March 10, 2014 at 6:40 am (Books, Recommended, Sundays)
Tags: biographies, history, Sundays
The enslaved community was generally nonliterate, but nonliterate does not equal non-observant and nonknowledeable. Because they could not easily send each other letters, slaves developed a much remarked-upon ability to pass information from community to community while running errands for their masters, visiting spouses on other plantations, or on trips with masters as they visited their friends and family. The Virginia colonists talked of revolution in their homes, committee meetings, and other venues, but there was not much that whites knew that the blacks around them did not know as well.
– The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed
March 10, 2014 at 3:47 am (Artists and Writers, Books, Family, Food and Drink, Lists, Sundays, Traveling)
Tags: AWP, biographies, discoveries, Filipino food, lists, memoir, praise, reading lists, restaurants, Seattle, Sundays, travel, writing conferences
- There are times when self feels fanfiction may just save her life.
- The Hunger Games cannot be called a rip-off of Japanese movie Battle Royale because the Japanese movie didn’t have a boy who bakes.
- In late February, self attended her first AWP Conference since 2009. It was really excellent, discovering the Pioneer Square area: Davidson Galleries, Glass House, Grand Central Bakery, Occidental Park and chess board, the Globe bookstore. She has got to return to Seattle.
- The AWP Book Fair is the coolest thing to have happened to her so far this year
- She loves the soundtrack of Frozen and has been listening to it over and over in her car.
- Listening to Angela Narciso Torres read always makes self feel like crying.
- The Man can still make a mean callos.
- Her most visited local farmers market is the one in Belmont. She loves Heidi’s Pies (in business for 47 years: the bakery’s on El Camino in San Mateo)
- The members of her writing group are the most unheralded fabulous writers in the whole US of A.
- The service in Ling Nam (South San Francisco) is still terrible. But The Man adores their goto with tokwa’t baboy. And who can blame him.
The Goto (which The Man always orders with Tokwa’t Baboy) from Ling Nam, South San Francisco
- She sweats. A lot. Self is beginning to worry that the yoga is responsible for unleashing something unspeakable and mystifying.
- She can’t stay up past 10 p.m. anymore. That’s why she hasn’t posted about Justified and Saturday Night Live for so long. But, if she gets to sleep by 10 p.m., she doesn’t suffer from insomnia.
- The new Bay Bridge is soooo beautiful.
- She can’t read anymore. It is terrible. She’s only on her third book – The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed — since the start of the year. The other two she started this year were In the Shadow of Man, by Jane Goodall, and Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West. Strange, she used to be able to tear through at least 60 books a year. At this rate, by the end of 2014, she’ll be lucky to finish 12.
- Her 1998 Altima may be ready to give up the ghost. After spending 1K at the mechanic, the engine sounds worse, and it has so far failed three smog tests.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
March 3, 2014 at 1:13 am (Artists and Writers, Books, Links, Lists, Publishers, Recommended, Sundays)
Tags: AWP, Events, lists, Literary Magazines, poetry, Seattle, Sundays, writing conferences
The Fourth Genre Table at the AWP Book Fair: Each miniature chapbook contained an excerpt from a piece they had published. What a neat idea!
In spite of the fact that self hit the AWP Book Fair for a couple of hours every single day, she still managed to miss the following exhibitors, don’t ask why:
- The Allegheny Review
- The Austin Review
- Barn Owl Review
- Bellingham Review
- Big Fiction Magazine
- Burnside Review
- Emergency Press
- Fiction International
- Five Points
- Florida Review
- Four Way Books (She missed Brian Komei Dempster’s reading for Topaz, boo)
- Gargoyle Magazine
- Gingko Tree Review
- Hayden’s Ferry Review
- Kelsey Street Press
- Kore Press
- Lapham’s Quarterly
- LSU Press
- Mid-American Review
- Milkweed Editions
- Minnesota Review
- n+1 Magazine
- Naugatuck River Review
- New Delta Review
- New Issues Poetry & Prose
- New Letters/ BkMk Press
- New York Review of Books
- Newfound Journal
- Night Train
- Noemi Press
- Omnidawn Publishing
- Owl Eye Review
- Pacifica Literary Review
- Painted Bride Quarterly
- Paris Press
- Passages North
- Permafrost Magazine
- Poetry Flash
- Press 53/ Prime Magazine
- Puerto del Sol
- Rio Grande Review
- River Teeth
- Rock & Sling
- Sarabande Books
- Sewanee Review/ Sewanee Writers Conference (Self has never been, but she heard this one is fabulous)
- Soho Press
- South Dakota Review
- Sun Magazine
- Sundog Lit
- Sycamore Review
- Tampa Review
- Tusculum Review
- Upstreet: A Literary Magazine
- Veterans Writing Project
- Virginia Quarterly Review
- Water-Stone Review
- Whidbey Writers Workshop
- Zone 3 Press
- Small Press Distribution
By the time self left Seattle, she had such an accumulation of flyers, reviews, chapbooks and other what-have-you from book and magazine publishers at the Book Fair that she had to check in not just one but two pieces of luggage at Sea-Tac.
