Today's new novel #wip #research: Nooks & Corners of Old England (1907). Easily the most niche thing I've looked at yet for this new book, and I'm pretty amazed at where the research takes me—I never know, you know? I have plans, ideas, stuff I need to learn (lots of reading up on the history of the American lumber industry, for example)...and then this, pictures of nooks in England. But! When I'm working on longer projects, I need photos to come back to, to transport me a place, and this book is full of 'em. ❤️
New to vinyl collecting—love it so much, though—and was amazed to find out today that my aunt (1) had an old collection and (2) was cool with me taking whatever I wanted. Highlights? Finally got my fave album ever (Pet Sounds), this Dolly Parton best of album which I've already been listening to on repeat, and the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack with a weird behind the scenes booklet. I'm all 😊😍.
Found: part of my old LEGO train set, one LEGO space figure. At one point, I had just about every LEGO made. This might be all that remains of my childhood toys. (Unless they're buried and packed away, which...I hope?) ❤👏
Today's Doodle: Good day, researching the history of American architecture for a new project, ecstatic about writing-related stuff going on which makes me want to go for a hike, makes me want to be outdoors which will, I'm sure, yes, make me want to write about it all. ❤🌲🌲
Rewarding myself after a long long weekend of grading—95% done!—with a hike out in the Indiana woods on this gorgeous day. And, yes, I'm the kind of hiker who wants to stop and inspect every plant and tree so I can identity/learn. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (And yes, my Michigan stuff is applicable here, only five miles across the border.)
Hey! I have a new creative nonfiction piece called "In a Chapel Built of Trees" in the newest issue of (b)OINK—about a logging museum, an old pine growth forest, a chapel in the woods. (LINK IN BIO) Thanks, @robertgvaughan and team, for taking it!
A long—but good!—day of grading and teaching so far. I'm off my meal schedule today, and was dreaming about beer and tempeh tacos all through class. Home now, researching and jotting down notes for the new novel in my fave notebook—ugh, swoon @shinola!—and I still haven't had beer or tempeh tacos but hoped doing a quick sketch would suffice. It did not. 😑