gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I'm still jetlagged (I swear, I only adjusted to Wisconsin time just when it was time to come home again!), so this will be rambly and partial.

I don't think I went to as much programming this year as at previous Wiscons--partly because I was dealing with bad headaches on a couple of the days. My favorite panel was probably "De-Gaying and Whitewashing: What Publishing Trends Mean for Writers" (with Mary Anne Mohanraj, Liz Gorinsky, Andrea Hairston, Malinda Lo, and Neesha Meminger). I was happy to finally be on a panel with [personal profile] oracne ("Short Stories vs Novels," which was a lot of fun), and also to have Tibetan food with her!

My favorite reading was [profile] rose_lemberg's awesome The Moment of Change feminist SFF poetry open mic at Michelangelo's, featuring Rose, [personal profile] cafenowhere, [personal profile] shadesong, [personal profile] britmandelo and others. (Also, Michelangelo's provided very good brownies.)

Andrea Hairston's Guest of Honor speech/performance was beautiful and inspiring (punctuated by the Star Trek theme song).

Favorite food of the con: probably brunch at Bluephies with [personal profile] nwhepcat. (Runner up: the amazing chocolate cake with raspberry sauce which I get every year at the dessert salon.)

Books/publications I bought at Wiscon (many of 'em from Aqueduct Press):

The Wiscon Chronicles vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom, ed. Alexis Lothian
The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, ed. Rose Lemberg
Here We Cross: a collection of queer & genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling 1-7, ed. Rose Lemberg
Unruly Islands by Liz Henry
Oracle Gretel (chapbook) by Julia Rios
Impolitic! by Andrea Hairston and Debbie Notkin
We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling by Brit Mandelo
and the April 2012 issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone

Clothes I lost and gained: I lost my purple cardigan on Monday sometime between lunch in the hotel restaurant and going upstairs to my room. I was in a headachy exhaustion haze at that point, so maybe I dropped it somewhere? Anyway, the hotel has my info, should it turn up. But at the Gathering, [profile] ellen_kushner had handed me a pair of black trousers with multicolored vertical stripes and pronounced them mine. I thought, But they're not my size or my style!--but tried them on and discovered they fit me perfectly and looked exactly my style. Also, [personal profile] nwhepcat gave me a beautiful rose-colored tie-dyed scarf. (But I still want my cardigan back!)

As always for me, the best part of Wiscon was the people--getting to see old and new friends, sharing fun and inspiration.
gwynnega: (Joanna Russ Pharaoh Katt)
I'm still jetlagged (I swear, I only adjusted to Wisconsin time just when it was time to come home again!), so this will be rambly and partial.

I don't think I went to as much programming this year as at previous Wiscons--partly because I was dealing with bad headaches on a couple of the days. My favorite panel was probably "De-Gaying and Whitewashing: What Publishing Trends Mean for Writers" (with Mary Anne Mohanraj, Liz Gorinsky, Andrea Hairston, Malinda Lo, and Neesha Meminger). I was happy to finally be on a panel with [livejournal.com profile] oracne ("Short Stories vs Novels," which was a lot of fun), and also to have Tibetan food with her!

My favorite reading was [livejournal.com profile] rose_lemberg's awesome The Moment of Change feminist SFF poetry open mic at Michelangelo's, featuring Rose, [livejournal.com profile] cafenowhere, [livejournal.com profile] shadesong, [livejournal.com profile] britmandelo and others. (Also, Michelangelo's provided very good brownies.)

Andrea Hairston's Guest of Honor speech/performance was beautiful and inspiring (punctuated by the Star Trek theme song).

Favorite food of the con: probably brunch at Bluephies with [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat. (Runner up: the amazing chocolate cake with raspberry sauce which I get every year at the dessert salon.)

Books/publications I bought at Wiscon (many of 'em from Aqueduct Press):

The Wiscon Chronicles vol. 6: Futures of Feminism and Fandom, ed. Alexis Lothian
The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, ed. Rose Lemberg
Here We Cross: a collection of queer & genderfluid poetry from Stone Telling 1-7, ed. Rose Lemberg
Unruly Islands by Liz Henry
Oracle Gretel (chapbook) by Julia Rios
Impolitic! by Andrea Hairston and Debbie Notkin
We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling by Brit Mandelo
and the April 2012 issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone

Clothes I lost and gained: I lost my purple cardigan on Monday sometime between lunch in the hotel restaurant and going upstairs to my room. I was in a headachy exhaustion haze at that point, so maybe I dropped it somewhere? Anyway, the hotel has my info, should it turn up. But at the Gathering, [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner had handed me a pair of black trousers with multicolored vertical stripes and pronounced them mine. I thought, But they're not my size or my style!--but tried them on and discovered they fit me perfectly and looked exactly my style. Also, [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat gave me a beautiful rose-colored tie-dyed scarf. (But I still want my cardigan back!)

