gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
The "Animals" issue of Lackington's is out. It includes my story "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone," with a beautiful illustration by Dotti Price.

We've been having a spate of lovely autumn weather--so of course we're about to have a mini heat wave. Meanwhile, this horrific election season is almost over. I've already voted for Hillary Clinton, and I'm a bundle of pre-election nerves (but it feels like that's been true for months).
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My poem "Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" appears in the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. The issue also includes poetry by [personal profile] sovay and an essay by L. Timmel Duchamp on Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick.

Also, the April 2016 issue of CSZ is now available as a free PDF; it includes my poem "Poetess Strikes Again."

I'm delighted that my poems "People Change: A Love Story" and "Linda Blair Pantoum" will appear in Postscripts to Darkness. They (like "Una O'Connor") are part of my horror movie poetry project.

It actually rained in Los Angeles last night. I woke up during the night, and it took me a couple of minutes to register what the "water dripping" sound signified. (I guess it's been awhile since we've had any rain.)

Here, have a clip of Una O'Connor unleashing her scream in The Invisible Man.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, in the midst of a spate of lovely autumnal LA days. (Another heat wave is scheduled for later this week.) Yesterday I baked pumpkin scones (from a Trader Joe's mix), and they are delicious.

The election is three weeks away, and I'm on edge, though at least the polls are encouraging.

I'm enjoying the new Shirley Jackson biography (Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin), which is full of amazing information, such as the fact that "Jackson tried to structure a story around a potato kugel recipe."
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
The autumn issue of Mythic Delirium is here. It includes my poem "Champagne Ivy," inspired by Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 film of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (available now to subscribers, and online in November).

I am happy it is October, in spite of this terrifying election season. Here, have a guide to TCM's October horror offerings.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My story "Don't Look Back" will appear in Not One of Us in 2017. It's a first-time sale to a publication I greatly admire.

It is officially autumn, so of course we are bracing for another heat wave. But my kitchen is well-stocked with pumpkin products.

I am finally reading Gemma Files' Experimental Film, and it's even more brilliant than I had been led to believe.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
I am hennaing my hair on a warm Los Angeles afternoon. We had a few lovely fall-esque days. Now another heat wave looms. We'll probably have a few of those before actual autumn sets in.

The other night I watched Tomorrow, the World! (1944) on TCM. I joked that it's "The Bad Seed, Hitler Youth edition," but the two films have some striking parallels. Both are based on Broadway shows; both feature electrifying performances by child actors recreating their Broadway roles; both center around "bad" kids. Unlike Patty McCormack's Rhoda, Skip Homeier's Emil wasn't "born bad"; a German war orphan whose father died opposing the Nazis, Emil has been thoroughly steeped in Nazi ideology (including a giant helping of misogyny). He comes to live with his American uncle, a university professor (played in the film by Fredric March; Ralph Bellamy played him in the Broadway production). When Emil learns his uncle's fiancée is Jewish, he remarks, "That is...regrettable," and things go downhill from there, as he wreaks havoc at home, school, and in the neighborhood. Emil is clever and calculating, both mature beyond his years and an insufferable brat; his repudiation of his father masks a grief he's stuffed so far down, it seems nearly irretrievable. The film hinges upon Homeier's performance, and it's a remarkable one. (It doesn't look like the film is available on DVD, but it's showing on TCM On Demand through September 23.)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My poem "Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" will appear in The Cascadia Subduction Zone. The poem is a tribute to the character actress, who appeared in many films, but perhaps most memorably in The Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man. As I recall, I sold a poem last Labor Day as well. I would be fine with this becoming a tradition.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, and we are currently not having a heat wave, though I wish it were cooler.

I am very happy with the results of the 2016 Hugo Awards (The Fifth Season!, Binti!, Uncanny!, etc., etc.), aside from the ways the Puppy shenanigans impinged on the ballot. I hope the Puppies give it a rest next year, though I said that last year.

