NaNoWriMo!!!

For those of you who don’t know: November is National Novel Writing Month. What does that mean? That means that I (and many many others) will be spending the month attached to my pan and notepad attempting to write a 50,000 word (175ish page) novel in 30 days. That’s about 1667 words per day. Right now it’s day 3 and I’ve written about 6,500 words so far. That means I’m over 1,000 words ahead of the curve. I’m hoping to keep ahead so that I can skip a day if it becomes absolutely necessary.

I’m giving you the link to the NaNoWriMo website. Bear in mind it is running very slowly due to the amount of people trying to log on at any given time:

NaNoWriMo

Published in: on November 4, 2008 at 1:52 am  Comments (2)  

This Isn’t A Real Post

But I found something I just had to share with everyone who reads this:

The Sentences of Sarah Palin, Diagrammed.

This article is absolutely brilliant. I think that Sarah Palin is particularly challenged, but I will admit that most people’s speech would produce rather inelegant sentence diagrams. That said, sentence diagramming could become a fabulous political weapon. I mean, most people want their politicians to speak clearly, right? Think about it: legions of grammarians with their sentence diagrams marching on the White House in protest of the unclear speech of modern US presidential candidates. How awesome would that be?

Published in: on October 7, 2008 at 12:03 am  Comments (2)  

Fan Mail

We just got a letter from someone who read about Rezra in Trans(in)formation (2nd edition) by Kelly Shortandqueer. I’m excited because this is the first person who doesn’t know us on a personal level who cares about the zine! Reading his letter has inspired Ren and I to put our noses back to the grindstone and our pens/pencils/glue/scissors/xerox machine back to the zine-making.

And for those of you who are curious: Trans(in)formation is a directory of zines written by trans/genderqueer zinesters and/or zines with trans/genderqueer content. Its current incarnation was published in May 2008. If you are interested getting a copy of Trans(in)formation ($2), you can contact Kelly Shortandqueer at shortandqueer@yahoo.com or PO Box 13559, Denver CO 80201or you can go to Kelly’s website.

Published in: on September 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Writing and Publishing

Publishing is the scary, daunting part of writing. It’s sort of like college, in that you freak out over applying and hope with all your might that you get accepted. Then once you are accepted it’s not as cool as you expected since you aren’t one of the big names on campus. Since the acceptance process is grueling and I’m certainly not a big name, I’ve decided to put publishing out of mind for a while to focus on writing without the pressure. With that (and a few other things) in mind, I now have a daily schedule that includes an hour of writing time. I’m making a rule for myself that, at bare minimum, I HAVE to write for the entire hour – even if it’s pure drivel. Wish me luck!

Published in: on September 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm  Comments (4)  

Boston Zine Fair

The Boston Zine Fair is happening on September 20th-21st at the Art Institute of Boston (601 Newbury Street – near Kenmore Square).  I have to work that weekend so I won’t be there.  However, Rezra will be because Ren agreed to man the table by himself.  If you’re in the area you should check out the zine fair and pick up a copy of Rezra.

Published in: on August 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm  Comments (2)  

I’m Back!!!

A lot of stuff has happened since my last post. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had any time to post in here. I’m not going to give a full update on my life, but I will share the most important news. Ren and I are engaged! How did it happen, you ask?

Well, we were in Rockport, MA sitting on a big rock eating pizza and talking about the litter and how fucked up it was that people are destroying the world and ways we could be more eco-friendly. The area was full of tourists – there was even a man playing the accordion for tips. Then the sun started setting but there were clouds in front of it. I expressed disappointment about the lack of sunset so Ren said “I think I know something that will make it better. Will you marry me?” and he whipped out a cute but hilarious cupcake-frosting-pink pinkey-finger ring (the real ring was delayed due to the construction on our street). I was too shocked to respond. Instead I started laughing and crying at the same time and then we started kissing. We were instantly interrupted by an old man yelling “Get a room!” He was countered by another old man who yelled back “Leave ’em alone! They’re happy!” so he turned away disgustedly, mumbling something about fags. After a few minutes, Ren said “Was that a yes?” and I realized I hadn’t actually accepted the proposal. Whoops! So I accepted and we hugged again and decided to head home so we wouldn’t scandalize the homophobes.

Published in: on August 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm  Comments (2)  

Writing Group

My friend Meg is starting up a writing group.  The first meeting is next Thursday at 8:00pm at Diesel Cafe in Somerville, MA.  So far only three of us but I’m excited since I don’t know many other writers and the ones that I do are mostly located far away from me (Paris, Madrid, Montpelier, New York City).  I haven’t met the other girl yet but Meg is delightful and a wonderful poet who I’d love to spend time exchanging ideas with.  Having new people look at my work might be inspiring.  Besides, I need to get out more – I’m much too introverted for my own good.

Published in: on June 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm  Comments (3)  

My Workspace

It has occurred to me that I haven’t posted here in a LONG time. Since I don’t have many updates to give about my writing (it’s going slowly and the rejections keep coming) I’ve decided to post a picture of my writing space:

My Workspace

I took this picture right after cleaning off my workspace.  It usually doesn’t look that pristine. That lace thing on the right-hand side of the picture is a window with a view of a tiny bit of lawn, a stone wall, and our neighbor’s house. The “Someday They’ll Be Sorry” wall is a collage of all of the rejection letters I’ve received. I’m beginning to think making that collage was a stroke of brilliance because posting my rejections has become a very cathartic action for me. It’s almost exciting to see so many up there because it’s proof that I’m a real writer (only real writers get rejection letters, right?). The bulletin board contains important notices, online passwords, business cards, and random fun things like a fake rose from my friend Kim and the hot pink bracelet one of the kids at work made for me. The poster above the bulletin board is the Ten Commandments. The computer is my dad’s old computer that he gave to us for free when he upgraded. The speakers, mouse and printer are all Ren’s. You can’t see under the desk but there are two file boxes – one for my writing and one for everything else I need to file. The rest of the room is Ren’s art studio so it’s filled floor-to-ceiling with his works-in-progress:

Corner

Published in: on June 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm  Comments (3)  

Success!

I got published!!!

Or rather, I will be published as of July/August by Agenda Poetry (http://www.agendapoetry.co.uk/). I just got an email from the editor accepting two of my poems (Ghost and Ocean) for their online broadsheet for younger poets and artists. Hoorah!

I’m extra-excited about this because Ocean is one of the poems I was pretty much convinced I wouldn’t get published. It’s a 3-page poem and long poems aren’t very popular right now. Also, when I was editing my Senior Project, Carolyn Forché told me she disliked the formatting of the piece as a whole. I disagreed with her and kept my formatting as is, but I’ve been a little nervous about it since then.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm  Comments (12)  

Post Office Problems

The U.S. Post Office has decided to increase the pricing on its stamps: http://www.usps.com/prices/

This makes me extremely unhappy. Why? Because I’m nervous that all of the SASEs that I sent out will no longer work since the postage will be wrong! I’m scared that I might not hear back from the journals I sent poems out to, since the postage I put on the stamps will no longer be sufficient for them to mail back their replies. What I don’t get this: Why doesn’t the Post Office make all of their stamps “Forever” stamps (the kind that carry over during the price increases)? It’s not like they’re getting a bigger profit on those stamps – they cost the same amount as regular stamps. It makes no sense to me. But the bigger issue is this: because of a one penny increase in stamp prices I might not hear back about my poems. Not cool. Not cool at all.

Published in: on May 1, 2008 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment