Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and going out of my comfort zone.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and going out of my comfort zone.

Like way out of my comfort zone.

This week I did something I said I would never do. I did a live storytelling event, that is, I got up and shared one of my stories in front of other people. And I didn’t even read from paper.

Anyone who knows me knows that:

  1. I am an introvert and shy and get anxious meeting new people.
  2. I get incredibly nervous speaking in public, even more so when sharing something vulnerable.
  3. I write but I don’t share my stories or poetry. To say I am terrified to have anyone see or read my stories would not be an exaggeration. (Yes, I know, something I’m going to have to deal with if I actually want to be a published writer.)

But, took a leap of faith, and I did it. I told this story, and I think I did a decent job. I walked away from that podium feeling good about it. Afterwards, I had several people come up and tell me I did a good job and some thanked me for sharing my story. One young woman quietly thanked me with tears in her eyes and said that what I shared meant a lot to her. I am beyond grateful for her compliment. My whole purpose in writing is to process life AND to touch people in some way, to provide something that has meaning for them.

So I’ve been floating on a cloud most of this week. How has your week been?

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

I am almost done with Hillbilly Elegy, and I have a lot to say about it. So much so that I am posting a separate review for it. Overall, it’s a book I highly recommend everyone reading with some warning labels. Stay tuned.

Love, love, love Lincoln in the Bardo. It’s such a unique book, and even with 166 characters, it feels intimate. It’s based on an actual event—Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie’s death and how Lincoln deals with it—but it’s a fictional story. “Bardo,” in Tibetan tradition, refers to the state after someone’s death when they are in limbo before they fully have transitioned. So most of the characters are all dead people in the bardo.

The format of the book is sort of different, and some people may not like it. It’s almost written in the format of a script, with each character’s dialogue. There are also accounts from historic papers. Essentially, it’s not a running text sort of narrative.

As I’m reading the book, I’m listening to the audiobook, which is so good—I savor it every time I listen to it. The author was able to get several name actors to read as different characters, including Nick Offerman, Susan Sarandon, Bill Hader, and Lena Dunham. Having different people read for each character works a lot better than one person reading all. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook.

I’ve been watching . . . Master of None, Season 1. Well, if I’m watching any television, it’s been that show, but I haven’t really watched much of anything. I’ve been binge reading and binge podcasting.

I’ve been listening to . . . Max Richter. He’s the composer who wrote the music for the HBO show The Leftovers. I love the main theme from the show.

I’ve been binging on my favorite podcasts NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!, and Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing—love his interview with Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Those two are so funny, and I totally would hang out with them and do puzzles.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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