Saturday, March 30, 2013




--DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME?


…Happy Easter Weekend.  What are your plans?
In a couple of hours there will be 30+ people here.  The sun is up, the sky is clear and already there are half a dozen boats on the lake.
These are the times when Seattle is at its best.

…The new GI Joe movie is out.  Why exactly do we need a new GI Joe movie?  I understand different people have different tastes, but GI Joe, really?

…I started reading “How To Get Filthy Rich In Asia” by Mohsin Hamid.  It’s an awful title, but works once you get into the novel.  Stylistically, I’ve never read anything like it.  It’s quite a feat to have that fresh of a voice in a world where we have millions of writers and have had tens of millions more.
I’ve read all his books, “Moth Smoke” being one of my favorite ever.

…Here are some thoughts to ponder:

“Wear your heart on your skin in this life.” Sylvia Plath

"Without love, all things wither." Cynthia Reeser

"A man is only as good as what he loves." Saul Bellow

"But at that moment, sitting there in front of his tidy desk, he was vaguely nagged by the memory of a poem he’d wanted to write that morning, and there was that other poem he hadn’t gotten back to. … What can be said for a man who chooses to blab on the phone all day, or else write stupid letters while he lets his poems go unattended and uncared for, abandoned – or worse, unattempted. This man doesn’t deserve poems and they shouldn’t be given to him in any form. His poems, should he ever produce any more, ought to be eaten by mice." Raymond Carver

"I would rather die of passion than boredom." Van Gogh

"And you learned that wherever you take your stand, your back is turned on something else." Sam Pink

"Poetry is a pheasant disappearing in the brush." - Wallace Stevens

"Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's hard to be mad at someone when you're right in the middle or fucking them." Kristen Young

"What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard
times bravely and cheerfully." Charles Cherbuliez

Thursday, March 28, 2013




--IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT I REMEMBER MOST


…Yesterday I finished two books almost simultaneously: “Why We Never Talk About Sugar,” by Aubrey Hirsch, and “I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It”, by Sam Pink.

Though they are of similar length, the two could not have been more different.

Hirsch’s stories are fully-formed capsules of broke-down relationships, heavy on narrative so that the reader is able to slip inside each character’s situation (plight, usually).  Hirsch seems to know a lot about a lot of things-from hardware stores to South Korean academics, to Cancer, MS, the atom bomb, and physics.  She knows a great deal about physics.

In all her pieces she lays her heart bare, but with truth and bravery, and sans melodramatics.  She writes with an uncommon authority on subject matters that are quite diverse (see above) and with such command that it makes the reader feel as if the author has lived dozens and dozens of different lives.

Some of these stories will break your heart, others will tug on it hard, but all of them will transport you the way the very best writing does.


…Pink’s writings, on the other hand, are like fists to the face.  On the back flap jacket, the publisher has aptly called this book “The Bible of Bad Feelings.”  If Radiohead’s song, “Creep” were a book, it would be this one.

Pink’s writing is cryptic, new-age psalms, mostly laced with bitter acrimony and self-loathing, or the loathing of others:

           - “There are too many emotions.  But I really only feel one, and it’s, “I would kiss you goodnight except I’m allergic to assholes.”
            -“And your opinion never bruises me, it tickles.”
            -“All my fingers are criminals.”
            -“Each new relationship is made of cotton and I am a bee that is on fire, lost and ready to land.”
            -“I’m so great it hurts.”
            -“I’m looking for someone to spend time with.  But I can’t afford too many hellos.”
            -“Sometimes you just have to relieve something of its surroundings for it to die.”
            -“You are everything you hide.”
            -“Whoever runs my brain is doing a shitty job.”
            -“I should take a picture of myself to make sure I am real today.  I should make sure.”

Sometimes these snippets go on rapid-fire, for pages and pages, like a Gatling gun spraying verbal bullets, but almost always hitting their mark.

