What I'm Loving | 9/30/2018

It’s nearly October! It’s no secret that I’ve been in the fall feelings since September 1st came around, but October is my favorite month — partly because it’s when it’s socially acceptable to crank the fall celebrations up a notch. Though my main complaint about the Bay Area is that we don’t have seasons here, it’s actually been feeling rather autumnal lately, and I’ve even spied a few fallen leaves on my & Rusty’s daily walks.

Speaking of walks, having a dog is the perfect excuse to get outside. It might sound lame, but I look so forward to taking Rusty on walks now just so I can get some fresh air and sunshine. It’s also a great way to break up the day and recharge when I work from home!

Here’s what I’m loving lately:

Reading :: The Marriage of Opposites was a piece of historical fiction that was interesting, but I never felt fully tied to. While the book did achieve its purpose of accounting for the life of the mother of a largely influential painter, I never felt enchanted by the story or attached to the characters. However, the wording was detailed and compellingly descriptive without being ostentatious — one of my favorite qualities in a book. I’m now reading All We Ever Wanted, which (so far) features simple prose with an interesting moral dilemma examined from several sides. One Amazon reviewer mentioned that the author was italics happy during dialogue; at first, I thought “what a silly thing to complain about” but now that I’m further into dialogue portions I absolutely get it. Still an interesting premise so I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Spare Time :: I’ve been writing with every spare moment, it seems. I’m enrolling in a late-fall workshop but I want to get plenty of practice in before then so I feel more prepared. It’s been so long since I’ve taken a formal writing course!

Etcetera :: Rusty has terrible skin allergies which is something we’ve been trying our hardest to stay on top of. As we were explaining to his dog sitter our daily routine, I realized what feels simple to me sounds like quite an involved process when I say it out loud. Eventually I’ll just make it into it’s own post — after having 2 different dogs in 2 different states with the same problem, I’d say it’s a lot more common than people realize