Election fever as a hobby
I regret that both the substance and quantity of my blog posts has declined somewhat these last couple of months. Writing on this blog is one of my favourite things, and yet I am doing so much writing, and so much reading, that my reserves are simply run low.
I have been working on my novel as intensely as the PhD schedule will allow. Today I got most of the revised chapter five done (out of ten total chapters). I'm going to need more time, once every chapter is ready, to work through the book, combing out problems, weaving in threads, but it's already looking really good. I submitted chapter one to my fiction workshop, so on Tuesday I'll get a lot of line-by-line advice. Looking forward to it, and to finally, after all these years, completing the book.
These day, for a hobby, and a stress release, I have become an election-watcher. Something I care deeply about, even though I can't vote here, which I can enjoy without involving too much of my brain. I have several sites that I check each day, including Andrew Sullivan, David Frum, and Paul Krugman. But over the course of the election's final months, Sam Wang's blog, Princeton Election Consortium, has become the place I respect the most, a voice of calm sanity in a wild time. Highly recommended.