Big News Day

  • The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 (Self has one eye on the TV as she types this and already crowds seem to be massing in San Francisco —  Opponents of Prop 8 have apparently been gathered there, in a state of high anticipation, since early this morning).
  • “Angels & Demons” made $27.7 million over the weekend, which demonstrates once again why no one should read self’s movie reviews, HA HA HA HA HA
  • Today is the day that changed forever the way self feels about getting back her SASEs. Whenever she gets one of them back she thinks, Oh, another rejection.  There was one in today’s mail, and self let it sit and sit and sit. When she finally did rip it open, she made sure she was standing right next to the trash can.  Her disbelieving eyes saw only two words: “Contract forthcoming.”  Editor surely takes the prize in most laconic communication of the year!  Self submitted one of her “trans-genre” pieces.  She’s on a roll!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

2009 Foothill Writers Conference (Partial Schedule of Events)

Self has been giving workshops at the Foothill Writers Conference for years now, and she’ll say it again: this is one of the best writers conferences in the Bay Area, and it is still by far the most affordable. Where else can you get four days of workshops and readings, for less than $100? (For California residents, conference registration is a measly $53!) Mood is low-key and fun. You’ll find registration information, here.

Self’s workshops are Thursday, July 9, and Sunday, July 12. As it happens, Barbara Jane Reyes, Greg Sarris, and Justin Chin are also doing workshops on Thursday. So we’ll all be able to drop in on each other between workshops and/or readings, hopefully.

So, here’s the line-up for Thursday, 9 July, and Sunday, 12 July:

Thursday Faculty Readings
12 – 1:30 p.m. Alan Cheuse * Greg Sarris * Kim Wolterbeek

Thursday Workshops
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Justin Chin: “Monster Mush: The Uses and Abuses of Sentimentality in Writing”

Barbara Jane Reyes: “Poetry, Politics and Prayer: The Litany and the Line”

Greg Sarris: “Fiction: Writing From Home”

Marianne Villanueva: Writing Exercises in Flash Fiction

3:15 – 5 p.m. Thursday Workshops

Justin Chin: Memoir/ Personal Story Manuscript Workshop

Barbara Jane Reyes: Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Greg Sarris: “Fiction: Writing From Home”

Marianne Villanueva: Fiction Manuscript Workshop

5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday Faculty Readings
Justin Chin * Scott Inguito * Barbara Jane Reyes

Sunday, July 12 Faculty Readings
12 – 1:30 p.m. Tony Tulathimutte * Daniel Haysbert * Marianne Villanueva

Sunday Workshops
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Barbara Jane Reyes: “Poetry, Politics and Prayer: The Litany and the Line”

Marianne Villanueva: “What Narrative Poetry Can Teach Prose Writers”

3:15 – 5 p.m. Sunday Workshops

Barbara Jane Reyes: Poetry Manuscript Workshop

Marianne Villanueva: “Strategies for Revising the Voice-Driven Story”

5:30 – 7 p.m. Sunday Readings:
Student Readings and Musical Performance by Avotcja Jiltonilro and Modupue

Strange Web

Do dear blog readers recall that, a few weeks ago, self quoted from a blog named “a certain jen ne sais kwok”? Self read something about “Young Spock is Hawwwwt!!!” and it had her in stitches! Literally, in stitches! So, here’s the blog. Scroll down the “Gossip Girl” entries (“Gossip Girl” is Dearest Mum’s favorite TV show!) until you get to the picture of Young Spock and Young Kirk (Oh, Read the rest of this entry »

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