Author Photos, and Other Matters of Great Importance

Self received a message from Anvil Press of the Philippines, who published her third collection in 2009 (Don’t worry; you’ve never heard of it):  They owe her royalties of 3,000 pesos (about $73)

Whoopie!!!  Her first set of Anvil royalties!  She feels so, so validated!!!

She also heard, via La Hagedorn, that Anvil is putting out a Philippine edition of Manila Noir, just out Read the rest of this entry »

Recommendations, Last Saturday of May 2013

Frances Ha (directed by Noah Baumbach, and co-written by him and the actress Greta Gerwig) is a very beguiling movie.

It’s in black and white, which lends an almost documentary feel to it.

The heroine is clumsy, somewhat of a dork.  The scene where she gets an IRS refund check then immediately decides to treat a friend (who is actually 10x richer than she.  Seriously) out to dinner?  Classic.  The poor girl has to run to an ATM since the restaurant had a problem with her credit card.  She ran a really long way, and fell down.  When she got back to the restaurant, the guy, so sweet, said:  “Who do you know in Switzerland?” or “Did you have to go to Switzerland?” Ha. Ha. Ha.  Then, his next line:  “Why are you bleeding?”  “Oh,” poor Frances says.  “I’m bleeding?  Where?”

The girl is huge and ungainly (somewhat like Brienne of Tarth), but dreams of becoming a dancer.  It’s not happening.  Yet you root for her, all the way.

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Alimentum, self loves you.  Why?  Not only are you rich in imagery and full of (meaty) content, self discovered this evening that her story “Cake” (which appeared a long time ago:  which is to say, last year) is featured on a sidebar in the Fiction section.  Yes!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Discoveries, Last Saturday of May 2013

It makes self sad to write the above.  Indeed, it is the last Saturday of May 2013 she will ever live through.  Then May will turn into June, and before you know it, July will be here (though she loves July.  And not just because it’s her birthday month!)  Before you know it, it will be Christmas again.  And those silly Christmas doo-dads she pasted on her dining room windows, and has been too lazy or too distracted to take down?  She’ll just leave them on, so that when Christmas comes, there will be no more of this hunting around for them in the garage!

Self has discovered a new Kindred Spirit Blogger!  She’s not sure how she stumbled on this site, but she must have added it to her Bookmarks after she got back from Venice.

Tonight, she was browsing through it and thought:  Hmm, it’s been a while since self blogged about another blogger.  Let’s just say, she was very moved by the series of sunset pictures on this blog.  They reminded her of the picture that Philippine Genre Stories used to illustrate her story “The Departure,” which was the very first story of that webzine, and which she’s been reading regularly ever since.  It was fun to see it on the site, and a few months ago she discovered that Ellen Datlow (Who is Ellen Datlow, you may ask?  Don’t blame you, self had to look her up:  She is the editor of Science Fiction Magazine) had given self’s story (and a couple of other ones by Filipino writers, one of whom was Kristine Ong Muslim, whose writing self likes very much) an Honorable Mention for Best Science Fiction 2011!

Just now, self wandered over to Kristine’s website and discovered that Kristine has “garnered multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize” and that “her short fiction and poetry were accepted in over five hundred anthologies, periodicals, and podcasts.”  Gadzooks!!!  Way to go, Kristine !!!

Later, self browsed for mentions of her own story, and found some other writer mention it in passing, saying it was “rather dark.”  To which self could only respond with a hearty


Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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