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2017-06-11 01:36 pm
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henna day post

I am hennaing my hair on a pleasant June afternoon (following a quintessentially June-gloomy morning). I'm listening to the new reissue of 2 Steps From the Middle Ages by Game Theory. It contains one of my favorite Game Theory songs, "Room for One More, Honey," which to my mind features one of the most hauntingly beautiful vocal arrangements ever recorded.

Now, four years after Scott Miller's death, all of Game Theory's albums are finally in print again (along with a slew of bonus tracks). As always, I wish Scott Miller were here to see it.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
2017-06-07 04:07 pm

poetry sale!

My poem "50 Foot," inspired by Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman (1958), will appear in The Cascadia Subduction Zone. (Technical note: the poem is comprised of 50 poetic feet.)

In other news, we are now past the peak of jacaranda season. It was glorious while it lasted--though it will be awhile before the purple flowers are completely gone for the year.
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2017-05-15 10:45 am
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poetry sale!

My poem "The Golem of the Gravestones" has sold to Uncanny Magazine. It's one of the few poems I've written since the election. I wish the events that inspired the poem had not happened, but I am very happy Uncanny will be publishing it.
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2017-05-14 01:58 pm
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henna day post

It is Henna Day, on a mild Los Angeles afternoon. I finally got my hair cut yesterday. I last got it cut the weekend after the election. What a long, strange time it has been since.

Last night I watched Gargoyles, a 1972 TV movie, on Svengoolie. It stars Cornel Wilde as an anthropologist who encounters the gargoyles-come-to-life, but the highlight of the movie is Grayson Hall, chewing the scenery as a boozy motel owner. I'm pretty sure she has a drink in her hand in every scene she's in (except for the shot of her after she's been killed off), including a scene in a police station and one in a car.

Wiscon is less than two weeks away, and I'm really looking forward to it, though I still have tons of prep to do.
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2017-04-26 11:04 am
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WisCon schedule / review

My day began with two excellent things. The first: Charles Payseur's in-depth review of the latest Mithila Review, which includes my poem "family (a form somehow must)."

The second: My finalized WisCon schedule!

This Genre Kills Fascists
Sat, 1:00–2:15 pm
Capitol B
Gwynne Garfinkle (moderator), ANONYMOUS, Alexis Lothian, Victor J. Raymond
Let's dig into the history, the present, and the future of genre fiction as resistance texts. The uses of genre conventions to speak out in ways that would be dangerous if stated baldly in a realist or non-fiction text, the power of imagining a way forward, the issuing of warnings, the rallying cries. The epitaphs and the freedom songs. The voices that endure and the voices that are needed.


Fanfic, Retcon, and Zombies, Oh My!
Sat, 9:00-10:15 pm
University B
Carrie Pruett (moderator), Gwynne Garfinkle, KJ, Victoria Janssen
Let's talk about what happens in the murky territories where fanfic meets original works. Do writings that use original works in the public domain—modern-day Sherlock Holmes characters, zombies in Jane Austen's worlds—count as fanfic? When a series gets unwieldy or unpopular, it can be rebooted or rewritten with different parameters: maybe a character comes back to life, changes gender, or gets a new backstory. Are there differences between retcon and fix-it fic, other than who owns the copyright?


Personal Demons
Sun, 10:00-11:15 am
Conference 4
Carol Anne Douglas, Gwynne Garfinkle, Cath Schaff-Stump , LaShawn M. Wanak
What haunts us, what scares us, what makes us tick. Works that deal with metaphorical and actual demons.


