Before mercury, my blood used to fill thermometers.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hear the bones humming.

I will be AWP-less this year because I have been too ill of health to risk the travel. Specifically, I'm having anxiety problems. I bring this up for a few reasons, even though I'm usually really disinclined to bring it up: I should be more okay than I am with feeling like an acute anxiety attack is a valid reason for wanting to take it easy (I don't allow myself that usually, which is how the attacks get worse or don't go away swiftly) and I need to remember for the next time this happens that this was significant enough that I had to cancel big plans. My anxiety attacking is typical of major upheaval and positive change (go figure!). Because I don't have any kind of an anxious disposition, these episodes are always a shock and unwieldy, and I do everything I can to dismiss them and move on, which doesn't always have the intended affect. I need to take care of myself when something of this nature strikes. And that's what I'm going to do: I've got Twin Peaks and no day-work for a week.

Bright side: I approved the web proof of my little prose piece "Van's Friend in the City" for Anomalous this past week! Anomalous Press is beautiful, I can't wait to see the new issue (their first anniversary issue!) and I am filled with the vastly preferable anticipation-esque anxiety for their future projects. Also, my remark about Tiny Furniture is appearing soon on the Rumpus! I wouldn't call it a review, and I intend to expound on my feelings about the film here after it goes up. I'm afraid the piece comes off as negative, but I really enjoyed what the film provoked in my viewing of it and am grateful for the occasion to explore the issues it raised for me.

Lastly and most ravishingly I begin soon not only the very very beautiful new full-time job I have mentioned before but also now I am a payrolled part-time writer/reporter! I am going to roll out the details once I've put myself in order. I am so lucky. When I left my badge at the security desk at my now ex-job on Friday, I was the envy of all, and they didn't even know where I was headed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Book Challenge 23.

Day 01 – The best book you read this year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t

Day 23.

Among my bigger shames: not finishing the Master and Margarita. Some Dostoevsky. I can't even think about what. I have read and re-read certain parts of Moby Dick and I love it but I haven't sat and read it in a way I can actually take it in, and I am very good with mammoths usually.

Valentine's Day was all about diminishing me! My boyfriend got me THE COFFEE VESSEL TO END ALL COFFEE VESSELS and I was just beat up and weepy all weekend. Because I react to great influx of fortune by becoming exasperatingly vulnerable. Then my best friend Kara came to have dinner with me and some man spit on her in the grocery store parking lot.

I can't believe you, VD.

Monday, February 13, 2012

For gramarye, the root word of glamour, also gave birth to the word grammar.

1. I reviewed Glamorous Freak by Roxanne Carter and the rave is up at Anobium and I could not mean anything more strongly than when I say I love love love this book. Roxanne is one of my absolutely favorite contemporary writers and Debra di Blasi/Jaded Ibis did a brilliant job with Roxanne's images. Technically though you should not buy it yet because Jaded Ibis has a pre-order gift that will blow minds.


I have enjoyed so many absurdly beautiful books lately and I'm looking forward to raving about each of them in the coming months: Tantra Bensko's Lucid Membrane, Karen Lillis' Watch the Doors as They Close, Gina Abelkop's Darling Beastlettes (one-sitting RAVENOUS read), Joyelle McSweeney's the Necropastoral, Arielle Guy's Three Geogaophies, Susana Gardner's Herso, and oh - ohhhh! - What Was the Hipster?

2. MY STORY "CELLAR HOLLER" IS ON AT SPORK and more pointedly the press announced it via Facebook with "This is love," making me melt all over the sushi my mother bought me (and my boyfriend) for VD. I hope you read it. I hope you enjoy it. My experience with Spork and Caketrain have been the most intense as far as editing goes. Being an editor myself I really enjoy the process of giving my work up completely, not thinking about it, and seeing what comes out of that level of sophisticated collaboration. One can be sure if one is working with the editors of Spork or Caketrain, one is working with somebody totally committed and brilliant at what they do. I am so proud Spork loves my story so dearly and I hope it does inspire other loves.

3. My latest job, though it enabled me to move and heightened the quality of most facets of my life, I enjoy less than I've enjoyed almost anything I've ever done, and this week I was granted the privilege of leaving to do something I absolutely love! My jaw's perfectly happy to never be hinged again. I will start right after AWP! And so my jaunt with Chicago will be a million times more of a celebration. A million!

Also, WE ARE THE FUN PERCENT is still very much open to submissions, blisteringly, until the end of March! Don't waste time! Just 500 words on how you are thwarting the encroaching grimitude with your ingenuity, like Rachel Rosenfelt and Gaby Dunn.

(Post title blithely via the Beheld.)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Editions I didn't know existed.


"She came to my work after the reveal. She asked me to sign her diary."

I have never cried so hard. Laura Albert changed my life as a child and keeps doing so.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WE ARE THE FUN PERCENT.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
THE FUN PERCENT
an anthology edited by Kari Larsen and Colette Newby

What have you been doing with this weird time? This liminal space where markets are shifting, jobs are scarce, and the issue of money/debt is omnipresent? How are you having fun?

Have you started a small press or an online magazine? Have you written a book? Have you made an online comic? Have you gotten totally obsessed with somebody's tumblr? Have you found a zoological garden obscured in the wilds of your mountain town? How do you seek joy? How do you have fun?

How are you taking advantage of the contemporary world for maximum enjoyment? Essays in the form of words (500 min.), video and art are welcome for consideration. Questions can be directed here on this post or to Kari.Lee.Larsen@Gmail.com, where submissions can go as well. The deadline is the last day of March April 20th. Please submit and please reblog!