After using this Blog infrequently for the last couple of years, mostly documenting some of my reading habits, my latest idea for this space is my Alice Munro project. A further description of that project can be linked to here, but in short, I plan to read and study one Alice Munro story at a time to learn from her writing what I can about the craft of the short story. I will read from the beginning of her career until the end, which unless she changes her mind, is the excellent collection, Dear Life.
Bio: Just a bit about me, I am a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a university lecturer and teacher of writing and literature, and above all else, an avid reader. While I love to see friends and hand out with family, while I enjoy hiking, kayaking, drawing, cooking, playing chess and watching movies, more than anything else, I love to read. I read for at least an hour every night, and a half hour or so in the morning, and another hour or two during scraps of time during the day. I always have a book with me so I can grab even a few minutes of reading while stuck in traffic or a long line at the post office, but more than anything, my favorite idea of a Saturday is to go for a morning walk, spend the morning writing, and then spend the next four or five hours reading. Even more than that, I try to reserve at least two or three days a month for the pure pursuit of reading, for reading a novel from beginning to end in one sitting – to read so long that my back hurts, and my muscles cramp, and even if I get up to walk and stretch out those muscles, I walk while still reading, trusting my feet (and my kind neighbors) to keep me on the paved sidewalk and out of the path of cars. I read to become a better writer, I read to learn about the world, I read to escape, I read to learn more about myself, I read because reading is what I do – reading is the act by which I transcend myself.
A bit more about me can be found at www.andreajnolan.com (although I’m sure that regardless of when you are reading this, the website is hopelessly out of date).