There were two reasons I moved to Salt Lake: love and grad school. Before I start school I have to pass the GRE so I have been studying nonstop since August. I’m enrolled in a Kaplan course that takes up a lot of my time and has already helped improve my practice test scores. I study an hour before work, I study on my lunch hour, I study on my breaks, and I study after work. I also still work full time, I’m still getting used to my new city and state, and I’m about to move to downtown Salt Lake City in a few weeks. I also started a small business. (More info about that soon.) In other words, I have very little time to write. I’m taking the GRE at the end of October and after that I can be a real boy again.
I haven’t ceased writing. I have a few outlines and ideas, just no final drafts that I want to make public yet. A few things I’m thinking about now: the “purpling” of Arizona, Glenn Beck and Mormon polygamy, the Kearns Building downtown, what it means to be vulnerable, immigration policy, urban gardens, the fraud known as reparative therapy, the history of tea, prison reform, and organizing a Showgirls viewing party in Salt Lake.
I can’t kick my addiction to books so I’m still reading a lot. Currently the books shaping my ideas are The Devil’s Highway, A Queer History of the United States, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Eating Animals.
I know I haven’t been posting as often as I used to so I wanted to make it clear why. Once the GRE is over I’ll have a lot more time to write and explore Salt Lake. Until then, a few things are on pause.