Friday, November 30, 2007

Oh, and

I talked to a woman at the university bookstore at my alma mater and they will carry my chapbook! Yoo hoo!!!!!!!!

So that's a bust

Am not going to finish the story for the contest. Not the first time this year-- Ha!I think I actually only got things in for three contests. And not one gave me a nod.

No matter. There are two contests that accept previously pubbed so I'm sending those out. The novella that was previously subbed but my mail got all screwed up and I have no idea what the reply, if any, was on it goes out to a different journal.

Photos on a cd to send off tomorrow when the submission period for another journal reopens.

So it's been a fairly good day of submission!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Writing quote for 11-29-07

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

-- Ernest Hemingway

Quote for 11-29-07

Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't seem to be working.


Wasn't it just December 31, 1999 yesterday????

Where does time go? Almost a decade into this 2000 thing. Man!

Can't believe it's November 29 but of course it is 'cause tomorrow's a contest deadline and I've made so few that I've wanted to.

But I'm going to try.

Key word. Try.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Quote for 11-25-07

I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry... just make me feel alive.

--Joey Lauren Adams

Creative quote for 11-25-07

What is art but a way of seeing?

— Thomas Berger

Oh for those days

when I had at least 50 submissions out.

Lots of simultaneous, but because I've had some incidents I've stopped doing that. At this time I have 5 stories out, plus one that's lost somewhere 'cause I was bouncing around the states when I submitted it.

Rejections galore. But oh well.

An anthology looking for works that concern Mississippi. I've got two that I'm sending to them. Hoping. . .

soulja boy pooh

Click on the post title for a really funny video featuring Winnie the Pooh & friends -- great job of editing to the song from Soulja Boy

okay, so now I'm submitting photos

Got some works out to some online mags. Anxious 'cause this is new to me. I've had photographs published but those accompanied news stories that I wrote and I had one in the folklife program book for the Smithsonian when I worked as a field researcher for them, but again it was a journalistic kind o' thing.

Currently taking pics with my camera phone. Sometimes it works and well, sometimes it just don't!

I need to get a digital camera. Looking for a great deal on one preferably with a printer. Has to be bought at Best Buy 'cause of the reward points and all. Every Sunday scanning the sales circular.

If I celebrated Christmas, I might ask Santa 'cause I've been a good girl all year.

Oh, stop snickering.

I have been.


Songs by The Carpenters running through my head all morning

Hallelujah for

I love The Carpenters-- brings back memories of 7th grade and my first (and only) transistor radio, me and my classmates licking the 9volt battery for a jolt.

Okay, we were really bored. . .
and weird. . .

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quote for 11-21-07

I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

--Jeremiah 29:11

Creative quote for 11-21-07

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

--Mary Lou Cook

I swung by Nashville when I went to Detroit. . . .

'cause my daughter has some work in an amateur art show.

It runs through the 27th of November if you're close by.

Take 121 Arts Amateur Artist Show
121 3rd Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37027 • 615-244-4642

the moon and a cloud

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Creative quote for 11-20-07

The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.

--Edwin H. Land quotes

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.

--Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, November 19, 2007

Writer's Profile Project

Hilda Weiss is the latest writer interviewed for the Writer Profile Project at Kelly's blog,here.

You'll have to scroll and search a bit, but it's worth it!

And read Kelly's story "Had a Dad;" you'll find the link at Kelly's site.

I love my camera phone

can you tell?

Creativite quote for 11-19-07

Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self.

--Erich Fromm

Quote for 11-19-07

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.


Sunday, November 18, 2007


I've been called an "oreo" frequently in my life-- black on the outside, white on the inside-- which I've always found annoying because I'm not trying to "be white" just because I value classical music or literature or such.

In Nashville, this woman accused me of acting like I was white because I speak grammatically-correct English.

I found it even more annoying coming from her, what with that weave of straight, honey blonde hair on her head.

Friday, November 16, 2007

I get to write this weekend!

Yahoo! The magical realism piece still.

And I should send something to Bob Arter. . .

But that's just me and my life

I had dinner with a friend of mine, that I've known for over 30 years. I should have married him, of course when the possibility was there, but oh well.

He wondered outloud what it would take for me to get settled and do my work. He's concerned that I'll always be bouncing around and never accomplish what I want.

