Weekend Round-up

Here’s Kipper showing why it’s so easy to find excuses not to write. Good intentions often get trumped by someone who really wants attention right now and will sit on your pad of paper to make sure he gets it. One of the things I was trying to do on that paper was try out…

Meme: The Ten Books That Most Influenced Me

Via Patti Abbot’s blog (and a bunch of others) AKA a swift post as I rush through last minute things: Alice in Wonderland: the book of my life, the set me up for a lifetime of absurdity and nonsense — and wonder; Mary Poppins: ditto — the books have little to do with the wretchedly…

BitchBuzz: Hoax News

My latest BitchBuzz column manages to slip in a Fast Show reference before turning to its topic of the lack of critical reading skills by seemingly everyone on the ‘net. Part of the phenomenon comes from the universal lack of time and also the ease of forwarding what looks like an interesting/amusing/incendiary headline without actually…

Owl Stretching

Pop over to Radio Wombat, the podcast blog, for the latest reading: Owl Stretching. It’s a snippet from the novel I’m revising at present. The name may or may not stay: Python fans will probably recognize it, but most people will find it obscure. It does have a purpose, but I’m guessing most publishers would…

Trubba Not

In a tweet last night I used the word “trufax” and was pleasantly surprised to get a response of “trubba not” from a fellow tweeter, someone I know only from the internet, but who has proved to have a wealth of overlapping interests with me, including studying hagiography in grad school. When you find someone…

Figuring things out

I’ve been skimming through Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. In the midst of the chapter “The Trouble with Geniuses, Part 2” suddenly so much seems plain, particularly when I look at the way people behave in academia. Despite all my years spent in that realm, I retain an uneasy feeling of having one foot in and one…

Devil’s Night (almost!)

Two things: on Thursday, the actual Devil’s Night, we’ll be taking part in a reading on campus sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta. Many spooky stories and poems will be featured as well as costumes and general spookiness. If you’re in the neighborhood drop by Standish Room 1 in the Student Activity Center around 7pm. Also,…

Upcoming Reading

The lovely Robyn Ringler has asked me to read at her store, East Line Books, on October 18th. I’ll be there from about 1-4 pm and reading at 2pm. If all goes well, this will be the launch of Unikirja, the long awaited (by me anyway) collection of short stories based on Finnish folklore and…

Sales

Alerted by email to the 40% off sale at the soon-to-be-closed local Borders, we headed over to see what remained — and given the emptying of boxes last night — what would be worth acquiring. I had one thing in mind, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which I had been meaning to get for some…

Time for Fresh Ink

Yes, yes — finished the novel last night. Huzzah and trumpet’s blat. Sure, it’s only a first draft, but that’s the hard part. Revision is a puzzle with parameters set; one needs only patience. The first draft requires using both hands to dig in the grey matter, squish the stuff through your fingers, poke around…