It’s a book not for the faint of heart, a book not for those who like more traditional writing, but some of the phrasings are especially clever.  I know I did a lot of underlining.

And Pink is a master of coming up with intriguing titles, such as these:

“Today I Hope a Bus Accidentally Kills Me”
“I Am the Best Thing Ever Introduced to the Material World”
“Mannequins That Sweat Black Ink and Never Have Any Fun”
“I Envy the Moon Because It Never Has to Face the Day”
“Most People Are Not As Good As Me”
“Help Me”
“Selfish Asshole”
“Voluntary Death”
“Culture is Stupid”
“Tomorrow is on Fire and I Am Very Young”
“Genital Mutilation”
“I Am Going to Jump-Kick Your Face and Then Kiss It”
“I Don’t Know Anything or Care About Anything and I Should Probably Just Sit in a Folding Chair and Die”
“Ugandan Hooker”
“Hold Hands with Someone Who Hates You”
“I Would Feel Better on Earth without You Here”
“I Smash My Smile against Yours”
“I Am a Champion and You Are the Echo of My Last Breath”
“I Am a Lawnmower”
“I Love You, You Shithead”…
And so on…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013




--THE THING IS, I DON'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT YOU


 …How’s your week starting out?

…For some reason the post I put up yesterday disappeared into the internet ether.  That’s a tad frustrating, but it was probably something I did or didn’t do on my end.
I’m pretty sure it was the most interesting post in the history of blog posts.
Or maybe it wasn’t.

…So let’s just ponder a few of these things instead:


"Real life, life at last laid bare and illuminated--the only life in consequence which can be said to be really lived--is literature." Proust

-"Sometimes people have to find new ways to love each other."
-"I get lost in my own metaphors."
-"We spend so much energy being strong for each other that we can't talk anymore about things that make us weak."-- Aubrey Hirsch, "Why We Never Talk About Sugar"

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt Disney

"Male friendship isn't about the nagging wife.  It's about the nagging self."

"Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself." André Gide

"There are friends for all seasons.  They can also succeed.  The who do have a way of making us try harder."  Andrew O'Hagan

"I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve." Montaigne

"It's not that I'm afraid to die.  I just don’t want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen

"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly." Robert Schuller

"God made us family but Prozac made us friends." Ryan Meeks

Saturday, March 23, 2013





--I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT YOU


…Hey, Weekend, but aren’t you a pretty thing?  I think you are.

…The Hugo House event on Thursday was quite fun.  I got to Capital Hill early and ate at my favorite Asian place, “Boom” and sipped wine and people watched, which is an especially fun thing to do.
There are many, many interesting-looking people on Capital Hill.  If you’re not interesting-looking, you stand out as a fraud and foreigner.
Anyway, at the reading I got to hear and meet some fabulous female writers as it was Ladies Night.  Afterward, they opened it up for us males and I read and was probably the least nervous I’ve ever been.
I read something I’d written the day before.  I hope you like it.

