Obsessed. Love this song.
There is a whole sub-genre of music videos called “walking away from a car wreck (our love).”
A new Andrew Bird track, featuring my girl, Fiona Apple.
Guys, I got my hair cut today. This wouldn’t be such a deal if it hadn’t been almost six months from my last haircut, and if I didn’t look so much like a witch of late. But now my hair is soft and swingy and pretty and I’m no longer fantasizing about hacking if off with a knife and stuffing it into a little doll of myself that I give to the first person I see on the street, yelling to them, “take it take it stuff it with pins!” See? Better.
Things I’ve been up to — oh, I’ve applied to ever so many grants, local, national, all of them. Ok, three. But it was a lot of work and I’m thanking past Becky for that because present Becky is giving the very idea side-eye.
I’ve been working on submitting work too, which is hard because I don’t have as much work as I’d like to send out. Which means I need to write more. Balancing a new job with creative output will be something for me to work on in the coming year, I see.
But, I got some pretty amazing news yesterday. The kind of news that warrants this:
(I did look for a cover, since my blog’s been a little Queen heavy lately, but it turns out no one does this song justice but them)
BUT I’m not going to tell you the news yet because SECRETS (no, it’s not a book). So stay tuned. You’ll know more in…ok, I don’t know. Months. Many or few. In the meantime, just drink in Freddie Mercury’s amazing outfit.
I’m incredibly proud to say that I’ve got a poem out in the latest issue of Poetry! Check out “The Good in the Evil World” in the March 2016 issue.
A lot has been going on! Did I tell you we lived in Illinois now? We live in Illinois, in a Chicago suburb actually. It’s hard to believe but we’re actually living in one of those towns that end up on all the 100 best places to live lists. And so far? It’s pretty great. Summer here was gorgeous and fairy tale like. Now it’s winter and everything is white and sparkling. The slightly less beautiful part is that I have to shovel the drive and sidewalk on the morning.
Normally Mark takes care of those things, but he’s just had surgery and isn’t allowed to lift anything for six months. Having your partner have surgery is a great way to learn about just how much they do. You’ll definitely appreciate them afterward. On the plus side, I’m getting extra buff doing all these additional chores. 😉
I’ve been hard at work on The Manifesto Project with Alan Michael Parker. We’re deep in the nitty gritty of permissions and wrangling. It’s a lot but the end is near, I know it. This summer The University of Akron Press was cut by the University, and a number of authors and myself did everything we could to raise a ruckus about how wrong that was. You can read about that process here, in an article by Phillip Metres. It was a lot of work (I actually talked to the school administration on the phone more than once, which if you know anything about me, strangers, and phones, was a huge deal!), and exhausting and stressful, but of course even more so for the staff whose jobs were cut. It was incredible to see actual change come about through action.
I’ve got a new manuscript that I’m just starting to try sending out, which is a different kind of bravery for me. I think it’s good, and I hope someone else will think so too.
I’ve got some poems coming out too — Poetry took “The Good in the Evil World,” a new online mag called 45th Parallel took some work, as well as 32 Poems, and Upstreet. I’ll let you know more about those when they appear! I got nominated for a Pushcart, so fingers crossed. 😉