I'm reading Shirley Jackson's The Lottery and Other Stories. Also I'm rereading Chris Kraus's I Love Dick, which I last read when it came out in 1997. Friday night I watched Jill Soloway's Amazon pilot loosely based on the book and disliked it rather a lot, though everyone else is praising it. I immediately reached for my copy of the book, which made me dislike the TV version even more. (Since it's such a loose adaptation, I might have been able to appreciate it on its own terms more if Soloway had gone whole hog and changed the title of the show and the characters' names.)
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, and we're having another heat wave. Tomorrow I'm going to see Planet of the Apes (1968) on a big screen. I've never seen any of the original series of films in a theater, and I would love to see the whole series that way (except perhaps Beneath the Planet of the Apes, which I have a grudge on because it features a different actor than Roddy McDowall as Cornelius).

I'm trying not to be entirely consumed by politics, but it isn't easy these days.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
Readercon fast approaches! Here is my schedule.

Friday July 08

1:00 PM
Reading: Gwynne Garfinkle.

Gwynne Garfinkle reads poems inspired by classic horror films.

4:00 PM
Speculative Retellings. C.S.E. Cooney, Ben Francisco, Gwynne Garfinkle, Kathleen Howard, Catherynne M. Valente.

Speculative elements in fiction are not limited to robots and ghosts and dragons. For ages, the stories that get told have almost always been by told straight white able rich men, and there may be no way of separating those stories from the culture of writing today. In stories like Travels With the Snow Queen by Kelly Link, or Shift by Nalo Hopkinson, retelling old stories written by white men becomes an inherent challenge to those narratives, and that challenge itself becomes a speculative element. What other elements can we bring to these stories, and will we ever get to a point where challenging the status quo is not seen as speculative?

Saturday July 09

3:00 PM
Ladybromances. C.S.E. Cooney, Gwynne Garfinkle, Theodora Goss (leader), Victoria Janssen, Navah Wolfe.

Our friendships are hugely important relationships in our lives, but fiction focuses primarily on romance. Friendships between women receive especially short shrift. We tend to have many more friendships than romantic partners and they can be just as strong and passionate as romances, so why does romance take precedence? What fiction has displayed strong friendships or romances between women? What kinds of stories would we like to see about this kind of relationship?
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
So I sold a story and a poem in the past week--both of them first-time sales to publications I greatly admire. The poem, "song for Mary Henry" (inspired by Carnival of Souls), is now online at Through the Gate.

The story, "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone," will appear later this year in the "Animals" issue of Lackington's.

Readercon is next week!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, on a fairly hot day in Los Angeles. But 91 degrees F doesn't feel like much compared to last weekend, when it was around 112 degrees in my neighborhood. I hope we don't have any more extreme heatwaves this summer.

I have watched season four of Orange Is the New Black. Until the last couple of episodes, I might have said it was my favorite season, but I had issues with the storytelling decisions towards the end of the season. I wasn't spoiled, but I was prepared for Something Extremely Upsetting by nonspoilery reactions on Twitter. I'm not sure whether the storytelling decisions were warranted or merely gratuitous and ill-advised, but I'm leaning towards the latter.

I'm reading and loving the final volume of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan series. I've tried to space the books out so I wouldn't finish the series too quickly. I suppose eventually I can try Ferrante's earlier work.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
My poem "song for Mary Henry" (inspired by Carnival of Souls) will appear in Through the Gate. The poem is part of my ongoing classic film/TV/pop culture poetry project.

Meanwhile, Readercon is in two weeks!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My poem about Colin Clive, "The Last Word," will appear in a future issue of Kaleidotrope. The poem is part of my ongoing classic film/TV/pop culture poetry project.

Meanwhile, WisCon starts at the end of the week, and I have So Much To Do!
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
I am hennaing my hair on a cool May day in Los Angeles. WisCon fast approaches, and I have So Much To Do. Fortunately, some of what I have to do involves watching Jane the Virgin for a panel.

