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#LookitThis: Memorial Day 2016 Edition

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Figure 1. Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises. No reason.

 

A brief guide to everything that I am…

Listening To

“I Am Stretched On Your Grave” by Sinead O’Connor

Reading

The Irish Famine: An Illustrated History by Helen Litton
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski – I am rereading each book now that the series is complete. So absolutely beautiful! Gonna be banging on about these stories for a while, yall.

Watching

Penny Dreadful, Season 3: Where is this going? Why am I so beguiled? Just when I want to fast-forward through the scenes with The Creature, then he plays other roles? Oh, Show.

Wondering About

– Fungus. It’s kind of a strange part of the biological world, don’t you think? Also, it’s raining here a lot so there’s all sorts of bizarre things popping up in nature.

Emotional Labor. Mainly because of this link from the Another Round podcast newsletter. I’m suddenly conscious of all of this kind of labor I’ve done – or been expected to do, or feel guilty about not doing – in my life.

If you feel like it, let me know what you’re reading/watching/listening to/wondering about, too. I’m always up for knowing about what’s good in your world…

 

 

 

#LookitThis: Monday, February 29, 2016

 

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Figure 1. This is Tom Hardy…and I can’t remember the point I was going to make…

A brief guide to everything that I am…

Listening To

“Fire Away” by Chris Stapleton

Reading

“The Single American Woman” by Rebecca Traister
Bad Houses by Sara Ryan & Carla Speed McNeil
“The Pros & Cons of Having An Herbal Abortion” by Gabby Bess

Watching

(Nothing much. You know how it is when you’re watching a show with your partner and it takes scheduling to get you both in the same room, at the same time…)

Wondering About

– Adoption/Transracial adoption. It’s on my mind after reading Shannon Gibney‘s masterful See No Color. I’m wondering about how open adoptions work out for families, because I recall reading that Dan Savage and his partner have an open adoption situation with their son. When did open adoption become “a thing?” Who made that happen?

I’m also interested in reading more narratives about transracial adoptees from Korea; Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen has spoken and written about this specifically and I want to do some more reading about the history of Americans adopting children from Korea.

If you feel like it, let me know what you’re reading/watching/listening to/wondering about, too. I’m always up for knowing about what’s good in your world…


And now: a very special message for readers who are interested in sex stuff!

Everyone else: Class Dismissed!

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              Figure 2. Ahem.

 

CHECK YOUR HEAD, LADIES!

The entire month of February we celebrated our Second Annual Write LadyHead Right Flash Fiction Event.

Our last story of the month is by Christa Desir and you can read it here.

The origin story of this event is described here, and you can read all of the 2016 stories here.

The enthusiasm for this event was very delightful to me! Thank you to all the writers who participated and all the readers who reblogged, retweeted, liked or otherwise passed around the stories. We’ll open next February for submissions, but will keep the Tumblr up for year-round enjoyment.

 

 

#LookitThis: Monday, February 22, 2016

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Figure 1. George Emerson, feeling satisfied in a wheat field surrounded by poppies

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately for a few  reasons:

1. lazy
2. writing books
3. writing stuff here and podcasting here
4. don’t have anything that interesting to say, personally

Probably #4 is the reason for this post. Right now I’m consuming a lot of stuff. It’s all enjoyable and I have no idea what purpose any of it might serve. So I decided to toss out a quick list every so often on a Monday of what I’m dipping into, in case you might also be interested.

Reading

Bamboo Among The Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans / Mai Neng Moua, editor – a look into a culture that’s been a part of Minnesota for the last 4 decades, as well as writing on living as a first-generation immigrant, which are both areas of personal interest for me
“Putin’s Dragon” by Joshua Yaffa, in The New Yorker – I dunno, I’m just interested in Russia and former Soviet republics for some reason

Watching

The Expanse on SyFy: Whoa. This is really absorbing, in a Star Trek: TNG + Battlestar Galactica way. Plus, Chad Coleman!
The 100 on Netflix: Whoa. This is not very good in terms of craft and world-building. But I’m gonna power through in a this-is-fun-why-the-hell-not-join-in-the-commentary way.

Listening

“Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging”: On Being podcast with john a. powell
“Online Reflections of Our Offline Worlds”: On Being podcast with Danah Boyd

Wondering About

– still thinking about The Narcotic Farm of Lexington, Kentucky and what it would have been like to grow up around there; the argot of heroin addicts in the 50’s and 60’s as written in The Fantastic Lodge
– the concept of community, and how its denotation differs from generally accepted connotations; looking for sociological books on the topic of community and how we define it

If you feel like it, let me know what you’re reading/watching/listening to/wondering about, too. I’m always up for knowing about what’s good in your world…