+ I taught creative writing to gifted kids for three weeks, and learned – much to my surprise – I really like 5th and 6th graders. They are so engaged and excited and haven’t absorbed the self-consciousness that will probably plague them throughout adolescence.
+ I read some amazing books. Favorites: House of Leaves (OMG, that book!), The Phantom Prince (Ted Bundy’s Former Girlfriend Tells All!), Periods in Popular Culture, Evil Genes (best book I’ve ever read about psychopathy, nature vs. nurture, and evil), When Women Were Birds (beautiful).
+ My mom visited for a week in July, and we watched way too many episodes of Top Chef and the Real Housewives. We also guffawed over The Hotwives of Orlando.
+ I got really obsessed with fountain pens.
+ I have a story in the summer issue of Midwestern Gothic (swoon!), and they interviewed me about writing, burgers, and the Midwest for their blog.
+ Narrative Magazine posted my story as Story of the Week in early August.