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.

By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Indianapolis. He's a teacher, a literary editor, and writer. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University. He also has MBA and BA degrees.

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