I know, I know, I've been a bit remiss in updating the blog. Haven't had much to write about, so here's a make-up post.
Back in November I participated in the Poem a Day Challenge over at Poetic Asides, and in December I turned a chapbook manuscript for the contest. I didn't win, but did place as a finalist. Go HERE to read all about the winner of the chapbook contest and read some of her lovely work. Finalists listed at the bottom.
Here's a round-up on some of what I've been reading and re-reading of late. A little light on the fiction, so if anyone has some recommendations for fiction I should be reading, please leave a comment. I've always been more of a non-fiction reader, but after looking over my list, it appears I'm in dire need of some new flights of fancy.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer
The author's account of his quest to climb Everest, and his part in the tragedy that happened when numerous expeditions collided.
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman - Jon Krakauer
An account of the events leading up to the death of Pat Tillman, US Army Ranger and former pro football star.
Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings – Matthew T. Dickerson
A book on the nature of war, battle, and morality as seen through the writings of Tolkien.
Tolkien in the Land of Heroes:Discovering the Human Spirit – Anne C. Petty
Exploration of the themes in Tolkien's books.
Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam – Gordon M. Goldstein
Everything you wanted to know about the lead up to the Vietnam War, and then some.
How Did You Get This Number- Sloane Crosley
More humorous essays by the author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake.
Dark Nights of the Soul – Thomas Moore
Spiritual growth and reflection from a psychotherapist and Catholic Monk.
Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting – Al Gury
Miles Vorkosigan series – Lois McMaster Bujold
The Spirit Ring – Lois McMaster Bujold
Haze - L. E. Modesitt Jr.
The Magic of Recluce - L. E. Modesitt Jr.
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien's retelling of a couple of epic Norse stories of Sigurd the Völsung and The Fall of the Niflungs
We Don't Know We Don't Know: Poems – Nick Lantz
Lightning That Strikes The Neighbor's House: Poems – Nick Lantz
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry – Edited by J.D. McClatchy