23 February 2011

"I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain..."

I could also call this entry, like the last one, "a dollar short and a day late."   More like, two weeks late.

22 February 2011

Reading is Fundamental

Yes, it's sad.  I missed a week of posting what I've read and how my writing has progressed.  What can I say?  It's been one busy blur... lots to talk about about, and actually one or two things I can't just yet.

But, 'til then, back to business.  Here's what I've read over a fortnight.  It wasn't much...

15 February 2011

"Going back to Cali, stylin', profilin'..."

Layna Pimentel gave me one of these, so I'm stylin' and profilin'!  Personally, it reminds me how I really need to spruce the place up a bit.  I mean, I guess it's stylish in a retro, used Salvo thrift store outfit kinda way.  Yeah, or not.  But anyway, I won and I'm grateful!

The rules of the Stylish Blogger Award call for me to tell seven things about myself.  I'll give it a shot, trying not to repeat anything I might've said before.

14 February 2011

"What is this thing called love?"

I've joked before about how I look at my last two publications of 2010, which fall under the umbrella of "weird erotica," and think to myself, as David Byrne sang, "My God! What have I done?"

Pulling double duty, Harry Markov reviews both of the anthologies in which I've appeared recently, and he does so on Valentine's Day, no less.  Because nothing says Valentine's Day like zombie sex and tentacle pr0n...

07 February 2011

Reading is Fundamental

I spent last week with the rest of Karen Joy Fowler's new collection What I Didn't See and Other Stories.
[Edited to add: My Working Writer's Daily Planner says it's KJF's birthday today--Happy Birthday!!]

"Familiar Birds."  It's funny how I keep coming across these "Back when I was a kid" stories lately.  I liked this one even better than I liked Mark Rigney's "Portfolio" from LCRW 22.  5 out of 5.

"Private Grave 9."  A detailed account of a character's slow almost(?)-descent into... something.  5 out of 5.

"The Marianas Islands."  It had my favorite passage in the book so far, and one of the more interesting main characters.  The ending was a little too abrupt for me.  4 out of 5.
"Once when I was four or five I asked my grandmother to tell me a secret, some secret things only grown-ups knew.  She thought a moment, then leaned down close to me and whispered.  'There are no grown-ups,' she said."

"Halfway People."  Probably has my second-favorite line in the collection, but I'm pretty sure it's my favorite story overall.  5 out of 5.
"But a story never told is also a danger, particularly to the people in it."

"Standing Room Only."  One story with John Wilkes Booth, dancing around his most infamous performance in the Ford Theater?  Okay.  Two?  I don't know. 3 out of 5.

"What I Didn't See."  Loved the ending, but it just took a little too long to get there for me.  3.5 out of 5.

"King Rat."  This was in the Trampoline anthology, but I hadn't gotten that far yet.  A nicely solemn riff on the Pied Piper story.  5 out of 5.

05 February 2011

"They're doin' the Bump N Touch. They're doin' the Dap-Dip. EVERYthing."

I'd been looking forward to seeing Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings since they were here two years ago.  It was less of a straight-up concert than it was a real soul/R&B revue.  It was a party!

Two nights ago, my evening started a bit early in a new(-ish) bar and on Facebook with my new "friend," Binky Griptite...

02 February 2011

"Chain, chain, chaaaaaain..."

I didn't get much done last weekend.  It was pointed out to me that I do tend to overdo it a bit during the week, and that maybe it's worth taking a night off during the week.  I'm starting to agree--better to lose an evening or two rather than two whole fucking weekend days!  And I gotta tell you, as evidenced by the fact that I'm not going to be able to check off yesterday and probably not tomorrow, this week isn't looking so good, either.

Although I'm willing to cut myself a break tomorrow.  Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are coming to town!