Last night I was watching The Incredible Shrinking Man yet again, and I consulted Cinema Cats to find out about the cat that appears in the film. I was pleased to learn that the cat who menaces the Shrinking Man is none other than veteran cat actor Orangey!
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
WisCon fast approaches! Here is my schedule:

Monsters and Mirrors: a Reading of Speculative Prose and Poetry: Sat 10:00–11:15 am
[Alex Bledsoe, Gwynne Garfinkle, D. Moonfire, LaShawn M. Wanak]

David Bowie's Influence On Science Fiction: Sat 2:30–3:45 pm
In her obituary on io9.com for trailblazing musician David Bowie, Charlie Jane Anders writes that Bowie "had an incalculable impact on pop culture throughout his shape-shifting career. But perhaps more than any other musician, he also had a tremendous impact on science fiction. He changed the way we thought about the alien, the uncanny, and the familiar." This panel will explore the way Bowie's music, films, and shifting persona shaped and inspired speculative writing and pop culture.

Fantasy in Jane the Virgin: Sun 4:00–5:15 pm
Jane the Virgin switches genres as comfortably as languages. How do the fantasy sequences work within the reality of the show? What about the bits that look like fantasy, but aren't, like the shower of petals or artificial snow that just happens to fall when Jane is kissing Rafael or Michael? How do the inanimate objects that speak to Jane compare to the ones that speak to Jaye in Wonderfalls? And what about The Narrator?
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I am hennaing my hair on a hot Los Angeles afternoon. We've had cold (for LA) weather, along with some rain, but now it's hot and bone-dry. Yesterday I finally got a long-overdue haircut, which I'm especially pleased about now that the weather has veered into summer.

I mentioned in a previous post that I have a poem in the latest issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone, but when my paper copy arrived the other day, I read Julie Phillips' essay "'I Begin to Meet You at Last': On the Tiptree-Russ-Le Guin Correspondence," and it's fantastic. (It looks like you can watch Phillips read the essay here; there's also a link on the page to video of Ursula Le Guin reading the letter she wrote to Alice Sheldon after she "came out" as Tiptree.)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My poem "Poetess Strikes Again" is in the new issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. (Just last week I saw Sylvia Plath referred to as a "poetess" in a BUST.com headline, so the word poetess indeed keeps striking again!) The issue also includes poetry by Sonya Taaffe and Neile Graham, along with an essay by Julie Phillips on the James Tiptree Jr.-Joanna Russ-Ursula Le Guin correspondence.

Also, the benefit anthology Angels of the Meanwhile: Poetry and Prose in Support of Pope Lizbet, edited by Alexandra Erin, is available for purchase. It includes my poem "Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm" (originally published in Aberrant Dreams but no longer available there), as well as work by Ellen Kushner, Lisa M. Bradley, Dominik Parisien, Sonya Taaffe, Virginia M. Mohlere, Bogi Takács, Rose Lemberg, Mike Allen, and many others.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
I am hennaing my hair a day early, as tomorrow we're supposed to have a storm (after a few weeks of bone-dry, unseasonably warm weather). Since the last time we had a big storm, my power went out, I figured it would be best to get Henna Day over with ahead of time, just in case. I hope the power stays on this time.

Later I will get back to reading Elena Ferrante's The Story of a New Name, which I am loving.

(Also, I am still obsessed with Hamilton.)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I am in the midst of the moroseness that is Doing My Taxes, but my poem "Poetess Strikes Again" will appear in The Cascadia Subduction Zone. It's my first poetry sale of the year. The poem was inspired by my indignation at an article in The Daily Beast that called Sappho a poetess. When, soon after that, I saw a TCM synopsis for The Barretts of Wimpole Street that dubbed Elizabeth Barrett Browning "an invalid poetess," I commented, "Poetess strikes again!", whereupon [personal profile] sovay suggested I write a poem with that title.

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