Friday, December 26, 2008

Ho ho humph

I took the train home from Minnesota today. Damn, I love the train. I realized that it's because, when you ride the train (the way I ride the train--in my own private room), you can close yourself away and just be this anonymous being. You're not in any one place and you aren't in a hurry so time just slows down and all of the outside world is behind and in front of you and you get to just ride in the happy little cocoon. Plus, the view is awesome.

They even gave us mini bottles of champagne (really, sparkling wine)!

So, imagine my joy when I got home to find a fuse had blown and the contents of my refrigerator had thawed. My freezer = puddle.

Merry Christmas!!!

Guess what, I have a holiday story up at Thieves Jargon.
Read it now.


Saturday, December 13, 2008


At some point in the near future I am going to write about The Abyss and why it is one of the worst movies ever made and how much that breaks my cold and brittle heart.


Monday, December 08, 2008

For she's a jolly good fellow!

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in what is easily the funnest reading I have ever been to. It was at the Rec Room and the theme for the night was "Reading Bondage: Only the Microphone was Ashamed." Genius curator Nicolette Bond created a bevy of "constraints" that each reader had to go through while reading their poem. You can find a better account of the night on Jac Jemc's blog here.

My personal favorite part of the night was when I won the raffle and a prize of the entire room singing "For she's a jolly good fellow" to me. I honestly felt like the personification of cupcakes at that moment. It was jolly and joy.

My (close) second favorite moment was when, while Jac was reading a poem, the entire audience slowly stood up and surrounded her. It was amazing.

I'll be participating in the Rec Room again next month as they represent at the Lit Gangs of Chicago at the MCA. The show is on inauguration day (January 20th) and the theme is "So help me God." I wonder what Theodore Huxtable will have to say about it.

Two more readings to go THIS month.

First, of course, is Quickies!

James Kennedy (super)
Shannon Schmidt (awesome)
Melanie Datz (that's what she said)
Mandy Hobomeier (you don't say)
Lindsay Hunter (you're mom)
and Margaret Chapman (oh dip)

...And on December 15th, I'll be reading at the whistler as part of the Orange Alert Reading Series.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to write my story for tomorrow night. It's going to be about buttons. Silver buttons.