Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Cinco De Mayo!
Hope everyone is having a great Cinco de Mayo, a holiday I associate with the excess of tequila and acting the fool. Because I have given up the demon tequila for the most part, I spent my day finishing a new story, a short four page piece titled "Here Comes The Sun." I'm going to let it sit for a bit before deciding what to do with it, but I'm glad to have done some fiction again given that I've spent the better part of the last two years on nonfiction. It's the first genre that I really stuck to despite having absolutely no talent for it. But I love reading short story collections and have a special fondness for the short story in general, despite the difficulty of selling them for anything resembling a decent amount of money.
Everyone has places they return to again and again, that give them hope and make them feel better about themselves. For me, it's the used bookstore, as much a sanctuary as anything in this world. All that effort contained in the walls! All those people sitting and wishing and hoping that their stories see the light of day. I read a book recently by a new mother that said that she realized how much time she'd wasted reading and watching other people's stories. I can't imagine feeling that way. I think of those writers alone in their rooms, feel a kinship with them, a way of being in the world.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Sometimes I get a little manic and you can't stop me. I'm all over the place. I have fun." Dom DeLuise
Drinking dvd suggestion: The Reader (Warning -- you will see a lot of Kate Winslett in this movie which is great, but it is terribly sad so if you're feeling depressed, save it for a night on which you aren't depressed, but kind of want to be.)
Benedictions and Maledictions