I wrote a loving tribute to collagist/photographer Colette Saint Yves for Anobium and despite linking to her various media haunts within the feature, called "Midnight Party", I really can't emphasize the brilliance that is her 8Track enough, nor can I stop listening to "Mustafa" by Bebi Dol.
The beautiful Prick of the Spindle has accepted my short story, "Lamping," for publication, and my heart is singing "Hello ma Baby" in a top hat! "Lamping" is really dear to me and was rejected from many places with extremely good feedback. Certain criticisms I took very gleefully but ultimately I knew the piece was just tough and in most cases nobody got it, and it is a piece that exists very much for those who are going to dig it deep. It is based on a few true stories, ends in a hallucination, and is really about self-loathing and internalized misogyny. Its sister has not found publication yet, although it's been under consideration from the journal I want it to live in since September!
Since AWP 2012 is SOLD OUT I am extra pumped to be going to Chicago just to go to Chicago! I think I may be appearing in the book fair - "appearing," I mean very much in the way of an apparition - and frolicking with Gina Abelkop and Kristen Stone and Anobium and my buddy Maria. Which is all I want, besides a vacation. I feel silly for wanting one all ready, but I do have a very demanding day job. And Chicago has some of the best coffee in the world. My decision has been made for me.