When the Monster Isn't the Monster
Sun, 4:00-5:15 pm
University C
William Paimon (moderator), Gwynne Garfinkle, Leigh Hellmann
Science fiction and horror have always displayed a unique ability to play with allegory and metaphor by making monsters. Sometimes, though, the monster is more than just a flesh and blood (or protoplasm) villain to be defeated. As these genres have had a resurgence over the past few years, high concept genre work has undergone something of a renaissance. From big screen successes like The Babadook, It Follows, and The Witch, to television like Jessica Jones and Mr. Robot, science fiction and horror are finding commercial and critical success by having something to say again. Let's talk about what we loved in works with horrors that are more than meet the eye, note where they fell flat, and share hidden gems we might not have run into yet.
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2017-04-14 11:34 am
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well, that's that

I deleted my LiveJournal. I guess I have 60 days to reactivate if I discover I missed anything in the import, but everything seems okay.

Still, I kind of gulped when I hit the delete button.
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2017-04-13 11:11 am
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poem at the Mithila Review

My "weird Brady Bunch" poem, "family (a form somehow must)," is up at the new issue of the Mithila Review. There's audio of me reading the poem, as well. The issue focuses on visual arts, and it looks beautiful.

Just as I had begun to post about the above, it was announced that the U.S. has dropped a giant bomb in Afghanistan, I assume because our so-called president wanted another jolt of accolades like he got after bombing Syria. I am horrified; I also feel very tired.

(This is the first Dreamwidth post that I will not be cross-posting to LiveJournal. I still haven't deleted my LJ, but I will once I've resolved some import issues.)
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2017-04-05 04:56 pm

leaving LJ

So I guess I really will be leaving LiveJournal fairly soon and deleting my account. I can be found at http://gwynnega.dreamwidth.org/ (as well as Twitter and Facebook). I am really not happy about this.
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2017-04-04 03:09 pm
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Not One of Us

Today's mail brought my contributor's copy of Not One of Us, which includes my short story "Don't Look Back," as well as poetry and photography by [personal profile] sovay and others. I'm very pleased to see "Don't Look Back" in print; I think of it as speculative autobiography, or possibly autobiographical specfic.

In less pleasant news, I'm not at all happy with the latest LJ TOS shenanigans. I am still cross-posting to LJ from Dreamwidth, but I'm not sure how much longer I will continue to do so. I don't post that often anymore, and I use my LJ account mainly to keep up with friends who post to LJ, but the whole thing makes me very uneasy, to say the least.
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2017-04-02 01:59 pm
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henna day post

I am hennaing my hair on a warm Los Angeles afternoon. I really need to get a haircut before next month's Henna Day, as the process is getting unwieldy.

Last night I watched Daughters of the Dust for the first time, and I'm still wowing about it today.

The other day I finished reading the Feminist Press edition of Violette Leduc's Thérèse and Isabelle, and now I'm once again deeply annoyed that Leduc's letters haven't been translated into English.
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2017-02-25 05:13 pm
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poetry sale! / at long last, internet

I'm pleased to announce that my poem "ode to Dwight Frye" will appear in Strange Horizons, one of my favorite publications.

Also, Charles Payseur has reviewed the "Animals" issue of Lackington's, and he had some very nice things to say about the issue, including my story "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone."

I'd been without internet (aside from my smartphone) and landline since Tuesday morning. My service provider completely dropped the ball, so now I've switched providers. The only good thing about having less access to the internet was a slightly lower daily Trump quotient, but I'm still very relieved to have it back.
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2017-02-09 12:06 pm
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story at Lackington's

My story "The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone," which came out last autumn in the "Animals" issue of Lackington's, is now available to read online.

It feels somewhat strange to post about something unrelated to politics these days.

Meanwhile, this week I am listening to Slim Gaillard for the first time in years, and I highly recommend it.

Stay warm, friends in the path of the snow!
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2017-02-05 02:04 pm
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henna day post

I am hennaing my hair on a cool, overcast LA afternoon. (Rain is coming tonight. We've been having way more rain this winter than we've had in ages.)

Trump has been our so-called president for just over two weeks, though it feels like a lot longer. I am heartened by the pushback against his agenda, both in the streets and in the courts.

I've been playing this song a lot.
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2017-01-08 02:04 pm

henna day post

It is Henna Day, on the warmest, sunniest day we've had in awhile. (We're supposed to get more rain and cool temps this week.)