                                                                 Reservations

            Nothing fell from the sky and no one got murdered.  Nothing even that remotely dramatic happened, yet, one Sunday, Aunt Ginny stopped leaving her house, and wouldn’t even open the door. 
            At first, it was just for a few days.  Then weeks.  Then months.  A year.  More…
            Aunt Ginny had been my favorite relative because she was the only woman I knew with green eyes.  They looked like lime Kool-Aid with butterscotch sprockets sunk down in her irises.  Even though I was a young boy, she liked to listen to anything I had to say, all of my preposterous  lies about exciting events that hadn’t really happened and could never really happen to a feckless, friendless, dullard such as me.
            But I was the one to fetch her groceries and dry cleaning.  I was the one who would visit and tell her what the world had done, even though she had the nightly news as a resource.
            I never asked her why she wouldn’t leave the house and I was not like the others who came with casseroles, inspirational quotes and Tony Robbins books, hoping these would conjure up enough latent confidence in Aunt Ginny to propel her off the porch, down the uneven paver stones of her front yard, toward the sidewalk and greater humanity. 
            But one day she brought up the subject.  “I’m going to die here.  Alone,” she said, and I told her that was impossible because I’d be by to visit.
            She tousled my hair and said, “It’s not like I’m afraid of anything.”
            I kept my face a blank slate.
            “You don’t believe me?”
            “Sure I do,” I said.
            “Awe, come here and give ol’ Aunt Gin a hug,” she said, holding out her arms which had flabby meat drooping down the backs of her biceps.
            I listened to her chest, as if it were a conch shell reprising sea sounds.  At first, her heart muscle thudded, something dull and echoey, like a lonesome cave where noises go to die.  Then there was nothing at all, just the end of things and the blunt finish of Aunt Gin.
            I’m married now.  There are kids, a dog, two turtles and a hamster named Getty Lee.  My existence is tidy and easily explained, like heart failure, glaucoma or why coffee is so important.
            I know I shouldn’t admit this, but I was in love with Aunt Ginny and I admired the hell out of her.  She’d carved out a humble sphere for herself, a radius of harmony, and that was all she needed.  Without telling me as much, Aunt Ginny understood that life can be fully-formed by imagination alone, and that everything else is ordinary, if not also second-rate.
            It’s Date Night Tuesday, a thing our counselor suggested as a means toward reconciliation.  The babysitter’s here and my wife is dolled-up and shiny as a seal, holding her phone with GPS directions to the new restaurant holding our reservation.
            When my wife asks me if I’m ready to go, I feel my legs hitch and steel themselves.  There’s a moment’s hesitation, but then I nod without saying a thing.
           

Thursday, March 21, 2013



--I CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU


…Is it bad that I forget what day it is?  More and more, I do that quite often.
But I just look and so I know it's Thursday.
I know tonight I will go to The Hugo House in Seattle and hear writers read and I will be one of those reading as well.
I know I'll be a little bit nervous even though that's kind of ridiculous, since I used to speak in front of very large groups, five to ten times larger than the size of the crowd which will be at The Hugo House.
Still, I will try not to be nervous and I will attempt to make eye contact and project and find a cadence that makes my writing sound fluid.
I will try to do all those things and later I'll let you know if I succeeded or not.

…Until then, here are some more Facebook quips/ditties/ruminations that peeked my interest, and maybe yours as well…

-They better let atheists in Heaven, or I'm screwed.

-Question: is there any point in getting old, besides the not-dying part?

-Wanted: extremely wealthy terminally ill literate adorable man over the age of 90 who needs a sweet brunette to read original stories to him, no sex, just reading and occasional pecks on the cheek. Marriage is possible. References upon request.

-Things I've learned over the weekend...I don't love jesus, I'm all for child abuse, I support all forms of violence against women, I hate kittens and puppies, and I don't love my own children. ALL THIS BECAUSE I DIDN'T REPOST. I guess reposting is the new "if you don't forward this email, your leg will fall off and a leprechaun will crap in your cereal."

-Smashing windows like there ain't no blowback.

-"Gay" man telling me how "hot" I am. And how my smile "cripples" him. I am too drunk to deal with this. And now the band is playing Freebird and I want to evaporate with someone.

-Just tried to include a message with a friend request, was offered choices that amounting to this: 'You're not connected to so-and-so on facebook, so your message will be delivered to their Other Box. Would you like it delivered to a Box Where They Might Actually See It for $1?'

-My girlfriend was answering the Jeopardy final question. I thought she said "Ice Cream and Methadone". What she really said was "Hunchback of Notre Dame". Time to get my hearing checked.

-last full day of winter. i celebrated with a beer and a burrito. well, two beers. i'll miss you, snowy. i'll miss you, wintry mix. tomorrow begins another life.

-I've discovered that some of my emotional problems are a result of too much love rather than too little.

