I thought I’d try this weekly meme because I’ve been struggling with what to write in this space. I always want to be here, writing posts, sharing thoughts, but then I find myself at a terrible loss, staring at the blank screen. As a result, as a default, as you’ve probably noticed, melancholy Melissa comes out to play on the blog. As in, everyone is skipping and patty-caking, and I’m all, look at the dead bird.
So. Let’s try this. Shall we?
What I’m Reading
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This book is fascinating. I’ve lived a good, long, life wondering why I feel uncomfortable in many social situations and, the more I read, the more I understand what’s behind a lot of this discomfort: an extrovert ideal, a shift that took place in the 1920’s and has permeated society since. Now, I understand why the stimulus of Toy Fair sends me into a panic. I know the psychology behind my coping mechanism at cocktail parties. I get why I can not thrive in office brainstorms. All of these ‘shortcomings’ have really upset me in the past and now the awkward puzzle pieces finally fit. I’ve been forced to fit my personality into an ideal that doesn’t suit who I am. Major. Enlightenment. I’m going to have a lot to say about this book when I finish.
What I’m Writing
I’m working on revisions with my agent for RABBIT ISLAND to prepare for submission (!) I’ve begun research for, what shall be known from here on out as, The Oyster Book.
What Inspires Me Right Now
Let’s see…the power of introverts, oysters, friends who live their dreams, the complexity of sky, rediscovering Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black Album, the lyric I’m a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside. And as always, New York City, its two rivers, my writing tree in bloom, mornings on the subway rattling, bunched up, next to, near a stranger.
What Else I’ve Been Up To
I traveled briefly to sunny Florida and wandered through a professional golf tournament this past weekend. I read and have been inspired by the manuscripts of friends. I received deliveries and library alerts of books by women I admire. I’ve gone to work each day. I look for new work. There have been dinners with friends, first birthday parties. Our first anniversary approaches, soon to reflect on a year as wife.
Well. Look at that. I liked doing this meme very much.
What’s up with you this Wednesday?
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