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( May. 23rd, 2009 03:13 pm)
Still on hiatus, but reporting a poetry sale - my long poem "Godfather Death" will appear in the Fall issue of Goblin Fruit.
I wrote this one for [personal profile] upstart_crow , who bought a poem from me at the [ profile] helpvera  auction.

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( May. 17th, 2009 10:21 am)
I'm going to take a break from LJ for a while. It's taking up too much of my time and is just too upsetting lately.

Stay well, meanwhile.
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( May. 13th, 2009 09:53 pm)
My friend and I just had a marathon composing idiotic zombie poetry. Here's my last take on it, which also reflects my current state of mind!

Are students zombies haunting me?
They have no bibliographie,
Their lust for scholarship is dead,
With empty eyes they lurch ahead
where no professor dares to thread -
Gevalt! they're after me!

But no, they do not want my brains,
Nor the red hot blood in my veins,
Nor cookies, cakes or other gains
Of learn'd societie -

With mad desire in their gaze
And smelly breath, they haunt my days
In hopes that, in a sleepless daze,
I'll grant them A or B!
Series of unfortunate events continue at work, I was sick, kid regressed in a very "interesting" way (don't ask: TMI), and I pushed the last version of my edited volume out into the world. Plus a mild case of the abyss of despair.

Wrote 200 fiction words yesterday; thanks to [ profile] kirizal  and [profile] shweta_narayan  for encouragement.

Wrote 200 words today; still 300 to write to fill quota.

Total words at the moment: 1500.

Manuscript: The Curse of Ever Summer.

Damn, it is perverted.

Words written yesterday: 677
Words deleted today: 76

Goal for today: 500
Words written today: 464

Total story: 1065

Manuscript: "Curse of Ever Summer"
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( May. 4th, 2009 05:01 pm)
OK, so the semester is almost over, the 64 essays graded. I still have lots of grading to do, finals to administer, graduate exam committees to sit on, plagiarizers to flog, two research commitments to push out, vodka to drink...

I haven't been well lately, and one possible reason for that is that I haven't been writing. So I am making a commitment to write at least 500 words of a short story each day excluding Friday and Saturday. I will be documenting my progress here.

I have three manuscripts in progress, and will be working on whatever strikes my fancy, with the goal of completing at least one draft by June.

Today's goal : 500 words.
Words Written so far: 186  677!
Manuscript: "The Curse of Endless Summer"

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( Apr. 5th, 2009 01:42 pm)
Joshua Gage reviews Rhysling poems in his ongoing series. This is what he has to say about my poem Odysseus on the War Train:

My immediate reaction is absolute admiration for the lyric qualities of this piece--the sound and rhythm are tight. Some things catch me, though, in the reading.... (read the rest here)

I am thrilled to receive this mostly positive review from [profile] hooks_and_books. His Rhysling review series is a very interesting experiment and worth following, even though I do not agree with many things.

Received a very nice personal rejection from Goblin Fruit for "Tree Diana Saw". Not sure what to do with it now, I can make it into a limited edition thingie with illustrations for some people, or I can submit it somewhere else. Probably will go the limited edition route, but not sure when I will have time to do it. Summer?

Mati learned and used three new words in the last two days: Bagel, Pringle and Cracker (cwackuh). The food words trend continues, but I am *so* thrilled to have him speaking again- he didn't say a single word for two weeks (when he was  sick with bronchitis), only wailed. It wasn't pleasant.

It's been a good day so far.

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( Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:03 pm)
Some reasons why my academic peers and students could figure out I am a writer:
  • I say things like, "This is just a form rejection."
  • I measure output in word count, not in pages. E.g. Student,  "How many pages should my paper be?" Rose: "About 1500 words."
  • I count how many words until tenure.
  • I call my academic writing "nonfiction"
  • I am fond of telling my students, "Stephen King writes 2000 words a day! Come on, you can write this measly 250-word paper!"
  • When confronted with a statement "How writers think about this, we will never know" (Mieke Bal, Narratology) I quickly respond with, "Actually, we do know," and a longish explanation.
  • When asked, "How do you know all this?" I mumble, "I have been doing informal interviews with writers for a project."

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( Apr. 1st, 2009 11:26 pm)
This traditional "Radio Erevan" communist joke (hello, [ profile] oktober_ghost !):

They ask Radio Erevan, "Is it true that Shostakovich received a beautiful blue Volga car from the government as a gift for his art?"
Radio Erevan answers, "In principle, yes. Only it wasn't blue, it was green. It wasn't a Volga, it was a bicycle. And he didn't get it from the government - he stole it."

