What I’m Into: September 2013

I’m interrupting our regularly scheduled One Good Phrase to bring you my Sometimes-Monthly-Wrap-Up of all (not really all, thank goodness. More like some) that I wrote/thought/ watched/ read in the month of September.

I know. BORING. Self-obsess much, Micha? I hear you. Feel free to move on to another blog ASAP.

Okay. You’re still here? Wow. Thank you so much. Like, seriously. You are a really nice person.

Here’s what I was into this month:

I finished writing a book and then jumped on my couch with crazy eyes.

Then I went to Guatemala and met the little girl I sponsor with World Vision.

Then I came home and wore leggings every day for two weeks and thought about Guatemala while trying to figure out what to name my book.

The great thing about September in San Francisco is that the fog suddenly disappears and the sun shines bright and we all pull out our shorts and play outside. The seasons are a little off from the rest of the country and the leaves don’t change color. But it’s still lovely and we’re all so happy to feel the sunshine on our faces.

During the first half of the month, I didn’t read much. I just wrote and revised and slept a few hours and revised some more. And, sometimes, I cried about my kid being old enough to go to Kindergarten. And then I turned in my book and read other books that weren’t from my own brain! Ahhhh, reading! I heart you.

Here’s what I read:

  • Addie Zierman’s soon to be released book: When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting OverActually, if I’m being honest here, I read this while I was still working on the book. I couldn’t stop, even though I needed to sleep, not read. Y’all, this book is phenomenal. So beautifully written. And Addie is just telling my story, maybe yours too. I can’t wait to give you a real review. But, trust me. Her book releases in two weeks. Go to Amazon now and pre-order. I promise it’s worth it.
That’s it. That’s the only book I finished this month. I’m crushed. You’re crushed. Seriously, you guys.


Here’s what I’m still reading:


  • I’m almost finished with Karen Swallow Prior’s little gem of a book Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me. It’s part memoir, part Lit professor talking lovingly about all the classics that have shaped her life. And for book nerds like me, it’s pretty fantastic.
  • Also I’m working through Dave Harrity’s book, Making Manifest. It’s a beautiful devotional/daily writing prompt. For all you writers of faith out there, this is something special too.
  • I’m starting Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing and Dan Allender’s The Healing Path for the counseling course I’m taking at my church.
What I’m watching:


  • Not a ton. I’m loving my New Girl. And Nashville and Parenthood finally started back last week! Woot. Since I don’t have cable, I’m a day behind the world in my viewing. So Monday and Tuesday nights are slow for me. So I’ve been watching old episodes of Parks and Recreation on Netflix while I do the dishes.
  • All that to say, my TV viewing is NOT THAT EXCITING.
  • Movies? You say. Ummmm. Well, I was writing this book and I didn’t do anything fun for a while. I did start a good movie that I fell asleep part way through. Does that count?
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Thanks for hanging out with me this month. I’m excited to be back in the blogging scene. I’ve missed you people!


Linking up with Leigh and her super-fun What I’m Into Monthly Link-Up.


  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ Leigh Kramer

    You had the best September ever! I cannot wait to read your book and I really appreciated your thoughtful posts about your time in Guatemala. And if you only had time to finish one book this month, there’s no finer choice than Addie’s amazing offering. Hope October will offer you a time of refreshment. And sleep. Lots of sleep.

    • michaboyett

      Thank you, friend. I feel so encouraged now. Yes, no better book to have finished than Addie’s. :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/teenbug Tina Francis/ @teenbug

    O, Micha! I like you.

    New Girl + Parenthood + Parks and Rec!!!

    Those are my jams.

    Congratulations on the book! Woot. You got some serious air on that jump. :) So excited to see what the future has for you.

    Intrigued by the book, “Making Manifest.” I’ve been in a writing funk. I wonder if the book would help jump start my creative engine.

    Thanks for this! Deliciousness all around. Enjoy the weather!


    • michaboyett

      Teen, if only we could all gather in a magical living room and watch all our TV shows together. And eat a lot of popcorn and chocolate. Every night. Yes, the air on that jump is bigger-seeming because you can’t see the couch. I promise I’m not that sprite!

      And, yes, look into Making Manifest. It really might help your funk. It’s amazing to read scripture in the morning and then be directed into a 15 minute writing prompt. So cool to see those two things i love combined. Also, if you haven’t looked into it, Dave Harrity’s website is http://thisisantler.com/ which is working to engage writing and spiritual formation. Super cool.

  • Jeannie

    I’m enjoying seeing your blog updates; keep them coming and don’t apologize! Please stop suggesting good books for me to read, though. There are only 24 hours in a day, after all … I read “Booked” this year as well and enjoyed it thoroughly. I’m also interested to see that Addie Zierman has a book coming out; I read a nonfiction piece of hers in Rock & Sling recently and it was wonderful.

    • michaboyett

      Jeannie, I love that you read something Addie wrote in Rock & Sling because I love that you read Rock & Sling! Yeah, Addie’s the real deal. Such a gifted writer.

      And I know, too many books! Too many. So glad we can lament our finiteness and how hard it is to read them all. :) Oh, and thanks for rejecting my apology!

  • http://www.caramichelestrickland.wordpress.com/ Cara Strickland

    I love love love Addie, and I’m sitting here next to an ARC of her book. How exciting! I love these “coffee dates” on the blog, so don’t stop, ok?
    Oh and Booked, such a lovely book, I’m going to be returning to it.
    Don’t get me started on New Girl, already, the season is different :)
    I have a copy of Making Manifest, looking forward to getting started!