Wednesday, March 16, 2011
YOU ARE SO MUCH STRONGER THAN ME AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT
…I have a new things:
--An interview and five flash stories: "The Stranger," "The Things I Do For Love," "The Hidden Cost," "Have You Seen Me?" and "What Happened To All The Readers" at Connotation Press.
--"Tin" at The Literary Burlesque.
--"Triplets" @ 52/250 A Year of Flash
--And "Waterbed," which won the Flashfire 500 Contest. I'm very humbled and thrilled by this. "Waterbed" has always been a favorite of mine.
All of these are always here under "Words In Print."
...I was in NY for a few days. Got to see the incredible Rae Bryant read at The Cell, along with Robb Todd and John Gorman. Watching Rae read taught me a lot about cadence and control when it comes to putting one's words out to an audience. O. Henry Award winner, Karen Heuler hosts the monthly readings. It's a great space and there was a terrific turnout.
I also got to have some killer guacamole with some writers and the fabulous Lisa Marie Basile, who is a remarkably sharp writer, as well as publisher of Patasola Press.
...New York has to be the greatest city in the world. Manhattan alone is mind boggling. More than once I sort of shook my head trying to fathom how the place could even function with such a mass of people everywhere. Soho is changing. I'm not sure that I like that--the bland, generic creep of mall stores like Old Navy, Banana Republic and whatnot--but it'll just (hopefully) cause the lesser-known, hip stores and boutiques to find other locations like Nolita or the Meat Packing District.
...Pete the Eagle just flew by my window, no more than five feet away. He looks so focused on what he's doing, totally indifferent to what the world might think of him. I hope to have his powers of concentration today as I go about getting caught up on things after having been away.
...Here are some random things I like this Wednesday:
--"I want to assure you with all earnestness that no writing is a waste of time--no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work. With every sentence you write, you have learned something. It has done you good. It has stretched your understanding." Brenda Ueland
--"In the olden days, one of the intrinsic rewards for writing the sonnet was that then the nobleman knew and understood his own feelings better, and he knew more about what love was, what part of his feelings were bogus (literary) and what real, and what a beautiful thing the Italian or English language was." Brenda Ueland
--"I wish to do nothing for profit. I wish to live for art. I want nothing whatever. I am quite happy." William Blake
--"I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep." George Best
--"I was coming home from kindergarten--well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It's good for a kid to know how to make gloves." Ellen DeGeneres
--"Life is just one damned thing after another." Elbert Hubbard