In a week, school begins for my wife Julie and our kids Trixie and Micah (for further introductions, see my About page, above). For their last summer hurrah, Julie has taken them — along with Trixie’s friend Hannah and our friend Rochelle (aka “Granny Chelle”) — to visit her family in Ohio. I am home for the week, alone, in the hopes of finishing up a bunch of projects which, when completed, will make our lives this fall perfectly calm and peaceful. A family of Buddhas, practically. And while I miss them — more than I expected, actually — I have noticed that no one has interrupted a single thought now for seven whole hours. Which is not so much how things normally go around here.
So as I get ready for Julie and the kids to return to school in a week, I have to admit that I am a little bit jealous. Just a teeny little bit. Don’t get me wrong — I will love the quiet days of writing and housework ahead. But I don’t need a new Moleskine yet, and I most certainly don’t need any new clothes…. So what’s a girl to do to get that fresh-start, clean-slate, back-to-school feeling?
You got it: a new blog.
I’ve been thinking about a new blog for awhile now. My old blog, my goodly heritage, was exactly what I needed when I started it: it got me writing again. (And if you’re looking for it, it’s still there, for now — see the link above.) I used it for throwing up rough drafts of essays, along with book reviews, and that was as much publishing as I needed — or could handle — then. Now I’m ready to think about submitting work to some literary journals, and to think about blogging in a new way. More process — writing about writing — and less raw content, perhaps. We’ll see. This will be a work in progress.
In the mean time, I plan to keep writing book reviews. On my Book Review page (see the menu above) I have links to all the reviews I’ve written (everything I’ve read since the fall of 2007). Right now I am woefully behind — I have nine books I haven’t reviewed — so I’m thinking one a day while the family’s away will get me almost caught up.
A good way to start the new school year, yes?