Three quick things this week:
- In preparation for my year-end assessment, I’ve gone through my notebooks of Amherst writing from March to the beginning of December:
Poetry: 64 poems, including contributions to my YA contemporary novel in verse and my bio in verse
Nonfiction: 70 pieces
Fiction: a full short story (Holocaust survivor, ms sent out into the world in October), beginnings of two short stories (a Kindertransport kid sent to Scotland, the meeting of a historical commission), and pieces of a novel (Holocaust survivor in NJ).
Of the nonfiction, I think there are maybe eleven pieces of writing I could work into finished pieces. Two are done (“Why a Kosher Butcher’s Daughter Made Ham Sandwiches” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” about my grandfather’s matchmaker card). Other topics include lost friends, DNA secrets (I think I’m going to do this as a found poem), my grandparents, my father, the dining room table, and a distant but notable relative.
From all this, I want to figure out what to work on in 2021.
2. I’m delighted that my paper, “Storyscape: The Convergence of Historical and Narrative Truths in Yizkor Books,” has been accepted for presentation at the July 2021 conference of the Memory Studies Association. The conference was originally planned to take place in Warsaw but will now be virtual.
3. I spent a few days this week cleaning my office space. Two full garbage bags of paper and four stacks of books, mostly old literary journals. Now I have room to enter Revision Land later today.
Be safe and take care.