Got my contract today for a nonfiction piece I wrote for the WisCon Chronicles. To celebrate I reread my essay, and still liked it, so I'm looking forward to seeing this one in print (and wondering whether to add it to my credits list.)

Here's a snippet:
White male characters come in every flavor. There is a male Thomas Covenant – why not a female Thomas Covenant? Do women still have to be honorary men – always the perfect, self-sufficient, exemplary role models?

 
And I am sharing the ToC with my friends [livejournal.com profile] shvetufae  and [livejournal.com profile] shweta_narayan -squee! :)

In garden news, I finally identified the mysterious backyard tree: it's a sweetgum tree! Also, I have crocuses in yellow and purple, and some bulbs, it appears - I hope they are tulips. Did some pruning but not too much, as I am very afraid to prune something that is not a weed. I did get a book entitled "Pruning" so we'll see if it helps.

It is Spring break here and Mati is at home. Haven't got much done; just resting.

I mentioned recently that I wrote a weird poem, Marginalia to Stone Bird. It is nonlinear and can be read in many ways (as in, easily more than 3). I sent it off already, but meanwhile I couldn't keep thinking how I hear it in voices, layered over each other, repeating, echoing -and how cool it would be to record it as an mp3 with at least two other people. I think I would need at least one male voice for this. And I keep hearing very faint music, like raindrops or plucking of strings, only I do not play any instruments, of course. And I was also thinking about how much I loved the trailer to Palimpsest and how wonderful it would be to make something like this for my Stone Bird.

I lack technical capabilities to do any of this, except to collect images and to record parts of the poem.

I might get a rejection of it tomorrow, I don't know if it's a prudent thing to do, but heck, I really want to try this, at least the mp3 part.

Any ideas about how I can approach this would be very, very welcome :)

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