He thinks I should pick one thing and just do it.

I used to think the same thing, but I can't just pick one thing. I pick one and my heart starts crying to do another. The truth: I want to write and eventually get back to the filmmaking and I want to continue to act (and yes, maybe even a movie playing Whoopi's daughter/sister or something) and do the comedy and I hope to knit and quilt along the way. I want to carve out the time to further the painting and the photography and somehow become an adequate piano player.

My friend doesn't think it's possible to do justice to them all, but I disagree.

I just need to decide where I'll live and get organized. [Oh, stop laughing-- I'm making that decision right now. Maybe I will stay in New Mexico. Maybe not. I'll have made up my mind by Jan 1, 2008; I've got some time;-)]

Sometimes it looks like I'm not making progess-- that I'm just a ball in a pinball game bouncing off here and there, but something inside me assures me that I'm getting there.

It may look a little crazy and chaotic--hell, it may very well be crazy and chaotic--but I'm not worried.

I've come to accept that my path will not be linear (ha!) but it is now filled with so much love and laughter and peace that I'll take it the way it comes. Nothing less.


Over 300 unread emails in just one mailbox!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Creative quote for 11-15-07

Dig within. Within is the wellspring of good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig

--Marcus Aurelius

Quote for 11-15-07

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

- David Russell

On 2nd thought. . .

if I leave NM, I'd have to kidnap the grandkid.

Hmmmm. . . . .


was fun. Rode the bus and it was the nicest ride. I was shocked and surprised!

The conference was cool During lunch, there was a seminar about promotions and branding and I got some great information.

Enjoyed the workshop I did. Found a way to tweak it to make it that much more meaningful-- then I'll just have to find another conference I can offer it at!

I've decided that I can't do this

Live in New Mexico, so I'm not.

Life is way too short.

Back to Tennessee soon as I can.

The guy?

Well, not necessarily. That relationship ended and whether it would start up again would remain to be seen. Other reasons,just as meaningful.

I think I've finally found home.


All 5 qualities I want in a man, but he smokes. Ugh.
But he was gorgeous.
And 6'3."
'Nuff said.

(Tennessee) bachelors 4 & 5

Corey was this very cute young thing with body piercings and gorgeous eyes who worked across the street from where I worked.

One morning I was going to this after hours club (it's open from 2 to 6 a.m.) with my co-workers 'cause I wanted to get a feel for such for a story. I invited him to come along.

Later I ran into him and he apologized for not showing up. The tone had me all confused but I didn't say anything.

One night he showed up at my job and we were talking. He said he was going to wait'til I got off (at 4 in the morning). Uhm, no. He left for awhile; when he came back, I was busy, but he told my supervisor to tell me that he would be back for me.

Uh-huh, I told Jason.

Bachelor #2 was going to be there at 4 in the morning and he had the tendency to be jealous and though sometimes I enjoyed the way he got all territorial about me, I didn't want to deal with that that morning.

I tried to get my work done as quickly as possible so maybe I'd get away before Cory returned, but damn it if he didn't start talking to #2 when he showed up. I hoped he wouldn't say that he was waiting for me 'cause man would I have some 'splaining to do . . .



I swung by Nashville when I went to Detroit this past weekend. Talking to some guys I knew and they told me that this guy named Lucianno had told them that I had gone out with him before I left.

We had dinner and I got drunk and crazy.

Uh, no.

I had a bad vibe about this guy -- you don't give love notes to strangers. And if I haven't said yes to you after three requests, then Buddy, can't you figure that the answer is no.

My friends didn't believe him-- esp. the part about me drinking 'cause they know I don't drink.

If I'd seen him while I was in Nashville, I would have ripped him a new one. F***ing B*****d.


The books are one their way to me! Yay! and it's about time, huh?

Thanks for your support and your patience. You should be eligible for sainthood, you've been so virtuous:)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Writer Profile Project

J.W. Wang and Matt Baker, the latest writers interviewed for the Writer Profile Project at Kelly's blog,here.

Headed to the Motor City

Writer's conference this weekend. My workshop preparations are done; am I packed? Well. . . .

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Quote for 11-01-07

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.

--Jonathan Swift

I'm somebody's grandmother