Sunday Lowdown #15

18-05-2019 19:05

Basic Life Update:

I haven’t heard back from the library job yet about the materials handler position, even though the job post was removed from the website. If I don’t hear back by Wednesday, which will be two weeks from my interview, I’m going to call someone. *fingers still crossed* 🤞🤞

It’s been incredibly dreary in northwestern Indiana. Just when I was thinking of moving to Mordor for something more cheerful, Saturday hit and it was a gross 85 degrees. #Sticky. It’s never temperate in the Midwest.

I’ve been reading all sorts of plays and musicals for my freelance writing gig with the theatre. Though I hated reading musicals when I was on the script selection committee, I’m enjoying the ones that ended up being chosen by other members! I’ve read five scripts and created a hook, a brief synopsis, and a long synopsis for each so far.

This Week in Reading: Finished Books

This was my first week not as production manager, so by moving all that information and worry I was holding in my brain for that job out into the atmosphere, I had incredible reading focus. In addition to the scripts, I finished Forward, a memoir by Abby Wambach. In it, she discusses her origins, the ease with which she excelled in a sport she wasn’t wild about, and how she became the individual who has scored more goals as a professional soccer player that anyone else in history. Review coming Tuesday.

Next, I read Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game, a short feminist work also by Abby Wambach that was crafted out of a Barnard College commencement speech she delivered last year. Wambach notes eight rules that typically apply to women and gives advice on how to change society’s expectations. Review coming Wednesday.

Thanks to my husband’s eagerness, we finished Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell, and I was able to get my review of that posted. It’s always hard for us to move on to a new book because those old characters were with us for the weeks it took me to read a whole novel aloud to him.

I got tired of mentioning Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh on my “in progress” category on the Sunday Lowdown, so I plowed through the end, confirming my original hunch that director Danny Boyle took a story that lived in a land of no context and made a proper plot. Trainspotting is book two in the Mark Renton series.

A completely different type of story, the young adult novel Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo was a treat. Because the writing has a lot of paragraph breaks and dialogue, it was easy to complete in a few days. I love that the author responds to me on Twitter.

There was one book I chose to DNF rather quickly: Ani DiFranco’s memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream. I mean, it had to be amazing — except it wasn’t. On the first page she describes stupid things she’s done on stage, and on the second page she’s remembering how it was weird to be a folk singer post 9/11. . . with no context or transition at all. Plenty of readers on Goodreads confirm it’s a hot mess.

This Week in Reading: Books in Progress

Currently, I’m reading a book I pre-ordered 2015. Woops. It’s the oldest book on my TBR shelf of owned books: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell. Lately, I haven’t been buying any books that are available at the library, but this one I pre-ordered because I knew the author — we went through the same MFA program — and she had become a New York Times bestselling author. How could I not show support? The novel is a Cinderella re-telling.

I chose the next book for nightly reading to my spouse, The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton. So far, he’s not sold on it, making me hyper aware of every depressing detail the narrator shares about the people in her life. I read and loved it years ago and then taught it at an all-women’s college circa 2012. Maybe Nick will come around?

Next Week in Reading:

I’ll need to get through about seven more scripts for the theatre to meet my May 31st deadline. I’ll also begin Or Something Like That by Bud Smith, the oldest book on my TBR shelf written by a guy. Now that I have more time and focus away from work, I need to get through some of these books I own by men, too.

I’m going to start Porno, the 3rd book in the Mark Renton series by Irvine Welsh, following Trainspotting and Skagboys. I read it years ago and have forgotten much of it, but I’m determined to finish this series in 2019, despite what seems a fairly anti-feminist collection of works. I’m going to alternate an Irvine Welsh novel and then the next oldest book by a man through the end of the year.

Books I Obtained This Week:

For the love of h*ck, why am I suddenly buying books?? I know why: I decided that I need more women in my life, to be purposeful with my music, TV, and book buying. I ended up grabbing a couple of books about women in heavy metal to offset all the Metalocalypse I’ve been watching.

Wicked Woman: Women in Metal from the 1960s to Now by Addison Herron-Wheeler covers metal women I’ve never heard of. #Stoked. It’s only 89 pages, so I hope Herron-Wheeler crams a lot in efficiently. I also picked up What are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal by Laina Dawes, with a forward by Skin entitled “Who Put That Shaven-Headed Black Woman on the Stage?” *shivers* I’m pumped that I get both the music genre I love and a black woman’s perspective. Lastly, I bought Nothing is Okay by Rachel Wiley, a collection of poetry with a queer/fat focus. Readers on Goodreads argue this book is better than her first.