Alphabet Soup Brain

Do you ever have have those weeks where so much is going on inside your brain, you feel like your head is full of alphabet soup?

I figure if I write out the list of things crammed in my brain, perhaps it will help me prioritize them. Here goes:

Read Madame Bovary (part of my NY resolution to read some classics)
Meet with Carter’s potential middle school and not forget the appointment (did it!)
Meet with writing group (Got some great feedback!)
Sign book for USS New York and get it into mail (check!)
Sign forms to update my financial asset allocations
Review forms just sent from timeshare
Set up AppleCare for my new iPhone
Read a friend’s manuscript
Send links for books on memoir to a friend (see below)
Pay fee for The San Miguel Writer’s Conference where I plan on doing a reading
Finish reading The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver before Conference
Find a new GP
Send a reply to a lovely woman who wrote me a hand written letter in August (so embarrassed by this one)
Try not to be distracted by FB
Read “Reading Like a Writer” for my literary class
Finish bare bones outline of what I hope will be a new book
Take Salsa dancing (class is tonight with a guy we met called el Diablo. No, really)

OK, I don’t feel so bad. There really was a whole ton of junk in there.

Here is a list of great books on writing memoir for anyone intersted:

Your Life As Story, Tristine Rainer
Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir, Lisa Dale Norton
Writing the Memoir, Judith Barrington

And on writing in general…

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
A Writer’s Book of Days, Judy Reeves

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  1. Maggie May January 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    i am all about lists the last few years. i am much more on time because of them. i love bird by bird…

  2. Maggie May January 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    i also recommend Mailer's ' THe SPooky Art'

  3. Becky January 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I can relate to the Alphabet Soup Brain. I have some volunteer leadership arts positions and demands spiked this week. I had to deal with performance marketing, tax record review, mailing list analysis for an upcoming fundraiser, catering a networking drop-in and advocacy outreach to protest a budget that proposes the elimination of our Arts Commission. And that's all on top of job hunting!

  4. Lisa January 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I have beef boillioun brain….there's not much going on….
    Grief…fascinating journey isn't it

  5. thelmaz January 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I'm delighted to have found your blog (through someone else's blog list). I'm a widow, a writer and a fairly new blogger. I'll put a link on mine to yours. I'd love to have you visit at Widowsphere: A Circle of Hope

  6. Roads January 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I enjoyed Writing Down the Bones.

    Although after a while, it did become repetitive and I began to wish that she'd pared it back to the bone more herself.

    The best insight she gave, I think, was how writing quickly gives you the essential guts of a piece, how editing polishes it, and then how too much polish rips the heart right out of it.

    It's hard to draw that line, but I felt she helped me to understand the process.

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