20 Jun 2016
in conversations, Living In the Trees
Tags: Amanda Gowin, anthology, Baseball, chewbacca, chickens, Dames in the Dark, disney world, family, Fireball whiskey, full moon, Game of Thrones, Gutted: Beautiful Horror, little red hen, love, lunacy, Pantheon Magazine, photos, Portsmouth Little Theatre, short stories, strawberry moon, summer, summer solstice, writer, writing
Happy first day of summer! Happy full moon!
All of the things. ‘Gutted: Beautiful Horror‘ hit #1 in Hot New Releases and #2 in Horror Anthologies on its first day of pre-sale. Tomorrow night I guest on a Noir on the Air episode of ‘Dames in the Dark‘ at 9pm. We’ve got the stories selected for the Summer edition of Menacing Hedge, and go boldly into reading for Fall. Pantheon Magazine’s ‘Hestia’ issue My son has one more week of baseball. My nephew is nearly here. There’s only one more episode of ‘Game of Thrones.’
‘Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?’ at the Portsmouth Little Theatre wrapped up in a sea of love, tears and Fireball. My husband got a motorcycle. We just got back from vacation, where I met Chewbacca – who is just as sweet in person as he is in the movies! Also, not to jinx her because the day is not done (and on this, the longest day of the year, I may be tempting fate), my favorite little red hen Lauren (Bacall) has successfully navigated back and forth to the neighbors’ hen house without an automobile collision.
Howl at the moon, my lovelies. Throw away your shoes. Jump in deep, dark water. Summer is upon us!
02 Jan 2016
in Books, Living In the Trees, My Favorite Things
Tags: 2016, A.L. Terry Jewelers, AWP, babies, Booked., books, Clive Barker, Collection, craig clevenger, craig wallwork, dreams, family, Frankenstein's monster, friends, Gamut, Gems, Girllove, Gold, Gutted: Beautiful Horror, Harry Potter, http://menacinghedge.com/, jesse lawrence, Jim Moriarty, Lana Del Rey, Lasers, Life, Los Angeles, love, Magic shoes, Menacing Hedge, moonlight, Mothers, Neil Gaiman, new year, rural life, Sherlock, short story anthology, Sisterhood, star wars, stars, Warmed and Bound, women, Work, work in progress
It’s only the 2nd day of the year, nice easy Saturday night full of peppermint candy, Lana Del Rey and sleeping dogs.
Last night was Sherlock’s ‘The Abominable Bride’ (which was better than all of S3 put together, and I loved S3), and this afternoon was ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ with my almost-8-yr-old son in his Darth Vader sweatshirt and my cool-as-hell hubby (and it was GREAT! I was afraid to hope, after the prequels). So. I’m high on Moriarty and Chewbacca.
The year ahead lies sprawled in an almost impossible glowing light. These Lite Brite blips of things to come, and they seem too good to be true:
- the first edition of Menacing Hedge I’ve worked on as full-fledged co-fiction editor with my incestuous sibling Craig Wallwork, out pretty much anytime – and conspiring with the beautiful crew there
- more and more unbelievable announcements about the Gutted:Beautiful Horror anthology – just a lil ole book coming out this year with me in it….AND Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Paul Tremblay, Damien Angelica Walters, Richard Thomas…that’s not even all!! It’s just too hard to type out all the names, and they’re not even DONE with the ToC!
- AWP LA, which I guess is some sort of “conference” or something, but whatever – I’ll be spending April Fool’s Day in California with the crew that welcomed me into the bosom of ‘Warmed and Bound’ nearly five years ago, only that crew times ten…ocean and bowling and books with some of the best people I’ve ever met or am about to
- Tentative plans for a vast and ambitious family vacation that, worst case scenario, would take place next summer instead of this one
- Tentative plans to finish a semi-vast and very-ambitious linked short story collection surrounding the concept of Frankenstein’s Monster and the freedom from the burden of chronological memory…that, worst case scenario, will be completed next summer instead of this one (it would take some massive laziness to drag out an entire extra year)
- Jewelry – Jewelry!! Work!! They call it work, I call it a kitchen and laboratory full of adoptive family, gems, and magic lasers and elf-sized tools. They let me hang out there, and talk about movies and gold and life, and pay me for it…
- my son and I have started the Harry Potter series, a mere two hours ago, and he’s into it
- Richard Thomas has extracted a promise for a story from me for Gamut, which seems like something I should have to fight to get into
- Craig Clevenger wants to podcast with me for a couple guest episodes of Booked.
- My sister is going to give me another niece or nephew – another minion for my son!
Can I just stop there, and take a breath?
My fear is justified, yes?
Because this is my life, and I want to deserve it. I want to deserve the people and the love and the pictures in my brain and the roof over my head and the happiness,
and I don’t want to take a breath, or cough, for fear I’ll wake….
So, before I do, in this world now I want to say: I love you all. I appreciate you all. You’re heavy and light and wispy and warm in your love and support and confidence and laughter and conspiratorial smiles. My family, my friends, my work family, my writing , my reading compadres, my Sherlock-fiends, my fellow mothers of beautiful strong babes, my ladies in the shadows that whisper to me that I’m good enough.
Thank you. By the Stars and the Moonlight and the magic of breathing, I wish you all as beautiful a 2016 as you’ve made possible for me, just by being a part of my life.
(Magical Shiny Shoes to dance through the year)
31 Dec 2015
in Living In the Trees
Tags: 2016, Death Star, Dominoes, family, happy new year, Home, love, Magic, Magic hat, new year's eve, smashing pumpkins
Practicing the Dark Arts (or dominoes, whatever):
Wishes for us all, of Hope and Mermaids:
Don’t forget to share your hats. With Death Stars.
Happy New Year to you all!! I love you.