Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Excuse me, please, for not blogging much lately, but I have a good reason, or at least, a few of them.  I started another new book, one others will read in the future, not one already published.  Yeah, I have a new child.  Her name is Goldenrod and she is 6,300 words old.  She's taking those first non-expositional steps and I feel I can trust her not to fall down the staircase without watching her every second.  I'm still revising Seneca, and preparing for class in a couple weeks, along with the day job, the child, the animals, turning 40, and taking care of various stages of crisis in my life.

For instance, I opened the door to the house last night after braving the icy wind to receive my FACULTY ID from the community college (woohoo!) and I immediately turned to my son and accused him of spilling sour cream on the carpet without telling me or cleaning it up.  Yeah, it smelled that bad.  Turns out, broccoli needs to be taken to the garbage OUTSIDE and not left inside overnight when it doesn't steam and stays a frozen lump in the vegetable steamer and no one eats it.  My son wasn't planning to eat it, anyway.  So I didn't eat it, he didn't eat it, and the cats pretty much steered clear of the trash can.

And if the smell of rotting broccoli in a closed-up house won't pull you out of a creative haze, nothing will.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Something to Say and Editor's Day

Hi, my name is Anna, and I am in my thirties.  A coworker reminded me that I only have today and tomorrow remaining to say that, so I am saying it in abundance.  I am in my thirties!  I am, I still am!

I decided only to blog if I had something to say, and I think the above qualifies, don't you?

Also, Editor's Day this weekend was awesome and fantastic and other fun, exclamatory words, and I am so glad I was able to hobble around and make my way there!

Among those I had the pleasure of seeing were my past instructor and mentor, A. LaFaye, and her daughter, Adia.

I also was ecstatic to see Nancy O'Connor again, who completed the MFA program with me at Spalding University in Louisville, KY.  Here is Nancy on the right, and me on the left.

I met a ton of new people, and listened to some great speakers, and learned a lot.  I also was very pleased with my manuscript critique, and am revising the first three chapters of Seneca to submit officially to the esteemed person who performed the critique.  I am stoked, and life is good, but busy.

I'm glad I actually had something to say, and will try to think of more things to blog in the near future.  I hope life is great for everyone reading this!