call Saul, Season 6
Barry, Season 3
The Pentaverate, Season 1
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Those Who Wish Me Dead
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Zombieland: Double Tap
The Gray Man