-In my next life I am going to be a radical feminist, obsessed with root vegetables.
·         
-I have a cold. Need juice. And someone to sing Soft Kitty.

-Maybe it's normal to caress your gun on the sidewalk but it scared me.

-Him, glancing at a card on the dresser: Who is that? Christopher Robin?
Me: No, he's that guy from "A Clockwork Orange."
Him: Oh man. I hated that movie. I wish I'd never seen it.
Me: It's a great movie.
Him: No it isn't. It's perverted.
Pretty sure March is the cruelest month.

-Tell me about your day, sugar…

Tuesday, March 19, 2013




--YOU MAKE ME WANT TO ENJOY MY LIFE AGAIN

…I've been doing a lot of reading lately:
"Coronado" by Dennis Lehane
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Moshin Hamid
"Men In Groups" by Aaron Smith
"Shampoo Horns" by Aaron Teal
and "Ordinary People" by Judith Guest, my second time reading it in as many years.

…Last night I also finished "Moods" by Rachel Glaser.  It’s a slight book of prose poetry, or proseity.  Whatever it is, it’s also wonderful, imaginative, clever, ironic, confessional, and very fresh sounding.
I loved almost every little ditty.
To give you a good long sip, here are some samples:


from “Buying Money”

…I knew about money
That it piled exact and thin
It bundled in families and waited in suitcases
It could turn at any moment into a speed boat
Or a fat turkey
A dripping diamond
It wasn’t trash, though it smelled so old


from “Thanksgiving didn’t happen”

All I know is one thing:
Hairs really love to grow out of a mole
…people marry easy and it’s like playing Blackjack scared


from “Feminine in water”

She is lucky
She realizes
Many women only feel feminine in the water
Near dolphins
Or when a saxophone sweats and strains…

What is feminine?
A towel baked in the sun
A monument with carved hair
A wild animal’s cursive handwriting…


from “God is Popular”

The ocean is okay
But boats crowd I with their wakes
God can’t help but look at every bubble
It puts a strain on his eyes to watch small things
And fast thing
Cities, streets, fingernails
Dots on a die…
He cannot rub it
He is invisible
No one can help him.

And what about the music we made in cars
When no one was sitting shotgun
No one carrying the radio like a football…


from “Grand Variety”

My date has a CVS brand orgasm
And I buy a Nike one on my smartphone
I’m not an athlete but I like how it feels

My parents have a lot of Price Club orgasms
But I will never be like them…

But still, once in a while
I have a knock off Versace orgasm quietly in the trees….

How haggard I feel having a Land’s End orgasm
Though my breasts don’t know the difference.


from “Every time my pills fall, I feel very much like an addict”

I always thought if I shaved my head I would suddenly
Become adventurous
And have more friends
I’d be able to sculpt or at least be musical

I wouldn’t be afraid
I would look younger and more troubled
I’d crash at someone’s house or the would crash here
My hair would inch out and I’d have a choice


from “I’m dead”

The body inevitably misbehaves
But that’s how we bought it…


from “Your soul, barely”

You were sharp
No one could hug you without bleeding.
Your friends were with angels
And the angels got injured…


…And she has great titles, in addition to the ones mentioned above:
“Heroes are so long”
“Two girls can talk about boys and make it sound like a conversation”
“Best nose”
“I took a secret trip to have an affair”
“Sing radiohead like something has gone wrong”
“Incest is lazy”
“Me and you wait for Our Husband though he’s only so-so”
“I’m talking about Trent Reznor, saying he’s a Shakespearean tragic hero”
“The whale changes his mind”
“People in pain”

Sunday, March 17, 2013




--I AM YOUR BURNING ONE

…Hey Hi.  How’s your weekend?
“Love Actually” is playing on the TV downstairs.  I love that movie and can’t really see it too many times.

