Witness: The Trans/lation Issue (Spring 2015)

Where is self? She is here, right here:

Witness: The Trans/lation Issue, Launched at the AWP Book Fair in Minneapolis, April 2015

Witness: The Trans/lation Issue, Launched at the AWP Book Fair in Minneapolis, April 2015

This issue of Witness features writing from around the world. And self is more than proud to be in the same issue as:

  • Dario Belleza (translated from the Italian by Peter Covino)
  • Arthur Rimbaud (translated from the French by Donald Revell)
  • Hossein M. Abkenar (translated from the Persian by Sara Khalili)
  • Christos Chartomatsidis (translated from the Bulgarian by Velina Minkoff, Rayna Rossenova, and Borislava Velkova)
  • Moniru Ravanipour (translated from the Persian by Shirindokht Nourmanesh and Moniru Ravanipour)
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard (translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett)
YAY! Self made it! She is here!

YAY! Self made it! She is here!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Quoting from the Authors Guild Bulletin, Spring 2015

Oh the sheer joy of being surrounded by writers and an auditorium’s worth of books at the AWP Book Fair in Minneapolis.

One of the tables she visited today was the Authors Guild. Self is contemplating becoming a member.

She’s currently reading a copy of their latest Bulletin, which features an interview with Mary Rosenberger, Authors Guild’s new Executive Director.

Here’s her take on copyright and the digital world:

  • With new technologies, the means by which books are disseminated and read may change over time, and publishers may come and go, but you can’t have books without authors.
  • People like to read and, even with all the competing media, they will continue to read . . . Regardless of format . . . the need for professional writers isn’t going to disappear.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Afloat 2: Swans and Other Waterfowl, Ireland 2014

Still in Minneapolis! The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day. Here’s my second set of posts on the WordPress Photo Challenge this week, AFLOAT.

Self was in Ireland in May and June 2014. Until that time, her knowledge of swans was entirely derived from the fairy tales she read as a child. But in Ireland, swans were everywhere, even in Dublin. The first picture was taken when self was on the road to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. That day (in May) was blustery and cold. A single swan powered itself across a choppy lake. And did it amazingly fast.

The next two pictures were taken in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

A Swan Powers Across an Irish Lake, Seen on the Way to Annaghmakerrig

A Swan Powers Across an Irish Lake, Seen on the Way to Annaghmakerrig

St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

More of St. Stephen's Green

More of St. Stephen’s Green

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Bluestem, Spring 2015

Yay, Bluestem! They launched the spring issue at AWP 2015!

Here is the lovely Poetry Editor, Charlotte Pence, holding up a copy of the issue.

Self’s story of climate change, “The Freeze,” is in this issue. She just picked up her author’s copy today.

Exciting!

Charlotte Pence, Poetry Editor of Bluestem. Her poetry collection, MANY SMALL FIRES, was just published by Europa Press.

Charlotte Pence, Poetry Editor of Bluestem. Her poetry collection, MANY SMALL FIRES, was just published by Europa Press.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Looking at storySouth

storySouth is one of those on-line e-zines that published one of my stories (a long one) several years ago, and that I’ve continued to read with delight.

Here’s an excerpt from the story by James Pate, In the Desert:

The next afternoon, I started cooking. I had been laid off from the Catholic high school where I’d been teaching music for spitting in the face of one of the richboy students after he had made a snide remark about my weight in the school parking lot. Since then, I was the one who cleaned and cooked and did the shopping. I didn’t mind — cooking had been a big thing with me since I was a kid, when my mom had taught me the recipes she remembered from growing up in South Carolina — but it was starting to get irritating when Ruthie came home. She would be all awake and talkative from working at the cafe she was part owner of in the Pinch District.

And a soliloquy:

The nearest other house was a forty-minute walk and you couldn’t see it from my place — not even when it was bright outside. So at night, it would really begin to feel as if you were the last person on earth. I think if I’d been living alone out there the entire time, I’d have gone crazy.

Love the scenes in this story, the characters are so well-drawn and the dialogue is so smart.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Blur 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

A throwaway shot, or purposely unfocused? This week, find beauty in a blur.

—  The Daily Post Photo Challenge

Driving to Elk with Joel and Bunny:  January 2015

Driving to Elk with Joel and Bunny: January 2015. Bunny was at the wheel.

