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I’m Reading Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump

This week, I used an Audible credit and got the audiobook of Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump. So, once again, I’m being read to this week as I go throughout my day. I’m almost half finished with it. This might be one that I also buy the print copy of, because there are some sections that I’d like to hone in on the language of. There is some repetition going on, and I’d also like to check out the dialogue a little more closely. I like it so far. As you know, I don’t really do book reviews, because that’s pretty much what they would honestly say. “I like it so far.” I might need to look into getting better at book reviews some day. I’ll have plenty of chances here soon, I suppose.

After getting accepted into the MFA program, I got myself set up and registered for my summer classes. While I’m super excited to start the MFA in the summer, I’m also super excited to have a reason to go back to Richmond, Kentucky and have Apollo’s Pizza here soon. I haven’t had it in probably seven or eight years. I’ve also been looking into transportation options, Greyhound bus tickets, the average costs of Uber near campus, and things like that. I think it’s going to be alright. It’s not too expensive. It is a little annoying that there’s not some sort of bus that travels from Lexington, Kentucky to Richmond, Kentucky. I think there’s a night of the residency where I’ll have to either ask a classmate for a ride up to a literary reading Lexington, or pay $50-$80 bucks to get up there in an Uber from Richmond and back. I did so much thinking and planning about this over the last few days that I didn’t even write any short fiction for the blog this week.

My Weekly Short Fiction Experiment On My Blog

I have been posting short stories on Fridays on my blog for the a month and a half or so. This week, in addition to planning for my summer, I also wrote some on a project that I started recently – the project I started in my little red Leuchtturm 1917 notebook. I like where it’s going so far, but we’ll see if I can keep up momentum. But, that means I didn’t get to working on any short stories for the blog.

I think that the main reason I wanted to post short stories on Fridays was to give myself practice with letting things go a little bit. I tend to over-edit my short stories. I’ll rewrite things 10 or more times sometimes. I don’t know for sure, but I think that’s more than most other writers I know. It’s partly because I like the process, which is a good reason. It’s also partly because of imposter syndrome or something like that, probably. So, I had to figure out a way to not get too stuck on the same stories for half a decade, especially when it keeps me from working on new things.

I think I accomplished my goal. I like some of the stories I posted, quite a lot, actually. And, some of them are just okay, and that’s okay. I’ve proved to myself that I can let the draft be. I probably won’t post short stories every Friday now. I’m sure I’ll have stuff every now and then, though.

Anyway, I’ll need some more stuff to read after this audiobook is finished, so let me know what you’re reading.




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One response to “I’m Reading Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump”

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    I just started reading The Guncle by Steven Rowley, and I’m liking it.

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.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright. It’s no In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, or Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino or anything, though. But buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

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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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My Curriculum Vitae

You can view my full CV here, and bits and pieces of it are on my About page. A short summary of my educational and professional accomplishments are below.


Bluegrass Writers Studio Emerging Writer Award Finalist, 2022

Western Governors University Capstone Excellence Award, 2022

University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Award, 2015


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bluegrass Writers Studio, Eastern Kentucky University, 2024 (anticipated graduation date)

Master of Business Administration, Western Governors University, 2022

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Louisville, 2017


Designated Project Manager (Project Management for the Non-Project Manager) Certificate, University of South Florida, 2023 (anticipated certificate program completion date)

Workplace and Personal Wellness Foundations Certificate, University of South Florida, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida, 2021

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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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