…Here’s one of my first published stories (in Juked) that got a little bit of good press at the time it came out:

                                                            The Launcher

That summer we were bored or stoned when we could afford to be.  It was Barry’s brilliant notion to build the thing but I didn’t have any ideas of my own so I went with his, which was the start of our trouble.
            It looked like a homemade bazooka, made of plastic and duct tape, because that’s what it was, more or less.
            “Do these things have a name?” I asked.
            Barry said, “Hell if I know.  What’s it matter?”
            So we called it The Launcher and started off with spuds.  Barry’s mom had a twenty pound bag of them.  They looked like aborted infants, only solid and heavy.  They sailed into the sky, hung there for an astounding thirty seconds before landing in a violent splatter.  It felt like discounted murder without any of the consequences.
            When we ran out of potatoes we used every other vegetable we could find—tomatoes and squash, zucchini, cabbage.  We moved onto solids out of necessity.  First it was soda cans, then soda bottles.  The shattered glass sizzled, hissing at us like pissed off snakes.
            Looking back I suppose those potatoes were something of a gateway drug because we got over them real quick, yet their minor thrill left us wanting more, a different fix that might kick-start some sedentary neuron in our brains.
            We went to the pet store and bought two litters of mice.  I can still recall their furious scratching in the bag behind my car seat.  Their breathing was husky.  I found it fascinating that they never squeaked because in every mouse story I’d ever read there always seemed to be a lot of squeaking or squealing.
            Barry’s house was a dilapidated cabin that his grandfather had built a hundred years ago.  It leaned eastward, toward the rising sun, and from a certain angle you might have thought it had lost balance and was about to fall into the water.
            Chain Lake was no more than two blocks long and maybe one block wide on the other side.  I never thought we’d hit the guy’s house.  If I’d believed we could, if Barry had, we would have tried first thing.
            As it happened, the third mouse landed on the old geezer’s roof.  It surprised me how dull and empty the resonance of death could be—nothing but a thud and short skid sound.  It depressed and disappointed me.  I thought of my parents and wondered if they had gasped or screamed before that car hit them.  
            We shot two mice at a time.  I don’t know what I expected.  Perhaps I thought of my cartoon watching days and that they’d clasp their furry paws like a varmint couple desperate to enter the afterlife conjoined.  But they just flew apart and landed apart, two separate thud-and-skid noises.
            Uncle Rory says things happen.  It can be fate or it can be God’s busy.  When I broke his windshield with a bat he didn’t seem such a believer in fate.  Or the time I lit the drapes on fire and almost burned the house down.  His notion of fate was dropping me off at juvie and letting some other sucker adopt me.  When they arrest you they put your wrists in handcuffs.  Feels like glass cutting into your skin.  Feels like chains and you feel like a slave or the very criminal you were meant to be.  Ha, so maybe that is fate.
            Across the lake, the old man came out of the house around the time we were nearly finished.  Barry took off, dust vapors rising up where he had been.
            I watched the guy sight me with his rifle, heard him yell, “One more time.  Go ahead.  I ain’t afraid to shoot.”
            It felt like someone had given me a belated birthday present.  I loaded the launcher, pulled the makeshift trigger, puffed out my chest and waited.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013




--I CAN’T EXPLAIN IT


…How are you doing?  No, really, I wanna know.  Tell me.

…Facebook has been replete with ruminations about AWP, but here are some other Facebook posts that are amusing or interesting, or both…

…Carly-“We have a new poop!”
Mike-“You mean, Pope.”
Carly-“Have you looked in the toilet?”

….I'd punch someone in the face for a pair of doc martens

…Thelonious Monk and bourbon. It is about all I can concentrate on.

..Not attractive to find out you snore by waking yourself up with your own snores on an airplane surrounded by the entire Lacrosse team from University of New Hampshire.

…I am not going to be hard on myself
I am not going to be hard on myself
I am not going to be hard on myself
(not working)

…I hate this town.

…Sometimes I just have to admit it: I want so much!

 …Just read The Grapes of Wrath for the first time. The moral of the story: Life really sucks, and then it sucks more, and then it sucks more, and then it sucks even more.