Self's apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Self’s apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Winter Afternoon, Self's Apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Winter Afternoon, Self’s Apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Two of Self’s Flash Were Published This Month (April 2015)

“The Ark” is in the Spring 2015 of Local Nomad, an e-zine edited by poet Jean Gier.

“I Am Cyclops” is in the inaugural issue of Nimbus Cat, edited by novelist (and writing group member) Lillian Howan.

Both are speculative fiction.

2666, and The Small Magazines That Deserve Your Attention

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At this point, self has to be realistic.  She has to own up to the fact that she will probably never get to p. 800 of Robert Bolaño’s masterwork. She’s been reading it for almost three months and has only gotten to p. 248. It is hardback, it is heavy. She borrowed it from the Redwood City Public Library ages and ages ago. It’s only the fourth book she’s read this year. For a while she was doing really well. January, in fact, was great.

Don’t get her wrong. Self loves Bolaño. She tore through The Savage Detectives in Bacolod, a few years ago. It made her go all elegiac over the Daku Balay (the Big House, you can see those posts if you enter the search item “Bacolod”). She did some of her best writing ever after reading that book.

Now, alas, the only discernible writing she’s produced since the start of the year is: one short story. (Nothing doing, she’s also written 40 chapters of fan fiction). Why why why?

This was supposed to be “her” year. The year she gets to:  Mendocino, Minneapolis, The Banff Writers Studio, and etc etc etc etc

Today, the writer Jill Widner gave her a shout-out after reading self’s story in the spring issue of Witness. Self did not know that Jill subscribed. Jill said that self’s story reminded her of something she had read in Ploughshares. Which was a compliment so vast it produced in self all kinds of feelz.

And further, today, self heard from Lillian Howan, a member of self’s San Francisco writers group. Lillian is editing a new magazine called Nimbus Cat. Nimbus Cat accepted a piece of hers for their inaugural issue, and it just so happened to come out today.

It is a tough and generous undertaking to start your own literary magazine. Lillian is a woman of many hats: mother, novelist, awesome friend. That she chooses to launch this venture is sheer crazy! But self means crazy in a “I-can’t-believe-how-awesome-and-generous-you-are” way.

Here are two other magazines that are small yet bountiful. Local Nomad is helmed by Jean Gier, who launched the Spring 2015 issue while negotiating a hectic move to Santa Cruz. Don’t ask self how.

And Elsewhere Lit is helmed by fabulous Nandini Dhar out of Miami, Florida. She teaches full-time, she just put out her chapbook, Lullabies are Barbed Wire Nations (exquisite), and yet she co-edits this magazine.

Let’s give these courageous women a big, big hand.

Finally, a magazine that has a big piece of her heart: Your Impossible Voice. Which just came out with Issue # 7. And has been doing more copies in print, which have been selling briskly.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Stanford Creative Writing: How Self Came To Be

Self is thinking this more and more: how different her life would have been if she hadn’t taken that summer creative writing class from John L’Heureux, who was the Director of the Stanford Creative Writing Program back then.

He told self she should try applying, and since she didn’t have anything better to do (BWAH. HA. HA), she did. And lo and behold, she got a fellowship.

That’s how she met Penny Jackson, Beth Coryell Alvarado, Ehud Havazelet, and Jeffrey Eugenides.

Now, she’s checking out the Stanford Creative Writing Program website, which she only does about twice a year. She discovers that the Program’s been at Stanford “for more than 50 years,” and that it was founded by Wallace Stegner in 1946.

Well, I’ll be darned.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ephemera 3: The Trips Self Takes

The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is EPHEMERAL

“So looking forward to seeing the fleeting moments you’ll capture.”

Here are a few from self’s trip to the East Coast, a few weeks ago. As dear blog readers can see from these pictures, when self is on the move, she can’t be bothered with such things as alignment.

Taking the Bolt Bus from Boston Into Manhattan, mid-March

Taking the Bolt Bus from Boston Into Manhattan, mid-March 2015

Landscapes Still Blighted With Winter

Landscapes Still Blighted With Winter, March 2015

The occasion for self’s trip east was the performance, by the Symphony New Hampshire, of Drew Hemenger’s The Marife Suite, which was based on a novella self wrote, Marife.

New Hampshire was cold and wet, the night of the performance, on March 14.

Drew's brother drove us to the concert. This is what New Hampshire looked like that night, seen through the car windows.

Drew’s brother drove us to the concert. This is what New Hampshire looked like that night, seen through the car windows.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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