Since my last post, the two articles I mentioned have been published. Both are available for review on the “Portfolio” page, and I’ve gotten some nice responses from readers, so I’m quite pleased. The Sustainable Living Magazine articles will continue on a monthly basis; I’ve volunteered to write about solar energy, but I can think of plenty more topics to talk about, given enough time (farmer’s markets in the GTA? watershed conservation? you never know!).
Aside from that, I’ve also finished the short bio for Love London, and have finally finished reading The Good War by Studs Terkel. I’m very proud of that last achievement in particular – it’s a big heavy book about a topic that many my age might consider dull (first-person accounts of living through WWII) and I haven’t had the mental focus to complete a book that long in some time. I start off with lots of good intentions to read this non-fiction book or that biography (Hello, Traitor to His Class!) and then just lose steam. Since I don’t have a lot of time to read, I’m very proud of having plugged through something all the way to the end. I’m also gathering up my thoughts to write a review about it for Reading As Writers.
I’m still deciding what the next book I want to devote myself to is. There are several technical or educational books I intend to flip through – I finally bought a copy of Chicago, for example – but I also realize I need to broaden my horizons, start to read just for the sake of reading again, and try to read things I wouldn’t normally read, like genre fiction. Do you want to proselytize in favour of a good mystery series or recommend an up-and-coming author? Suggestions either via email or in the comments section are welcome.