…In other news, this morning the dog licked the cat's butt, and nobody seemed to mind, so I think we're all settled in here.

…It's official: As of today my ex-husband is a convicted felon.

As a short, Jewish woman it is an honor to be chosen as Pope.

…Babies would be cuter if they were puppies.

..I have found the inside of my soul. It is not very friendly.

..The way I ask friends to meet me at the library is 'Hey do you wanna go pretend to be bears?'

..On the bus I sat in front of two college students sharing all the ways they cheat in their courses. I'm off to cry in a corner.

..No coffee was harmed in the making of this penguin.

…I am in a giving people a piece of my mind mood.  You want a piece, too?  Step right up.

…Our dishwasher died the weekend before last.  New one came today.  Am I weird if I hug it?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



--YOU BELONG TO SOMEONE ELSE, BUT YOU SEEM HAPPY ENOUGH


…I'm still sort of reeling from last week's excursion into Boston, but I have managed to learn a few things since I've been back, and so I thought I’d share them with you... 
…There are 40 million foreign-born people in the US, up from 9.6 million in 1970
…Spain's unemployment rate is 25%, 52% for Spanish youth
…The percentage of births to unmarried women has increased eightfold in the past 50 years and it is now 40.8% of all births.
…2.4 --Times more likely a woman will share her phone number when approached by a man near a flower shop versus a shoe store
…There are 158.3 million females in the US.  23 million are mothers in the workplace
…There are currently 1,360 radical militias and anti-government groups in the US
…There are 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S., up 3 million from ten years ago
…19,000 of the more than 31,000 gun-related deaths in the US each year are due to suicide.
…The Army recorded its worst year in decades for soldiers killing themselves--with 323 deaths in 2012.
…1.3 million vehicles were repossessed last year, the lowest tally in 12 years.  That's down 31.8% from the recessionary peak year of 2009.
…People watch 4 billion YouTube videos every day.
…Someone with 24 pounds of body fat can last up to 60 days without food.
…84 percent of Americans think Global Warming is a serious, or somewhat serious concern.
…It costs $30,000 a year to house a single federal prisoner.
…The U.S. birthrate is its lowest since 1920.
There are 2.2 billion of the world’s people, or 32 percent, who consider themselves to be adherents of the Christian faith. Islam follows in second place, with 1.6 billion believers. In third place is the category “none,” consisting of 1.1 billion of the world’s people who claim no religious affiliation or proclaim themselves to be atheists or agnostics.
…The world’s Hindu population totals 1 billion, followed by 500 million Buddhists, according to Pew. There are 14 million Jews in the world.
…The percentage of student loans that are 90 days or more delinquent has increased from 6% to 11% over the last 10 years.  Total outstanding student loans ($956 billion) are now approximately 12% larger than outstanding credit card balances.

…Soda consumption has decreased by nearly 30% in the last decade

…In Britain, an average of 18 pubs close every day.  Nearly 6,000 landlords have gone out of business in the last four years.

Monday, March 11, 2013





--I HAD A DREAM THAT WE WERE VERY HAPPY, BUT WE ALMOST GOT ARRESTED


…This is a post about anything but writing or writers, though those things do figure into the mix in the same way that sweat is an inevitable byproduct of hardy exercise…

…It’s very difficult to characterize an event as massive and daunting as AWP.  It’s hard to have an appropriate reaction.  One might as well try describing what an orgasm feels like, having to do  so without being able to use clichéd words like “flushed,” “euphoria,” “climax,” “it was a kind of rapture, a second coming,” “inflamed loins,” “panting,” “dilated,” “erratic thrusting,” etc…

…There were hordes and hordes of people, writers, 11,000 beings sharing the same oxygen and smells, the undercurrent of misplaced tension wrapped inside the ruddy noise of conversation, every one of us sharing curiosities and ambitions, vulnerabilities and silly giddiness, all the while trying to look at ease, attempting to appear engaged, anything, really, other than overwhelmed and foolish.

