Good evening, blog readers, and welcome to this week’s round-up of our blog posts. Another short week, it seems, as our bloggers deal with the stress of final exams. If you’re in the same boat as them, I wish you the best of luck on all your tests. Before you know it, you’ll be out the other side and celebrating Christmas with some relaxation. If you’re looking for a literary diversion from your studies for just a bit, why not check out the Jet Fuel Review’s fourth issue? The issue is now online and ready to be perused and read. Whether you’re looking for new fiction, poetry, non-fiction, or art, you’re sure to find some interesting and compelling pieces at the Jet Fuel Review. Please do check it out!
In terms of blog posts, this week began with a writing advice post extolling the virtues of taking a break. Though it may be hard to believe, writing can be a very taxing activity. Your brain gets a workout and sitting for long periods of time while working on a project can make you lethargic. To combat that, I’d advise taking breaks after hitting certain writing milestones. Have you made it to ten chapters? Did you finally ferret out the correct word to make your stanza complete? Give yourself a break for a few days! The next day’s discussion post asked our readers whether they agreed with my advice. We’d still love to hear your opinions in the comments there.
This week’s poem from Slate was I’m Going to Have to Fire the Dream Master by Richard Kenney. In Lucas’ Bibliophilia column this week, he discussed irony in our pop culture, with the example of David Rees’ How to Sharpen Pencils.
Thanks for tuning in this week for our blog posts. We hope you stick around for more!
— Mary Egan, Jet Fuel Blog Editor