thanks to all who are reading my blog these days. my readership has continued to increase, and i’m thankful and honored and humbled.
but, dang, the blog can be an obsession sometimes, huh? i mean, sometimes it’s a happy obsession, that i just want to flirt with all the time. but other times, it’s a bit of a ball-and-chain. really, i love the process and the community and the accountability. but i’ve been SO freakin’ busy lately, it’s difficult to keep up.
and i’ve noticed that my posts have been pretty shallow of late. lost of links. lots of funny stuff. but not much substance. that bugs me. but it’s a whole like more speedy.
i returned from my silent retreat this evening in time for my jh guy small group, then caught up with jeannie a bit, then it was time for bed. but i realized: crap, i don’t have a post ready for tomorrow (i’m writing this wednesday night). i was hoping i’d have something juicy in my draft posts. but it’s scraping the bottom of the barrel — just a few funny pics and other things.
my retreat was nicely timed, after all the other stuff i’ve been doing. i didn’t have a lightening bolt from god. but it was good to slow down and shut up. i read 5 books in 48 hours. and i stayed on my diet.
i wanted to disconnect on this retreat, so i purposely only brought fiction. i’ll post reviews on these in the days to come. but here are the five i read:
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande. an amazing young adult fiction book of spiritual crisis.
The Gum Thief: A Novel, by Douglas Coupland. coupland is one of my favorite fiction writers. never fails to be inventive and insightful.
Long Way Back: A Novel, by Brendan Halpin. best of the 5. grief, redemption, faith (losing and finding).
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. fun young adult fiction coming of age story. good telling of an outsider overcoming.
heroes, volume one. this hardcover comic (over 200 page long, so more of a graphic novel), was written as weekly web installments for season one of the tv show. gorgeous illustration.