It’s a difficult concept to get your arms around, isn’t it?—that so many people share your dream, that they are willing to attain their dream without expecting riches in return--or in many cases—payment of any kind.  
Who does that?
Who besides a dreamer, a fool, an artist, or maybe Jesus?

I met people I’d wanted to meet for some time—Joseph Quintela, Christopher Allen, Lily Hoang, Jessica Keener, Gay Degani, Alex Pruteanu, Eryk Wenziak, Pat Pajolus, Gessy Alvarez, Laura Bogart, Timothy Gager, Angela Wooward, Jodi Paloni, Antonia Crane…and so many more that I can’t, currently, think of off the top of my head…

There were others I didn’t know I wanted to meet but was damn lucky I did meet—Karen Stefano and Michael Maxwell, for example.

I saw friends I knew and know and people that I love and revere—Meg Tuite, Robert Vaughan, Ken Robidoux, Sara Lippmann, Janee Braugher,  xTx, Bill Yarrow, Ben Tanzer, Helen Vitoria, Jane Carman, Gloria Mindock, Brandi Wells…

I ate and drank and laughed and--I'll admit it-- I even cried—sometimes from joy, once in a while because what I heard was the verbal equivalent of watching a child die….

I was told secrets—deep, dark, one-of-a-kind secrets (although there are really no such things) and I even shared secrets of my own, and in doing so, I felt not relieved or in any way paroled, but rather I felt completely gifted by the listener’s mercy and grace, their kind and unwavering attention….

…There are times in our lives where we feel as close to fully-formed as we will ever be, our essence froth with the giddiness of having discovered a sense of purpose, when it’s like coming upon a door left open for us, cracked just a bit with a blade of light creasing both inward and out, and when we push that door open further, we find how incredibly fortunate we are to walk through it, stumbling into the very crux of who we are and who were really meant to be, stumbling or trotting or skipping through that damn door with our eyes and ears wide open, shouting, “I’m here.  Whatcha got for me?”

Wednesday, March 6, 2013





--IT'S ALL YOURS.  ALWAYS WILL BE.


…I'm headed to Boston and I'm a bit nervous.  11,000 writers and me.  Yikes.  Wish me luck.

…Oh, Facebook people, you're so funny and clever.  Here are some of the amusing things you said this last week:

-Dear asshole in front of me,
It's a crowded train, so nobody gets their own little island. You don't get to recline into my lap, and damn straight I will knee you if you do it again. We don't have to like each other, but let's have an amicable trip, shall we?
Thanks,
The girl behind you

-Today I found some eggs.

-You got to love a bra that makes your boobs look half their age.

-Baby, if you were a chicken, you'd be impeccable.

-We are living in the future and I am TERRIFIED.
 ·        -Okay. I'm putting away the goddamn tears and ignoring the bottle of vodka that is winking at me from the dresser. I'm going to write a story entitled Sadists and it will not be terribly sexy or endearing.

-I zombies.

-What the fuck happened to tug-of-war?

-I'm feeling pretty goddamn good, Facebook, even though I was cock blocked by Koko Loko tonight. The part about Koko Loko made my boyfriend laugh his ass off. But when I turned off the computer and the light he asked what I was doing. I told him I assumed he wanted to suck my nipples. "No thanks."

-I think as long as I am positive and supportive of others and because I don’t catfish people, that I am ok.

-Can't. Stop. Talking. In. Jewish. Mom. Voice. Need. Help.

-Shortly, my friends, this grim month will finally reach its end. Hallelujah.
"Here the faeries i caught in my back yard...you may take them, but let them play in the garden sometimes"
-" I have a dream that i will meet Tori Amos in a graveyard in Germany doing Wicca...then she will take me and we will kiss upon a piano with dead rats and bloodroses fallin...

-My nipples are nicer than yours.

 -I love the way ya poke me.