Today marks the first full month of the blog.  It feels like a real accomplishment.  I’ve been busy.  This week I have been sick.  But I have not missed a day.  I’m not sure what that’s worth, though it does feel good to me to know I am sticking with it even when it is hard.

In this month I’ve blogged my way through one full story collection and one novel.  That’s about where I thought I would be, and it puts me fairly well on target to have blogged all of Welty’s short stories and novels by her birthday month of April.

I know this is going to get harder.  In February, I have two conferences, and in March I have one.  I hope I can say by April that I still haven’t missed a day, but we will see.

I also would like to say that I’ll keep this up for one full year, moving on to secondary works once I’ve blogged through Welty’s fiction, and then coming back again to her stories after reading the biographers and critics.  It’s a dream.  I don’t know how realistic it is given how busy I am, but I’m going to make a stab at it.

When I finish my year of Welty, I’d really like to move on to other writers–Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Zora Neal Hurston, Carson McCullers, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, etc.  If it had occurred to me before I started that I might be interested in continuing to blog my daily reading on an ongoing basis, I might have had the foresight to pick another name for my blog.   Oh, well.  With one month down, I have eleven to go to think up a name for a new blog dedicated to a new author.