What’s good? — JANUARY 2019 by Hurley Winkler

Every month, I’ll share my top five life updates. Here’s what’s good in my world for January.


1) Accepted a spot at the Atlantic Center for the Arts’ residency.

I’m excited to study under short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

I’ll be writing alongside seven other writers, and the residency will also have eight dancers and eight photographers present. Shipping out on February 17!


2) More than 50 women attended our first Babes + Books meeting of the year.

We’ve never had a bigger crowd at the Jacksonville chapter of the book club I lead with Babes Who Hustle. This month, we discussed Becoming by Michelle Obama.

I’m looking forward to discussing Blackout by Sarah Hepola at our next meeting on March 25th.


3) Started my #52Booksin52Weeks challenge.

In 2019, I’m striving to read a book every week. I’ve always been a bit of a slow reader, so this is a big challenge for me.

I got off to a great start this month by reading six books, putting me ahead of schedule! Here’s what I’ve read so far:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran

And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

You can follow my reading challenge in real time on Goodreads.


4) Interviewed a WWE Diva for the podcast.

After throwing some serious Instagram shade, WWE Diva Alicia Fox came on our podcast!

We chatted about her 13+ year wrestling career. And who knew this WWE Diva loves zines?!

Don’t miss this episode when it lands in February. Subscribe to Completely Booked wherever you get your podcasts.


5) Made serious progress on an essay thanks to my cheerleading partner, Jessica.

What’s a cheerleading partner? Basically a writing partner with pom poms.

I’m lucky to have brilliant literary editor Jessica Hatch on my side as my cheerleading partner.

This month, Jessica and I met up twice to talk about an essay I’ve been toiling over for six months. She really helped me see the forest for the trees in this piece of writing, and the essay is finding its shape!

Looking forward to February with all my might.

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