Staying alive on the 2020 rollercoaster ride has meant taking shelter—and finding connections where we can. This year’s traditional year-end list of resources for writers and readers features a few favorite literary and environmental lifelines from the past twelve months.
- That Thing with Feathers, blog posts about Western life during the pandemic, by Torrey House Press (they published my 2019 title The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying in the West.) Start with an April post from the beginning of the pandemic, “Coming or Going.” Then read on about life today during COVID by my friend Kathryn Wilder (whose much-anticipated Desert Chrome comes out in 2021).
- Second-gen river/cuture writer Rose McMackin‘s terrific diasterologie blog and essays. Read her latest piece in Atticus Review. (Would I follow Rose’s work if she weren’t my daughter? That would be a resounding yes.)
- Bookshop, the online bookstore that supports your local bookseller (and has terrific last-minute holiday gift ecards available). Browse my bookshelf of Water Reads here.
- Starting a virtual family book club after COVID lockdown. Once rolling late in the year, our new club read and discussed six brilliant titles by year’s end.
- Online writing classes with the fabulous memoirist and instructor Marion Roach Smith. No matter what genre of book you’re writing in 2021, her top 20 tips for writing memoir apply.
- Online classes with publishing guru Jane Friedman. (And the latest edition of her informative newsletter Electric Speed recommends inspiring 2021 planners for structuring your writing life.)
- Stories blog at the David Suzuki Foundation website. Narratives with the power to create a brighter climate future for our communities.
- Walking. Sometimes very slowly; sometimes at a clip. As often as possible in nature, as reported in WATER LENS blog posts Forward and Data.
- Aeon magazine, a smart culture-and-environment journal out of Melbourne. Always great reading. (Get started with my “Midnight at the Oasis” and “The Healing Power of Nature” and just keep digging.)
- Bill McKibben’s “Annals of a Warming Planet” in The New Yorker. His latest: The Climate Debt the U.S. Owes the World.
- Never reading Presidential tweets in favor of posts and classes by dharma teacher Oren Jay Sofer.
What has kept you reading, writing, staying alive? Please comment to let me know how you’re doing in body and spirit.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2021!
Find my 2020 Nautilus Book Award Winner and 2019 Oregon Book Award and Foreword INDIE Finalist The Oasis This Time: Living and Dying with Water in the West (Torrey House Press, 2019), at your local bookseller, Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.