Spork Press (based in Austin, TX): Featuring Handmade Books of Fiction * Poetry * Whatever
But, it’s all good.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
February 24, 2014 at 3:13 am (Artists and Writers, Links, postaday, Sundays)
Tags: art, discoveries, inspirations, memories, Palo Alto, photography, postaday, postaweek, summer, Sundays, Wordpress
Another set of non-filmic threes for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.
Self doesn’t know where her head is at, these days. What with hearing from three different editors about three different short pieces accepted for publication, and having to mail signed author contracts, and leaving for the AWP conference in Seattle, she is extremely distracted, to say the least.
Still, she found a quiet space of half an hour this evening, and decided to use the time to try and come up with another set of three pictures for the photo challenge. Once again, she tried to find three that had a strong narrative sequence. Once again, she failed.
She did notice, however, that trying to think of her pictures as part of a set of three leads her to select photographs that were taken from the same place and roughly the same time about the same subject. This gives them a unity of focus — in time, if nothing else. She likes!
Palo Alto Art Festival, August 2013. Tasso Street is closed to traffic and artists make chalk drawings.
Self discovered that she is very attracted to the color orange!
Still more orange-y chalk art. Hard to believe it all gets hosed away after the festival.
Here’s a link to one of the artists who was featured in the 2013 Palo Alto Festival.
February 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm (Filipino Writers, Links, Recommended, Sundays, Surprises, Traveling, Women Writers, Writing)
Tags: AWP, deadlines, discoveries, Events, Hotel Amerika, Just published, Literary Magazines, Seattle, short pieces, Sundays, trans, travel, websites, writing conferences, yoga
Self has been reading Eunoia Review for several years now.
She loves the writing. They publish poetry (beautiful poetry) and a kind of prose self considers “TransGenre.” Fits right up her alley. Ever since self heard the word “TransGenre,” a few years back (Hotel Amerika featured her piece “Ghosts” in their TransGenre issue, and gave a name to the kind of short short stuff self had just begun writing), she loves the word. TransGenre: not sure if you need to capitalize the “G.”
Which reminds her: She has to look and see if Hotel Amerika is at the AWP Book Fair!
She didn’t know anything about the editor, Ian Chung, until he sent her a message yesterday, saying the two pieces he’d accepted for the review were going live this week.
That’s when she decided to google him and found out that he edits the review from Singapore!
She wants to make sure she puts this announcement in before heading to the craziness of the AWP annual conference, this year being held in Seattle.
Self’s head is about to explode. She got a message from PANK late last night, and then just remembered she hadn’t yet submitted her signed author contract to Philippine Speculative Fiction vol. 9, and it’s due Mar. 1.
Panic attack! Nice panic attack, though.
This morning, she decided that the best thing for her to calm down would be to take a yoga class, and lo and behold, she got to Peacebank in downtown Redwood City, five minutes early, but after she checked in, there was no space. Wall to wall yoga mats, and no one wanted to budge even a few inches to give her a chance to squeeze in. Stone-faced, all!
The two people manning the check-in desk looked so impatient when self said there was no space. They said, maybe you can ask someone to move? Are you kidding? Did you see the grim-faced visage of everyone in the class when they saw self stumble in, clue-less and panting?
Which meant: good-by, yoga class! Au revoir! Till we meet again! Whenever or wherever!
In the meantime, self almost forgot: the link to Eunoia Review!
Here it is, dear blog readers. Enjoy.
February 16, 2014 at 4:42 pm (Movies, Sundays)
Tags: Anthony Lane, essay, Oscars, performances, praise, Sundays, The New Yorker
Anthony Lane’s piece on Philip Seymour Hoffman is in the current issue (Feb. 17 & 24, 2014) of The New Yorker. Below, a few excerpts:
Leading man, character actor, supporting player: really, who gives a damn? Either you hold an audience, so tight that it feels lashed to the seats, or you don’t. That is why the distinction between Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, at the Academy Awards, grows ever more ludicrous — essential, of course, to the smooth structure of the night, but untrue, Read the rest of this entry »
February 16, 2014 at 8:17 am (Links, Lists, Recommended, Sundays)
Tags: Events, inspirations, lists, Sundays, weekends
Rising UP in Your Life: Liberating Your Authentic Voice
A Transformational Weekend Workshop for Women
March 21 – 23, 2014
Facilitated by Michelle Bauman, M.A., J.D. and Carolyn Freyer-Jones, M.A.
