I powered through two books this month and took advantage of my week long break between academic quarters.

The Last Man: After finishing Saga (Compendium One), also written by Brian K Vaughan, a friend gifted me The Last Man (Vol 1) and what a wild ride Into a world where all the world’s men die except for one.

Similar to the narrative structure of Saga, numerous (and what seems unrelated) character storylines overlap or are on the brink of converging. As I read The Last Man, I was reminded of the television show Lost, in which Vaughan was a writer for seasons 3 through 5. I plan to continue with this nail biter of an illustrated series.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

One of the most celebrated debut novels from 2019 is Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, an incredibly prose-rich story about a gay Vietnamese immigrant in America. Many times I rested the book on my chest to ponder Vuong's poetic one-liners, like "Dear Ma, I am writing to reach out -- even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are." Vuong is a poetic power house.

Inbox: Next up is finishing Saeed Jones's How We Fight for Our Lives and bell hooks's Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center.

First of all, this sticker by Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa-Choctaw) is dope. I stuck it on the front cover of my journal and made a few adjustments in marker to add a bit of urgency on my end. To say the least, the world is...uh...how to describe an ever growing pandemic ?...the world is unstable. And my poor journal has been neglected the past few months. Simply put, distractions happen. Attention sometimes needs to temporarily focus elsewhere, and I haven't written much in my journal. I'll spare the pity party about how world events are disrupting my creative routine. I have nothing to complain about. I'm healthy. My partner is healthy. My family is healthy. And my teaching gig pays the bills.

But I dug out my journal because I'm finally at a place to create new material: stories, lyrics (for Sassyblack's songwriting class; her music is dreamy), essays, music compositions, and content for Wellness-ish-ness. Visit often, as I'm revamping after months of hibernating and recharging.

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After a quick break, FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES returns with writer Nicola Griffith. Nicola reads to advocate and fundraise for Clarion West Writers Workshop. Donate at www.clarionwest.org and discover Nicola Griffith at www.nicolagriffith.com.

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Clarion West supports emerging and underrepresented voices by providing writers with world-class instruction to empower their creation of wild and amazing worlds. Through conversation and public engagement, we bring those voices to an ever-expanding community. www.clarionwest.org

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Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defence, fronting a band, and arm-wrestling in bars, before discovering writing and moving to the US. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: the State Department declared it to be “in the National Interest” for her to live and work in this country. This didn’t thrill the more conservative power-brokers, and she ended up on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, where her case was used as an example of the country’s declining moral standards. Nicola, now a dual US/UK citizen, holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University, is married to writer Kelley Eskridge, and lives in Seattle. Most of the time she is happily lost in the seventh century (writing the second novel about Hild, Menewood), emerging occasionally to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything. www.nicolagriffith.com

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