|Posted on January 8, 2020 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
I can't possibly detail what led me to order a stack of books on the subject of spam javelins. In the recent past, thanks to writing-related hijinks, I ordered such materials as Outbursts!: A Queer Erotic Thesaurus and The Antichrist Cookbook (twice) without anyone raising an eyebrow. It didn't matter that this was my workplace; we're a research-focused university, dammit! Libraries hold an unspoken rule about keeping the confidentiality of their patrons. I felt validated. I fe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 1, 2020 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
The annual Listing of the Things always ends on or after January 1, once Captain H and I have discussed our year in movies in exhaustive detail over a glass or two of fire water.
Every year I regret not having seen more. I spent so much time writing in 2019 that I have a mere pittance to share. If I include DVDs and home viewing, I have seen 32 moving pictures, which is not even half of his list. A ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 31, 2019 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Our second installment in the Listing of the Things series: Books.
Discounting the DNFs, the cookbooks and photography books, the tomes I whizzed through purely for research, and the unpublished MS I can't name but would recommend if I could, I read 56 books this year. Not bad, but considering 8 of those were kids' books, that number seems a bit low. In my defense, some of these were over 500 pages.
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|Posted on December 30, 2019 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Again we find ourselves at the end of a year and the annual Listing of the Things. And like every year, it feels like we just did this five minutes ago.
First up: Music.
These tunes are somewhat vaguely listed in order of great to outstanding, so keep reading. The one and only rule: This is a selection ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 3, 2019 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Over six years ago, I left a job I thought would be a perfect fit. I turned down an opportunity to work in a grueling catering position—one that could further my burgeoning career—to work in publishing. A great deal less taxing physically, working as an assistant editor sounded ideal. A marriage between food and books, where I could sit on my duff at a desk instead of massaging my sore knees every night? Sign me up.
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|Posted on September 22, 2019 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Friday I went to a lecture on publishing at TechNexus, a nifty collaborative space within the Civic Opera House. As usual, I was running late. I hustled east down Randolph as GoogleMaps instructed, only to find myself at a corner devoid of street signs, the massive buildings broadcasting no addresses. (This is typical, unfortunately.)
In my defense, Wacker is the most infuriating street on earth. It must have gotten its undergrad at Peach...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 30, 2019 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
My second story just dropped on The Stories We Tell podcast!
My story is first (eep!) in this episode, Stories of Freedom. See first comment for link. I'm extra proud of this one; I played with rhythm and cadence more than I have been in recent years, inspired by a fellow local author. It's the closest I'll get to poetry.
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|Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
I generally love Lit Hub, but I was disappointed after reading Temple's article. I'm one of the few people who didn't understand what all the fuss was about with Roupenian’s "Cat People", so when I caught wind of this, I was excited to see a similar mindset or a dissection of what I was missing. Instead, after a delicious build-up of important issues and ideas, it ends with a thud:
'The reacti...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
I promised...many posts. They're coming, I swear. My brain is a mite disheveled.
Rather than catching you up chronologically, I figure posting equally haphazardly is just as good.
Last month I met with a few of my fellow scribes for a retreat, then spent the night in a nearby B&B to write. I do that...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 7, 2019 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
Monday was definitely a Monday.
It's been awhile since I forgot my car in a tow zone, so Life decided to give me a flat. It was a result of hitting one of approximately 8 million potholes left by salt, rampant temperature variances, and snowplows. For days, my car's "low tire pressure" light nagged at me. I was certain it was just the cold causing a false indicator, until I left work and saw that it...Read Full Post »