Over the past five years, the two have coached hundreds of women. Interesting, loving, creative women with extraordinary ideas, hopes, and dreams. Women who love their families and are deeply committed to their mothering. Women in action.
The weekend includes opportunities for:
- Identifying the patterns that prevent you from experiencing greater fulfillment . . . and discovering new ways to dissolve them.
- Revolutionizing your decision making process in service to more heartfelt choices and
- Strengthening your ability to take other people’s discomfort and challenges (partners/husbands, bosses, children, parents) without collapsing into people-pleasing, people, and fixing and Self-Abandonment
Learning to speak on your own behalf without anger and againstness, experiencing greater grace and confidence.
- Locating your “taking risks” muscle . . . and learning how to strengthen it in service to authentic empowerment and living your heartfelt dreams.
- Deepening your ability to nurture and support your Self in times of challenge.
Intrigued? Go here.
February 10, 2014 at 8:34 am (Books, Conversations, Family, Links, Recommended, Sundays)
Tags: adaptations, Hunger Games, inspirations, praise, science fiction, Sundays
Still in son’s house, the house he and Jennie rent. Every night, we gather in front of the TV to watch the figure skating. Self makes horrible, taunting remarks — about the lace top of one of the male Russian skaters, about Putin sitting grim-faced rink-side, about how the medal counts are broken down by country (“Isn’t the whole point to stop thinking of individual countries, isn’t the point WORLD PEACE?” self whines)
When everyone else has gone to their room, self begins searching for Hunger Games fanfiction. She always finds good ones. The one she began reading earlier is called Good Again. It is 32 chapters. Whoever wrote it, he/she is good.
What makes self burst out laughing is a line from Chapter 7. Katniss is still suffering from PTSD, it’s been less than a year since she returned to District 12. She calls Dr. Aurelius, the doctor in the Capitol, and he tells her she needs to go back to hunting. Here’s an excerpt of their conversation:
“Would you be avoiding hunting?” he asked.
I was absolutely avoiding hunting. I went sometimes, when Peeta asked for squirrel. It used to calm me, but now it just reminds me of . . .
“Gale,” I said quietly. “It reminds me of Gale.”
“I see,” the doctor paused. “Gale was your hunting partner, as I recall. Do you love hunting?”
“I do. Not just hunting. Being in the woods, walking, climbing trees.” I was becoming nostalgic.
“Would you say it was a major part of your identity before the reaping?”
“Well, Katniss, I will now assign you a bit of homework. I want you to go hunting. Be sure to take a notebook with you.”
Dear blog readers, self is teaching an on-line creative writing class. And since Day 1 of the class, she has been repeating, over and over: “Bring a notebook with you wherever you go. Writing is like a muscle. It gets better with use.” (Katniss, if you were one of self’s creative writing students this quarter, you wouldn’t have to be told of the value of bringing a notebook with you wherever you go)
To have her words echoed by Doctor Aurelius in Hunger Games fanfiction is beyond priceless.
Self has learned that there’s a new character in the Mockingjay movies: Antonius. Why oh why did this new character have to have a name that sounds so much like Aurelius? Only now, while typing this, does self realize it is perfect: Antonius, a possible Capitol torturer, is responsible for breaking people. If this is correct, he’d be a perfect foil to Dr. Aurelius, whose specialty is healing Katniss’s and Peeta’s devastated psyches. (As usual, self has spoken too soon: Tonight she reads on Hypable that Antonius is likely “a doctor from District 13.” The mystery deepens. All she can say is, Knepper does a great broody face)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
February 10, 2014 at 5:29 am (Family, Niece, Relatives, Sundays)
Niece, Llana, chatting with Andrew and Jennie after the yoga workshop at Yoganette, West Covina.
Attended 2-hour yoga workshop at Yoganette in West Covina.
Self had such a workout! She sweat buckets.
One of the workshop leaders, Llana, is the daughter of her Bacolod cousins, Mae and Manong Eddie Villanueva.
Llana was a great teacher: kind and patient and very helpful. Plus, she has a great yoga voice. Hypnotic. Self could feel her neurosis spinning out of herself, slowly but surely.
How self would love to say she lost 5 lbs. in two hours. Dream ON, self!
Llana chatting with us after the workshop.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.