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Equipment Test! Episode 9 – Reading List, and Books That Helped Me With My Writing

Equipment Test Episode 9 - Microphone on desk

In case you missed it, the newest episode of my podcast, Equipment Test! came out over the weekend. So, yes, I AM still recording this podcast in which I just recap my blog posts every weekend. Yes, I still shut myself in my bedroom so my roommate doesn’t hear while I record it, and yes, it is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and there places where you can probably find podcasts. Just so we’re all on the same page.

So, if you read my blog last week, you’re in good shape I guess and can probably just go on about your day. If you didn’t, then just listen to this week’s episode of Equipment Test! and I’ll give you the highlights. Last week, I blogged about books that helped me with my writing, plus I read Less by Andrew Sean Greer and also The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. I also talked about how I am trying to get caught up on The Best American Short Stories series because I got behind on them and feel bad about it.

I’m still playing with which day of the week to post the usual blog post about the podcast episode. Last week I told you all about it on Monday, but this week it’s getting posted on Tuesday. There’s a reason, but every time I try to write out the reason for you, it doesn’t make sense, so whatever. It doesn’t matter anyway. We’re all spinning on muddy rock in space.

Edit: Just a note about something I said in this episode. The Best American Short Stories 2021 was released in October of 2021, and it’s for stories that were printed in 2020, NOT IN 2021. Gosh, podcasts are hard.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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