A Post for Halloween 2011/ Stanford Feminist Studies “Imagining Women”

As soon as it gets dark, self will hear the pitter patter of little feet on the driveway.  Hopefully, there’ll be lots of kids (to finish all self’s candy, and to justify her buying this black sequined pumpkin with glow-in-the-dark eyes).  Geez, she should at least have gotten herself a blue wig.  Self, why are you so lame?  You’ll be 80 and you’ll still be saying, “If only I had gotten dressed up for Halloween!”  Believe it or not, the neighbors across the street have already lined up the deck chairs on their front lawn, and are shooting the breeze.  But it’s still too light out.  In an hour, maybe, the kids will start flitting down the street.

Okey dokey, here’s what’s happening to self next year:

  • She is going to India (New Delhi) in January, at the invitation of a former UCLA Extension Writers Program student (More interesting stuff for Kanlaon!).  She already has her ticket.  Happy happy joy joy!  The student says she can arrange for self to take an elephant ride.  To be followed by a massage.  Hubby always ribs self about how little money she makes from teaching.  But, hubby, there are perks.  Such as getting the opportunity to travel to India, which —  hey, even teachers who’ve been teaching much longer than self cannot say they’ve ever received an invitation like that!  Hubby’s just jealous because he’s never received an invitation to see the fort at Jaipur!  From the back of an elephant!
  • She is going to Washington, DC.
  • She is going to be visiting a Stanford Feminist Studies class, “Imagining Women:  Writers in Print and in Person,” (Fem Studies 188N, T/Th 2:15 – 4:05, taught by Prof. Valerie Miner).  Attention, all prospective Feminist Studies Stanford students:  You must apply for the course at introsems.stanford.edu by 5 p.m., Nov. 29
  • She will, of course, at some point, be in Bacolod.  That’s already a foregone conclusion.  Hello, Balay Daku and Nestor the Vendor!  Hello, dearest cousins!  Hello, Santa Fe Resort!  And the San Sebastian Cathedral!  Hello Silay, Talisay, Murcia, and points beyond!  Too bad self missed the Adobo Festival and Masskara, but there’s always next year!
  • Her first novella, Marife, will be published as an e-book (Stay tuned for more details!)
  • She has stories coming out in the Asian American Literary Review, Phoebe, and Prism International.
  • She will make herself be the Queen of Happy.  She has learned so much this year from watching Gracie die, and from watching 16-year-old beagle Bella’s struggles to walk.  Self wants to do everything.  Everything.  Right now.

Ooh la la, Jerry Lewis and a Fairy Princess just showed up!  And a Sasquatch!  The Sasquatch was particularly good:  He hid behind a bush, and when self was handing out candy to some little tykes, he went BOO and rose up, and:  Darn!  Self wished she’d had her camera ready!  He was all covered in leaves, with only a little space for his eyes!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. November 1, 2011 at 2:03 am

    So much fabulous news! Congratulations, Marianne,

  2. November 1, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Thanks much, Mz. Donna! Let me know if you give a reading in my neck of the woods! Hope you’re having a good 2011 and here’s wishing you even more success in 2012!

  3. Maya said,

    November 1, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Ey, where’d the “Sleepwalker” post go?

    Was Doreen’s birthday on October 28. She would’ve been 77. 🙂

  4. November 1, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Maya, Just for you, I restored the “Sleepwalker” post.

    I was beginning to think I sounded like too much of a Doña, ordering room service lengua with mushrooms and all. But it is my own very little paean to a FANTASTIC teacher, Doreen.

    And thank you also for telling me about Doreen’s birthday. It’s going straight on my calendar. You know my grandfather, the man who built the Balay Daku — his birthday is Oct. 21. I have to think of a way to commemmorate these two extraordinary people …

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