I managed to finish After Dark yesterday while I was outside enjoying the view from my front porch. The view being Daisy chewing on a bone and chasing bees. She hasn't caught any, thank God. I can just imagine the results of a stung tongue. It would probably throw me into flashbacks of those first few days after I got my tongue pierced when I was 18. Not pretty at all.
After Dark is another Murakami winner. It's a review book for Bibliobuffet, so you can expect to see the full review pop up next week, but for now I'll just tell you, it might be another fave for the year. It's SO HARD for me to explain how great Murakami's style is because there's nothing terribly outlandish or unique about it on the surface level. It's really experimental but really readable at the same time, and I guess that's what makes it such enjoyable reading for me. Generally I don't think of those two qualities going together necessarily, but they really do in Murakami's case. Thank goodness I have another day or so before I write the review because this one will be a doozy to put into reviewy words. As you can see from all the crap I just wrote. My apologies for the nonsensical burbling. Really. hehe
As for the miscellaneous I mentioned in the title, I'm still wishing I had more time to blog. In fact, I'm planning to cut my writing responsibilities down to the bare minimum in coming days. I'm still editing Estella's Revenge of course, still doing my column at Bibliobuffet, but I refuse to put pressure on myself to review new books for this blog, and I'll probably have to cut out another reviewing commitment or two. I hate to, but sanity is pretty crucial at this point.
There will probably be some changes afoot in my everyday life. Nothing for anyone to worry about, but I do find it necessary to pare down my responsibilities in general in an effort to feel more at ease. I'm sick of feeling rushed and overwhelmed. I realize I do the rushed and overwhelmed thing to MYSELF more than anyone else could, so I have to turn the pointy finger around this time.
I found out the other day that I'll be teaching a couple of hybrid courses, an online class, and working in the Writing Center again in the Fall, so that's woooonderful news. I really get a ton of reading time and planning time in the WC early in the semester before it gets busy, so that's a good thing for sure.
In upcoming weeks you can expect I'll be stressed for the following reasons:
- I'm leading that damn book group discussion on June 9th. I've got to re-read What I Loved before then. And you might remember I'm a leeetle nervous about what the group's reaction will be.
- Hot on the heels of the group discussion, I have a trip to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. I'm attending the International Conference of the Children's Literature Association (hosted by Illinois State University). I'm pretty nervous about that particular presentation seeing as I need to do some HEAVY revisions on the paper between now and the 11th of June. I'm getting a little panicked-breathy just thinking about it.
Enough whining. Daisy is napping at the moment, so I think I'll take a few minutes to read. I'm starting Keeper and Kid, by Edward Hardy. It looks like a good one. Stay tuned!