Yesterday I saw the long-awaited Hidden Figures at my local movie theater. It made me cry a few times. As Lisa Bolekaja said on Twitter, the film "shows how racism (plus sexism sprinkled in) holds America back. Although a historical drama, it's really talking to 2017." The film seems more necessary than ever just now, with Trump's inauguration (I can barely type the words) less than two weeks away.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
2017-01-03 12:00 pm
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poetry sale!

My poem "family (a form somehow must)" (my "weird Brady Bunch" poem) will appear in the April issue of the beautiful Mithila Review. It's my first sale to this publication, as well as my first writing sale of the new year, and I'm very pleased about it.

Meanwhile, this morning the GOP caved to public pressure and reversed its attempt to gut its independent ethics office. It's just one battle, but a heartening development nonetheless. In this uncertain time, I am all for heartening developments.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
2016-12-30 03:58 pm
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one last 2016 publication!

I thought this was coming out in 2017, but here is my poem "The Last Word" (an homage to Colin Clive) in the winter issue of Kaleidotrope.

It feels good to see the year out with the publication of a monster movie poem, despite the dread of Looming Trump.

Also, it is Patti Smith's 70th birthday. I am deeply grateful for Patti's continued presence in the world. Seeing her perform at the Hollywood Bowl in October (so long ago, it seems!) with Lyman was one of the highlights of my year.
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2016-12-22 01:47 pm
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2016 publications / awards eligibility post

short fiction

"The Hedgehog and the Pine Cone" in Lackington's issue 12 (Fall 2016)


poetry

"Allison Gross Speaks of the Worm" (reprint; originally published in Aberrant Dreams) in Angels of the Meanwhile

"Poetess Strikes Again" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 6, No. 2, April 2016)

"song for Mary Henry" in Through the Gate (June 28 2016)

"Champagne Ivy" in Mythic Delirium (3.2, Oct.-Dec. 2016)

"Una O'Connor unleashes her scream" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone (Vol. 6, No. 4, October 2016)

"People Change: A Love Story" and "Linda Blair Pantoum" (plus an interview in Postscripts to Darkness (November 6 2016)

"The Last Word" in Kaleidotrope (Winter 2017, but published December 2016)
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
2016-12-11 02:03 pm
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henna day post

I am hennaing my hair on an autumnal LA afternoon. The political situation continues to evolve in alarming and surreal ways. It's shaping up to be a very strange holiday season.

I finally finished reading the wonderful Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, which I began before the election. I'm not sure what I feel like reading next, which is to say I'm not sure what will keep my attention off of politics for more than a few minutes at a time.

I probably should be watching a lot more horror movies.
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2016-11-13 01:55 pm
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henna day post

I am hennaing my hair on an unseasonably warm Los Angeles November afternoon.

I keep composing blog posts in my head about the election and all its possible horrible ramifications, but I seem to have too much to say to say any of it at the moment. Yesterday I got my hair cut, and everyone at the salon (me included) was talking about the awfulness of the election. Then I went to the Iliad Bookstore, and the owner was talking with customers about the international implications of the election. As they wound up their chat, the owner said, "I was doing okay, but then you started talking." I know what he meant. At least I got to see the bookstore's two cats snoozing peacefully on top of cardboard boxes, and I bought Boris Karloff and His Films by Paul M. Jensen (1974).

I keep thinking of appropriate music for the moment--songs like "Save the Country" by Laura Nyro and "People Have the Power" by Patti Smith. But the music that seems to help me the most right now is Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (1970) and Yoko's live version of "Don't Worry Kyoko" from Sometime in New York City (1972). I've tended to prefer Yoko's more melodic work, but now it's her screaming that resonates.

gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
2016-11-09 09:42 am
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not okay

I slept badly last night after learning the election results. Today I have a headache and stomach ache, and I am full of despair and horror.