This entry is brought to you by the letter D.

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( Apr. 1st, 2009 11:03 am)
GUD Magazine just announced an exciting new feature - instead of buying the whole journal you can now buy individual words!

And because I love you all, dear LJ friends, here's a free word from my upcoming GUD poem:


GUD Magazine also goes international with exciting translations. Check out [ profile] shweta_narayan 's Daya and Dharma... translated into very lyrical lolcat.

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( Mar. 26th, 2009 09:29 pm)
Thanks to[info]shweta_narayan  who mentions me three times in her entry  (for two poems and one essay). Shweta herself has a story out in Shimmer ("One for Sorrow") and a story coming up in GUD 4 ("Daya and Dharma") - major congrats! Oh, and Shweta's story "Nira and I" went live at Strange Horizons last week : - and she just sold them another. Yay!

I am offering a custom poem over at the [ profile] accessiblehouse  auction. There already are two bids, and the auction ends tomorrow, so if you'd like a Lemberg poem, please check it out. Bidding currently stands at 10$.

Congrats to [ profile] oktober_ghost , who got into Clarion West.  This is wonderful. I very much want to go, but cannot even think of leaving Mati for six weeks, and I doubt this is going to change any time soon.

In other news, Jan/Feb Star*line arrived with my poem "Burns at Both Ends".  Funny, I feel completely burned out at this point. This week was Spring break, and Mati was sick, then I got sick - or maybe not sick, but I slept a lot.  Accomplished nothing.

Classes start tomorrow again, and nothing accomplished. Ugh.

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( Mar. 20th, 2009 06:33 pm)
Reconstructed from bones up, we will be colorless -
skin to cover anger no more
and nothing to make us strangers
not the way I trill my r’s, or the way
these goosebumps on your skin remind me of frogs.

Truth is in the bleached bones, and life
is a kleptomaniac of truth. Lend it a hand, you say,
but what of the forsythia? In winter

it stood bare in its bones, and I didn’t parse it

in my dim hours
In front of my house I have this flower bed that seemed to be completely clogged and overgrown with weeds. This was once a very nice flower bed, I thought, but nobody took care of it for the last two years, maybe longer. I guess Kathleen was too sick to tend her garden, and then she passed away.

Pictures, musings, questions! )

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 :)

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 [ profile] shvetufae  and [ 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.

As I was going through the list of Rhysling nominations, I noticed that three Abyss and Apex poems were nominated, of them two  from the July issue - mine and J.M. McDermott's. What's special about this is that the amazingly talented [ profile] samhenderson was a guest editor of that issue of Abyss and Apex. 

In addition to being a swell editor and the hard-working SFPA treasurer, Sam Henderson has three Rhysling nominations this year! So let's hear it for Sam - Hip Hip Hooray!!

My poem "Odysseus on the War Train" from Abyss and Apex has just been nominated for the Rhysling!

Ummm.. yippee?

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( Mar. 2nd, 2009 02:53 pm)
I've just come across another foreclosure-stalling donation drive, [ profile] accessiblehouse .  We're probably all exhausted by donation drives at this point, but what can we do but help each other at times like these?

Peter has lost his job six months ago and is behind on mortgage payments. He is the caregiver to his wife, Ericka, who's been bedridden for the last two years. Peter says,

"Ericka has multiple, chronic, life-altering diseases and I am her primary caregiver. Her Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) makes it impossible to breathe without taking steroids every day. Her MS keeps her muscles weak and plagues her with nerve pain frequently. The steroids have caused diabetes that requires her to have an insulin pump. She is basically bed-ridden.

Despite her challenges, Ericka leads a full life and anyone who takes the time to get to know her can't help but love her. We have modified our home over the years we have lived here to make it as comfortable as possible for her to continue to live here.

You can see why losing this home would be a devastating blow for both of us.
As a person only too familiar with disabilities, wheelchairs, etc, I know how devastating the loss of one's accessible home would be. 

I donated, and am looking forward to the auctions they are hoping to organize. If you're so inclined, please help and/or spread the word.

Remember: every dollar counts.

(via [ profile] quietspaces )

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( Feb. 27th, 2009 04:37 pm)
Somewhat belated, but major congrats to [ profile] time_shark and [ profile] norilana  for their Nebula nominations! Fingers, toes, and tentacles crossed!