I’m very pleased to share a new publication–and a “creative” one at that, not that I don’t consider critical writing and/or blogging to be creative. But, being in a somewhat reflective place in life right now, I’ve been, well, reflecting, and that has kick-started a pretty fertile run of not-review, not-blog-related writing.
This piece, entitled, “Finding Home: Unpacking My Library in Iceland,” started as a reasonably straightforward concept about practical ways in which to create a sense of home when one is living in a space not entirely their own, or is between homes, or isn’t even sure where “home” is. I thought it would read almost like an amateur list of home decorating or relocation tips (but, you know, good). I also thought that my personal narrative about moving to Iceland would have more to do with…Iceland. Instead, I ended up getting all muse-y and, as the lovely editor at BlogHer pointed out, the piece ended up having actually very little to do with Iceland per se. Instead, I talk about books. My (our) own collection of books, and the grand adventure of winnowing our enormous home library down to just 100 books that could come with us on our journey. (I know, first world problems: which 100 books will you take with you when you move abroad for an indefinite amount of time?)
I am really pleased with how the piece came out–it’s a lot more interesting, I think, than my amateur home decorating tips would have been–and I invite you to take a read on the BlogHer website, here.
Also, if you have the time and inclination, I invite you to report back on what (some of) your top 100 books to travel with would be. I was actually rather surprised at the ones which made it onto my own list, but found the process incredibly clarifying.