In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, when writing, one must “use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.” Most likely, you are a total stranger to me, so I will endeavor to make the time you spend reading my blog worthwhile. To ensure that you’ll be interested in what I am posting, I’ll tell you a bit about myself and my interests to start off.
I am a recent college graduate with a BA in English/creative writing. I write primarily prose, fiction especially, but I dabble in poetry at times. I hope to apply to an MFA program eventually and ultimately to become a published novelist. I write a lot about suburban dysfunction, family dynamics, and mental disorders. Compulsions like hoarding and OCD fascinate me. I like writing about and exploring gritty topics – to me, there’s glitter in the gutter.
The Bookshelf of Sherlock Holmes (Photo credit: bcostin)
I have been a voracious reader since I was young and am interested in avariety of genres, from literary fiction and flash fiction to poetry to genre fiction, especially mystery/thriller. My favorite books include The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and of course, Jane Eyre. I also admire the work of many authors, including Jonathan Franzen, Vladimir Nabokov, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jorge Luis Borges. I always have a healthy pile of books to read and at the moment it includes: Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro, The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov, and What They Do in the Dark by Amanda Coe (I saw her read an excerpt of the book at my local Barnes and Noble and it was wonderful. Her creation of a child narrator’s voice was masterful).
Why choose to include Jane Eyre’s name in the title of my blog? At this transitional period in my life, I find that Jane’s character and actions reflect the way I want to move forward. She survived through hardships and had the courage and initiative to go after the career she wanted and to start her own life. She is honest, strong willed, and sticks to her convictions (hopefully, if my fiance lied to me and had a hidden wife in his attic, I wouldn’t cave in and agree to be his mistress.) Anyways, I am going to use this space to chronicle my reading habits, writing projects, sources of inspiration, and interesting literary tidbits that I come across. Interested? Check back for new posts!