Reading Susan Kushner Resnick’s “The Heartbreak of Publicity: A Cautionary Tale”, in the November/December 2013 Poets & Writers (Clearly, self is way behind in reading magazines she’s been subscribing to for years and years). Read the rest of this entry »
NO to the following:
- stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory
- stories in which the words “thou” or “thine” appear
- talking cats
- talking swords
- stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
- stories where FTL travel is as easy as it is on television shows or movies
- time travel
- stories that depend on some vestigial belief in Judeo-Christian mythology in order to be frightening (i.e., Cain and Abel are vampires; the End Times are ‘a-comin'; Communion wine turns to Christ’s blood, literally; and it’s HIV positive; Satan’s gonna getcha, etc.)
- stories about rapists-murderers-cannibals
- stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING: a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING.
The sense of security more frequently springs from habit than from conviction, and for this reason it often subsists after such a change in the conditions as might have been expected to cause alarm.
Self just finished reading the Women’s Review of Books *(Vol. 30, No. 5: Sept/Oct 2013). Sigh. She is just so way behind in her catch-up reading of magazines and journals. Thank goodness she’s having a very quiet Christmas.
Here are two books she discovered from WRB:
- My Beloved World, a memoir by Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice (Knopf, $27.95)
- Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman
More books will probably be added to the list as self continues her inroads into the Humongous Pile of Stuff
Self doesn’t have her copy of Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power with her. Shucks! She’d love to get some guidance from it today.
Luckily, there are reader reviews on Amazon that are peppered with quotes.
Quotes such as:
- “The only means to get one’s end with people are force and cunning. Love, also, they say, but that is to wait for sunshine, and life needs every moment.”
- “So much depends on your reputation — guard it with your life.”
- “Always say less than necessary.”
- “Win through your actions, never through argument.”
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
Self reads People Magazine whenever she gets on a plane.
So, since she flew to LA several days ago, she of course has the current issue, the one with Katie Holmes on the cover.
Self hasn’t yet reached the Holmes article, but she’s just finished reading the one about J Lo, who has a new book out. The book includes details about her divorce from Marc Anthony.
Here’s an excerpt from the People article:
Part of loving yourself is about forgiving yourself — which is something I’ve always struggled with. Being ambitious, being a perfectionist, means I’ve spent my life beating myself up for not being good enough, or for screwing something up. It took a long time, but I finally figured out that I wouldn’t have half the instincts or insights I’ve had as an artist over the years if not for those screw-ups.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
Self has never signed up for NaNoWriMo (Also, she has never applied to UCross. Self’s just saying. Nothing against Wyoming. You know what? Right this very second, she’s going to apply for a residency to UCross!)
The New York Times Book Review she is reading is the one from Nov. 17, 2013 (Her pile of back-reading is HUMONGOUS! Simply HUMONGOUS!)
A little over a month ago, when self was cooling her heels in southern California, she looked over Fall course offerings for UCLA Extension and saw that there was a class offered on “Achieving Your NaNoWriMo Goal.” And she quickly contacted the Program Administrator to indicate that she wished to enroll. She was informed that the class was “on-site.” And ya know, that’s 10 weeks of weekly on-site meetings, and self can’t commit to being in one place for 10 weeks. Seriously! So she regretfully had to pass up taking the class.
Here’s an excerpt from the article on NaNoWriMo 2013 which was in the Nov. 17, 2013 NYTBR:
We’re now past the halfway point of National Novel Writing Month — or, as it’s inelegantly shortened online, NaNoWriMo — when aspiring authors aim to produce 50,000 words during November. More than 277,000 writers signed up for the sprint this year. Erin Morgenstern, whose best-selling novel The Night Circus originated as part of the exercise, once advised: “Don’t delete anything. Just keep writing. And if you don’t want to look at it, change the font to white.”
Excellent advise! How does one register for NaNoWriMo 2014?