As always for me, the best part of Wiscon was the people--getting to see old and new friends, sharing fun and inspiration.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
To my delight, we are having a spate of actual autumn weather. (We're supposed to have a reprise of summer next week.) So today I wore my new Olive Boots of Awesome and flippy purple corduroy skirt. Autumn! I love autumn. (And if I could marry these boots, I think I would.)

Looking forward to lots of Jo book work this weekend...
gwynnega: (Default)
Good things:

I keep thinking it is Tuesday, but it is already Wednesday!

This morning I discovered my newish purple sweater (Banana Republic) perfectly matches my brand-new purple print skirt (Boden). So I am wearing them with a black long-sleeved top, black knee-high boots and black stockings, as we are suddenly (as of yesterday) having autumn weather.

Good thing/bad thing (depending on one's perspective):

Wow, the Jo book needs a lot of work. But I love working on the Jo book! (At the moment I am loving it, anyway.)
gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan sister-in-law)
It's Henna Day, and I have the drippy henna on my head. In about half an hour I'll rinse it out. This weekend I've been making good progress on chapter 18. Also I gobbled down Eileen Davidson's second soap opera mystery, Dial Emmy for Murder (which I liked a lot better than her first one, Death in Daytime). I wonder why there are so many soap opera mysteries out there.

I managed to find some new black ankle boots at Aerosoles, and bought some cinnamon jeans at Ann Taylor and some Clinique products at Macy's, which yielded me a Clinique gift bag.

I've watched some Dark Shadows and that masterpiece of 1974 paranoia, The Parallax View, which features Earl Hindman (Bob Reid from Ryan's Hope) as a psycho cop who gets into a barroom brawl with Warren Beatty. Speaking of Ryan's Hope, I'm looking forward to this week's episodes. thirty-year-old spoilers )

I might go to Skylight this afternoon, though I don't REALLY need to buy more books. But, on the other hand, more books!!
gwynnega: (Default)
1. The weather! How I love this weather, cool and crisp and sunny. We're meant to have warmer weather this weekend, but for now I want to pretend that it will be like this all autumn long.

2. Today's outfit: knee-length burgundy print skirt, black Henley t-shirt, burgundy sweater-coat, black stockings, black knee-high boots. Finally I can wear my knee-high boots again, hooray!

3. Chapter 18, which I am enjoying working on.

4. The Garage Kitty.

5. Ryan's Hope!

6. One Life To Live, especially the hilarious Dorian/David Vickers banter on yesterday's show:

gwynnega: (Jack Fenelli)
While working on chapter twelve during lunch (yes, still chapter twelve, but I'm getting there), I researched men's coats circa the 1970s. Who would've thought a book set in 1975-76 would require so much research? I remember 1975-76 pretty darn well!

Also, I still wish I had a TARDIS so I could visit NYC in 1975. It is damn hard getting certain details right. I wish I'd taken notes when I spent the summer in NYC in 1973, but I was eight and hadn't started keeping a journal yet! Mainly I remember the muggy weather, someone throwing laundry detergent in a fountain and making it explode in bubbles, the hotel elevator breaking down and its passengers ringing for help (and ringing, and ringing), and a cockroach the size of a Cadillac that my mom clobbered in the bathtub.

Can't tell if I'm fighting off a bug or just suffering from bad allergies. My inner ears hurt intermittently when I swallow--the discomfort switches off from one ear to the other. Bleh. At least the weather has warmed up somewhat. There's lots of pretty snow on the nearby mountaintops.
gwynnega: (Default)
The weather's back to being unbelievably gorgeous (though it's supposed to cool off again by the end of the week). I went to the Glendale Galleria, where I got a fantastic blue print dress on sale at Ann Taylor and a bunch of Lush goodies. Then I swung by Whole Foods for yellowtail and avocado rolls, blackberry cabernet sorbet, and other treats. Came home, fed the Garage Kitty (who made an impressive leap from the first floor balcony down to the garage level when she got spooked--she's still very skittish at times). Went to Trader Joe's for a big bag of clementines, some shitake mushrooms, etc.

