I spent my Thanksgiving holiday bouncing between family members’ homes and being met with gobs of good food and laughter at each place. The weather was chill and we shivered in our California-level sweaters (i.e., too thin) and enjoyed watching out breaths puffing into the air. They were some lovely and mostly restful days.
Of the many things I’m grateful for in my life, I find myself reallyÂ blessed by words at the moment. It’s been a great year so far in terms of my writing life, due in part to the inspiring work of my many writing friends, to collaborative work with Laura Madeline Wiseman, and to the Brainery Workshop. I’ve probably written more consistently and more profusely this year, as well as having submitted more work for publication, than I probably ever have in the past. I’ll probably expand on this in an end of the year post.
What Iâ€™m Reading
Still working on bothÂ Rough Magick, a collection of short stories edited by Jessa Marie Mendez and Francesca Lia Block, and My Life Before Me by Norah McClintock.
What Iâ€™m Writing
See Brainery Workshop below.
Goals for the Week:
- Edit two more stories for class.
Brainery Workshop â€“ Science Fiction Fairy Tales â€“ Week Ten
Last week’s topic discussion for Brainery Science Fiction Fairy Tales workshop group looked at the “Hansel and Gretel” and synesthesia and empathy disorders. I was particularly interested in an articleÂ about a young woman whoÂ has a form of synesthesia related to machinery,Â which I incorporated into a story about an smart house that welcomes runaways Hansel and Gretel inside but does not wish to let them go again.
Last week ended the writing of original drafts for the Brainery Worshop and now we’re on to a stage of finishing and editing and putting together a short portfolio of our word. I already have one done, called “How Bluebeard Ends,” and I am starting work on my Sleeping Beauty and Iron Henry pieces. If I finish those with enough time to spare, then I’ll try to put one of the others together.
Where I’ll Be
On December 3, from 9-midnight at Iguannas in San Jose, I’ll be one of many ladies featuring at the Cito.Fame.Us Queens of the Bay mic and birthday party for the amazing host Lindsey Leong.
- The Birth And Death Of Privacy: 3,000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images reveals how privacy as we know it is only 150 years old.