i contain multitudes

  • Top 10 Books of 2022

    I >>>just<<< made my goal of reading 52 books this year, finishing the last page of the last book as the sun went down on December 31. It was a pretty good year of reading — so many good thick novels that exceeded my expectations. Here they are, my top ten for the year: Continue reading

  • 2022 Year in Review

    I thought that this year’s list would be hard to put together. It felt like it had been another hard year. Perhaps having been laid out with RSV for the past few weeks put me in an undeserved funk because once I wrote the list, it’s obvious that 2022 was actually a great fucking year. Continue reading

  • 2022 Goals and Resolutions

    I am a real nerd when it comes to New Year’s resolutions and after a couple of years of keeping to really basic More/Less drawings, I’m back to more rigorous planning for 2022. I think it’s because I’m starting to feel ever so slightly >hopeful<. Hopeful that these terrible pandemic years are coming to an… Continue reading

  • Input versus Output

    If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft November is traditionally a month of me trying to sit down and write some more. This is mostly because of Nanowrimo, which I’ve attempted… Continue reading

  • NYT on Digital Commonplace Books

    I just noticed a piece that the New York Times published back in February on creating digital commonplace books. It’s not very good, or thorough, but I like it whenever the topic comes up, as I think it’s a really underappreciated idea. In short, the author defines what commonplace books are, provides some links to… Continue reading

  • Paper Cutting

    Last week, my husband and I took an → in-person ← paper cutting class at the Nordic Heritage Museum. It was the first time we’ve gone on something approaching a real date since the pandemic started 19 months ago. It was taught by the lovely Anna Brones, a local artist I follow on Instagram, and… Continue reading

  • Behind Schedule

    I have not been reading very much this year. Or rather, I should say that I’ve not been reading many books. I am spending an inordinate amount of time surfing the internet, scrolling through Instagram, and reading a ton of online newspapers and blogs. All fine things to do in moderation, but normally I spend… Continue reading

  • Vic’s Top Ten Books from 2020

    2020 was a shit year for me, for almost everything except for reading. I blew right by my goal of reading 75 books and ended the year having enjoyed 86. You can see everything I read and rated here but perhaps more interesting is my list of the ten best. Hollywood Park: A Memoir by… Continue reading

  • That Poem

    If your Inauguration morning was anything like mine, you had tears and coffee all over your face, especially after Amanda Gorman read her gorgeous poem. What a poem. What a poet. I can’t wait to see more from this powerhouse, starting with her first collection of poetry due out this autumn. Here’s the full text,… Continue reading

  • The Best of Me by David Sedaris

    The Best of Me by David Sedaris

    Listening to this audiobook of hand-selected essays from Sedaris’ 27 years of published works is in turns hilarious and heart-breaking. He is just so good. #25wordbookreviews (amzn) Continue reading

About Me

I’m Victoria Griffith and am enthusiastic about an awful lot of things. I blog about some of them here, particularly about books and writing. My goal for 2023 is to write a #25wordbookreview for every book I read, and to post them here and on Goodreads.

I was born in Paterson NJ, call Seattle WA my home, and spend a bit of time out in the desert of Southern California. I try to get out to see as much of the world as time and money will allow. 

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