But there are things To Do. Many things. My list includes:
- Write article on Tim Robinson and Chris Arthur by 1 June.
- Plan Summer 254 class, to start on 10 June.
- Read for and then write paper on Irish noir for IASIL conference
- ...and then turn that paper into a full-length article to submit by 1 September.
- Continue to submit my two books to various presses.
- Get some essays out there into the world.
And that's not even counting my summer reading list, which I haven't even started working on. Right now, all that's on my reading list is what I need to read for those papers and the class I'm doing. Which includes (some rereads):
- Tim Robinson, Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom.
- I'm probably going to need to reread a fair number of his other books to write this paper...
- Chris Arthur, On the Shoreline of Knowledge.
- Same, as Robinson.
- Maeve Brennan, The Long-Winded Lady.
- Dervla Murphy (haven't decided the book).
- Declan Burke, Eightball Boogie.
- Benjamin Black (reread all of them).
- Adrian McKinty, Cold, Cold Ground.
- Arlene Hunt (not sure yet).
- Tana French (reread most of them).
- Ken Bruen (reread most of them).
- Paul Gruchow, Letters to a Young Madman.
- Sean Doolittle, Burn.
- Joy Castro, Nearer Home (even though it's not out yet).
- I won't tell you how many William Kent Kruger books I'm behind...
- And I really need to read more Colum McCann, Colm Toibin, Emma Donoghue, and Sebastian Barry.
And this morning, hopped up on Maritime Mist (with sugar, because I feel like celebrating), this interview with Theo Dorgan and Colum McCann just gives me all kinds of ideas about writing and place and what does it mean to be a writer-in-a-place, a writer-of-a-place, and why does it even matter? (It does matter, but the question is one worth long hours of consideration.) And I'm hoping that whatever I read this summer gives me fodder to create a couple of new classes/syllabi to have in my syllabi bank.
Even though I get tremendous joy from rereading books, I really want to plow some new ground here. I'm hoping that I get to teach Eng. 180 (Intro to Lit), so I hope I can read some new books to bulk up for that. I want to read more Agatha Christie, more Raymond Chandler--and maybe this is the summer that I make myself read Dashiell Hammett. My shelves of Crime Lit are full of books I picked up at last year's library book sale--and I haven't read them yet. I really want to bulk up on my noir, because that's pretty thin in my experience and I find it fascinating.
I haven't even mentioned yet the summer prep required for the extreme sport that is The Job Search. I need to rework my materials and hope that they will bring me better luck than last year.