March 27, 2011
…and with good reason. For the past month and a half, I’ve been doing nothing besides sleeping, eating, and trying not to puke. It’s amazing how quickly fatigue and nausea sap one’s desire to create and write. Even so, Aaron and I are pretty darn excited…in between naps.
I’m hoping (and I’ve heard) that the exhaustion will end in the next few weeks. With the return of spring and my energy level, I plan on getting back into the practice of writing and making. Hopefully, I’ll have a good couple of months of making before the sleeplessness starts in earnest in October.
March 23, 2011
On Monday, I spent way too much of my morning in my bathtub, rereading the SARK book Eating Mangoes Naked. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.
In that book, she has a section where she lists a litany of pleasures that she sends her readers. I love the list and I love the sentiment, so in honor of that list, here is my own.
I wish for you hidden hearts, found where you least expect it.
I wish for you rain rather than snow and sun rather than rain.
I wish for you a whole day watching a weepy movie on your couch, flanked by your favorite animals.
I wish for you weekends filled with few obligations and many opportunities for rest.
I wish for you sunlight in a small spot on your floor, in the perfect size to sit and bask.
I wish for you early asparagus, green onions, and peapods.
March 15, 2011
About two months and a half months ago, I sent Catherine Fitchett in Christchurch, New Zealand a copy of Blameless Mouth, so that she could participate in the Blameless Mouth blog tour. I was thrilled with the idea of my little book crossing the ocean and visiting a country I’ve never visited before. Catherine and I agreed upon a date in mid-March for her to participate in the tour.
Then, on February 22, the city was hit with a devastating 6.3 earthquake. Parts of the city were devastated. Homes and buildings were ruined. Whole neighborhoods, including Catherine’s, were without basic services – water, electricity, available food sources. Reading through Catherine’s blog, I was able to follow how her life has changed immeasurably since the quake.
Despite all this, Catherine was still able to read through my book and post a blog tour post this week. I hope that you will stop by and read through it, as well as read her eyewitness accounts of the quake recovery.
The gift of the internet is that we can connect across oceans and learn how people survive and thrive, in the face of daily woes and extraordinary situations. Even as we watch Japan deal with the truly scary ramifications of another devastating quake, it’s important to keep in mind the ongoing recovery work of the people in New Zealand.
March 13, 2011
Blatant reposting alert!
Thanks to Beth’s recent post on her blog, I found a post over at Georgia’s new to me blog it’s just how i see things that i just fell in love with. So, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I wanted to share the same content with you.
The below videos are a charming little story about an adventure one man in Brooklyn took when he found a film canister in a park. The tone is very This American Life, and I loved the direction that his life took when he was confronted with a little mystery. I hope that you take the time to watch them!
March 8, 2011
I’ve known Laurel, the author of Simple Spoonful, since I was 20 years old. In fact, we met the same year that I met my husband. Because I’ve known her so long, I am honored in the way that she responded to my book, Blameless Mouth, in her recent blog tour post.
I think of Laurel as one of my ideal readers for this book. She is educated on issues of food and acceptance (among other things) and she’s critical of the cultural messages around eating (especially for women). She’s held her battles with food and come out the other side with a healthy appreciation for the joys of eating. She is a blameless woman, in my eyes.
But, as she notes in her blog post, her relationship with food is changing once again, as she prepares to give birth to a child this summer. Her reflection on what this means, both for herself and for her baby, is really inspiring. I hope that you will go over and read her post, right now.
March 1, 2011
I am very lucky, because my husband, Aaron M. Wilson, is truly a partner in many aspects of my life. We have converging interests, we nurture each other’s writing lives, and we support each other. So today, I am very proud to support Aaron’s very first foray into book publication. His short story collection, The Many Lives of Inez Wick, releases today on Lulu.
I’ve read the manuscript in various forms, from the first drafts of the main story, The Bike Mechanic, to proofreading the final version. I am so impressed with the scope and ambition of the work, as well as the execution. I really encourage you to read it.
The Many Lives of Inez Wick follows the alternate possibilities that one character could have in her life. Inez Wick is an eco-heroine: part Lara Croft, part Hayduke. She fights injustice wherever she finds it, from power plants in China to waterbottling plants in Michigan. She is also vulnerable, in the interactions with the various men in her lives and in her future.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out Aaron’s post, which includes a description of the book and some advanced praise from other writers. And after you’re done with that, pick up a copy at Lulu.