Now I'm contemplating chapter twelve, which is currently the bane of my existence.

Later I will finish watching my current Dark Shadows DVD (from 1970), which is a highly enjoyable mishmash of vampires, werewolves, and a weird cult having to do with a sea monster-like creature who's sort of the anti-Christ and who assumes the form of a groovy '70s-looking blond guy named Jeb.
gwynnega: (Rae/Frank)
Writing: More fiddly scribbly changes to chapter nine. Getting there. Also I realized this morning that John Lennon's Walls and Bridges (from 1974) is perfect Jo book music (and promptly added songs from it to the Jo book playlist).

Lunch: Tofu & vegetable hot and sour soup from the cafeteria. Pretty darn good, if a little spicier than I was expecting.

Allergies: Horrible.

Ryan's Hope: Awesome!

Weather: High seventies, I guess (with promises of cooler weather tomorrow). But I'm wearing my new leaf-green cashmere hoodie anyway.

Currently reading: Pandora's Bride by Elizabeth Hand (plus dailylit.com installments of Daniel Deronda and Chekhov stories).
gwynnega: (Default)
The weather is still too darn hot, but our previously scheduled autumn, already in progress, is supposed to resume tomorrow. At least the air isn't barbecue-esque anymore. Today I got a package from Old Navy that includes two cashmere sweaters, but it's too hot for me to want to open it. (Well, it's air-conditioned in my office, but it's the principle of the thing!)

I'm still not done with the chapter nine revisions. I printed out the chapter on Sunday night, and I've been making fiddly scribbly changes at lunchtime. But I should be able to get it done on Friday (my day off), and then I will move on to chapter ten!!!
gwynnega: (Rae/Frank)
It's a perfect autumn day in LA. It's in the high sixties, with sun and clouds. I'm wearing my new gray suede booties for the first time, with gray sweater-coat, jeans, purple three-quarter-sleeve top, and purple polka-dot socks.

I'm really enjoying working on chapter nine at the moment. My protagonist Jo has just fallen stupidly in love.

Eeeek, tomorrow at this time I will already have voted!

I just found out that Obama's grandmother died. It makes me sad she didn't live to see election day. But I'm sure she was thrilled for her grandson.
gwynnega: (Default)
Yesterday my order from Banana Republic showed up in the mail: a short-sleeved print top and a fantastic gray sweater-coat with adorable pockets and buttons. Now if the weather can just cool off enough so I can wear the sweater-coat!

Here's a terrific blog entry by Sara Bibel about Mad Men's recent delving into soap opera history and how the show "chose to use soaps as a vehicle of female empowerment": Mad Men Makes Me A Happy Woman.

Ryan's Hope line o'the week:

Pat: We could get a big floppy dog, or a cat. Or both.
Delia: No, I don't want a cat. Cats are too sneaky.
gwynnega: (Default)
Yesterday's mail brought the beautiful purple hand-dyed silk "Alchemy Scarf" made by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat which I won in the [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry auction. Yay! It is gorgeous.

The mail also brought a used copy of one of my favorite books from when I was a preteen, Tunes for a Small Harmonica by Barbara Wersba. Anybody else remember this book (and has anyone read anything else by Wersba)? I read and reread it when I got my hands on it at the library--probably the year it came out (1976) or shortly thereafter. It's about a rebellious teenage girl in New York who falls in love with her poetry teacher. What I didn't remember was how full of poetry references it is (because I didn't have a clue at age eleven who, for example, Christopher Smart was).

this week's Ryan's Hope )

GH rant )
gwynnega: (Default)
Today I headed to broiling Glendale and did some shopping. I started at the comic book store, where I got some recent Buffy and Angel comics (though I think I may still be missing a couple of issues), then went to the mall where I returned some clothes to Gap and bought a great Nine West little black dress at Macy's, even though a LBD wasn't remotely what I was shopping for. Meanwhile, I continued to be underwhelmed by the recent INC offerings. Next I went to Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which was having a big sale, and picked up Octavia Butler's Bloodchild and David Lodge's The British Museum Is Falling Down.

Now I'm home and looking forward to a quiet evening of noveling, reading, and 1987 Ryan's Hope (and avoiding all fireworks).

Happy Fourth, to those of you who celebrate!

this week's Ryan's Hope )

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