Keeping 2020 Goals Simple
I normally get really carried away with my New Year’s Goals — most years I have upwards of a dozen of them, and I make a point of making each one Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and Time-based (SMART). My lists often span a few journal pages and get pretty complicated. I think it’s a remnant… Continue reading
Top 100 Things About a Shit Year (2020)
I love Austin Kleon’s yearly top 100 lists and I was determined to do my own for 2020, almost as a kind of penance for the dismissal we’ve all had for this fucked up year. It was a hard year for me, just like it was for many, many people, but there was also an… Continue reading
The Girl Who Goes Alone by Elizabeth Austen
The other day I was doing some research for a job interview and I came across what is now my favorite poem. It is by former Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and it is the answer to every person (and there have been many) who has ever asked me why I am ok hiking… Continue reading
I am IN LOVE with this book: fforest: being, doing & making in nature by Sian Tucker First of all, I want to curl up and live in the endpapers. So green and lush. Gah! This is a book I bought in the US but was published in the UK and written by the owner… Continue reading
Vic’s Top Ten Books of 2019
2019 was a really solid year for reading. My life was up and down and all over the place and my aggressive goal of reading 80 books kept bringing me back to reading when a lot of the time all I wanted to do was surf the internet. Don’t get me wrong, there are times… Continue reading
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
This was a difficult book to read — for the content, not the writing — but it turns out to be a spectacularly beautiful story. #25wordbookreviews (Amzn) Continue reading
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
I wanted to understand why people are obsessed with true crime. The last chapter helped. It’s still not for me, but I kinda get it. #25wordbookreview (Amzn) Continue reading
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
I love novels about the never-quite-complete (but still somehow beautiful) recovery from trauma. This one is hopeful without being trite, about many types of love. #25wordbookreview (Amzn) Continue reading
I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum
God, was this a great book. I didn’t realize how hungry I was to hear modern television discussed as the art form it really is. #25wordbookreviews (Amzn) Continue reading
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The first novel I think I’ve ever read where a woman has an independent lifestyle and a healthy sexual appetite… and isn’t ruined by them. #25wordbookreview (Amzn) Continue reading
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.
If you’d like to say hi, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.