Fall Reading — The Joy of Storytelling, Let it Sooth Your Soul


My reading schedule has picked up a bit. But I find myself being drawn to darker stories. Historic stories. Stories of meaning and purpose. Stories that have a gravity a pull of some sort. Earlier this year I thought I’d take on the Yale literature program and do their required reading schedule just for fun. It seemed like such a fantastical kind of dream but one that has remained unfulfilled with my acting career, work schedule and acting class needs. For me time became evermore elusive. But I must say I have read more than I thought I would. My goal outside of the Yale project was to read 30 books. So far I’ve read 25 books of the 30, not bad. Here is my fall reading list. I just love fall. I have a feeling it’s going to be dark:

* Carthage — Joyce Carol Oats
* Natchez Burning – Greg Iles
* The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd
* The Call of The Wild – Jack London
* White Fang – Jack London
* Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham
* The Goldfinch – Donna Tart
* One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

It was very hard for me to compile this list and I am a bit ambitious since Fall starts on September 22 and ends December 20th. That is 8 books in 13 weeks while rehearsing and opening in a play, auditioning, acting class, and day job. I think I can I do it. We shall see. Do you have any suggestions for my wild card?


{Image Credit: Smithsonian Institute}


A Glimpse At My Summer

tumblr_lxk1ixwYYo1r9iv4so1_500This has been one of my better summers. Let me first begin by saying I love rituals. I love me a good old ritual, so this Summer I started a new ritual….A Summer Intention List. Well it was a good idea at the start of summer but not much of it actually survived.   So that ritual probably won’t make it next year.  But on to what I really enjoyed this summer:

 The movies 22 Jump Street, Lucy, Dawn of The Planet of the Apes

The return of the TV show Suits

Auditioning for The New Girl — Yeah!

Meeting 3 new Casting directors

Working on the play Women of Manhattan

Going to Daily Love Live!

Re-reading A Return To Love

Reading the book E-Squared and doing the worksheets. So much fun!

Started working with a manager, lets see how this goes

Performing in a staged reading of Joyce Carole Oats’ I Stand Before You Naked

Getting back into my morning run regime

What made your summer this year. I’d love to know