Eric Shay Howard

Bad blogger. Complicated. Gay.


Tag: books

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

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

    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, […]

  • I’m Reading The Best American Short Stories 2021

    I’m Reading The Best American Short Stories 2021

    I used to read The Best American Short Stories pretty regularly ever since I started studying creative writing. Somehow I sort of fell off the wagon for the last few years, though. I haven’t read since Roxane Gay was the guest editor for the 2018 edition. Well, I’m catching up. I’m starting with the newest […]

  • I’m Reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

    I’m Reading The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

    Yesterday, I finished up Less by Andrew Sean Greer, so I started my next audiobook. Today’s task is to get as finished with The Night Watchman as I can. I’ve got a lot of books to get through that I’ve acquired over some time. I don’t really like to write actual reviews of books anymore, […]

  • I’m Reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer

    I’m Reading Less by Andrew Sean Greer

    I’m reading the novel Less by Andrew Sean Greer. I know. Big deal. A writer reads. Whatever. I actually kind of feel bad because I’ve also been reading less (not as much of) for a year or so. I finally finished The Goldfinch in 2020 after starting it in 2015, Right after that I bought […]

  • Books That Helped Me With My Writing

    Books That Helped Me With My Writing

    Last week, I applied to several low-residency MFA programs. While I’d LOVE to get accepted into one of those programs, I’m trying to remember that there are other ways to learn about writing literary fiction, too. The chances of getting accepted into an MFA program seem like they’re getting lower and lower these days, even […]

  • Crushes, A Fiction Collection, Available In Paperback and Amazon Kindle

    Crushes, A Fiction Collection, Available In Paperback and Amazon Kindle

    My fiction collection, Crushes, is now available in paperback! Description: A young anthropologist observes the mysteries of the flightless birds in her father’s back yard with the help of a handsome and mysterious traveling painter. A mall cowboy competes for the favor of his work crush. College buddies discover a secret spaceship beneath a hidden […]

  • I’m Still Trying To Finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    I’m Still Trying To Finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    They say if you’re a writer, you should read a lot. I understand why people say that, and it’s good advice, but I think it’s important to also remember that you can’t read everything. Well, I can’t. There are also lots of dry periods where I don’t read anything. My reading habits are not consistent. […]