gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is the final Henna Day of 2015, as the year rockets towards its conclusion. It's a chilly day (by LA standards), so I've had to crank the heat to offset the cold, wet henna on my head.

Here, have a Hanukkah song by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

2013

Dec. 31st, 2013 05:10 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
There were some definite highs and lows to my 2013, but overall it was an excellent year.

I had three poems published:

"Ginnie and the Cooking Contest" (a prose poem) in Interfictions Online, Issue 1, May 2013

"take off your horn-rims and fly" in Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry

"a tipping point" in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2013).

I started the year revising Out of Uniform (a novel I hope to get back to in 2014) and writing a sekrit project. Then when I received my agent's notes on Can't Find My Way Home (AKA the Jo book, AKA the book that would not die), I dove back into work on it. I'd hoped to have that done by the end of this year, but I am getting there. I've also been writing more poetry this year, which pleases me.

Healthwise, I'm still in physical therapy for an issue that's been causing me chronic pain. I'm a lot better, though it continues to be a frustrating situation. On the bright side, my physical therapist is a genius, and part of my treatment includes one-on-one yoga instruction, which is awesome. Also on the bright side, I was able to attend WisCon and Readercon (which I also plan to do in 2014).

Scott Miller died this year, and although we were only slight acquaintances, his death had a huge impact on me and others who love his music and his writing.

For me this has been a year rich in friendships--not only continued friendships, but also new ones and renewed ones. I'm so grateful for the many amazing people in my life.

I wish you all a very happy new year.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate. I've been having a lovely holiday break, which began last week with a visit from Sofia Samatar, in town to read from A Stranger in Olondria at Betalevel in Chinatown.

Tonight I'm going to my mom's for lamb dinner. Then I'll come home and watch new Who.

Here, have a Christmas song by my friend Stew.

gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day, on a pleasantly warm LA December day. I have a neck ache, but the cool henna on my head seems to be helping.

Apparently I haven't posted on LJ since last Henna Day. Last time, Doris Lessing had just died, and now it's Peter O'Toole, who I adored.

Last night I went to a lovely holiday party at Carolyn and Dave's house. Their cat Nora dealt fairly well with her house being full of people.

Here is a link to a gorgeous song about infinity that my friend Steve Gregoropoulos wrote and performed:

Infinity

2013

Jan. 1st, 2013 10:08 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I usually have a lazy January 1st, and today has been no exception. I had my customary scrambled eggs with caviar and sour cream for brunch.

(Last night while I drank champagne and ate caviar and brie, I watched The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes for the first time in a long while. Robert Stephens is an excellent Holmes, and Christopher Lee an even better Mycroft.)

I am happy that I gave myself one extra vacation day on January 2nd, so I can ease back into non-holiday mode on Thursday.

2012

Dec. 31st, 2012 04:07 pm
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...but all in all, I'd call my 2012 a good year.

I only had two publications this year, but I'm very pleased with them:

"bell, book, candle" in Strange Horizons, 26 March 2012.

"The Pied Piper vs. The Sirens" in Mythic Delirium #27, November 2012.

I didn't write a whole lot of poetry this year (and no short fiction at all, I think?), as this was The Year of Finishing the Draft of the Jo Book. It took somewhat longer than I'd expected, but writing this draft was one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of my writing life.

I got sick this summer and had a couple of miserable months until I got diagnosed and started physical therapy. I'm still not entirely recovered, but I'm so much better (to the point that I can't fully remember how bad I felt last summer).

Tonight I'll be doing my usual new year's celebration: champagne, caviar and other goodies, and DVDs.

A very happy new year to you all!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
I had a lovely Christmas dinner at my mom's. She made a marvelous beef brisket. Then I had brunch at Say Cheese with Carolyn on Boxing Day. There are a couple more meals with friends coming up in the next few days.

I've been trying to work on a writing project, but my brain says No, we're on vacation! Hopefully I will manage to get some work done in spite of Holiday Brain.

***

The weekly what I'm reading meme:

• What are you currently reading?

Still reading Brit Mandelo's We Wuz Pushed: On Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-telling (it's my book bag book).

I'm back into Michael Gorra's Portrait of a Novel (about Henry James and Portrait of a Lady). I'd put it aside awhile, but it's fantastic.

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. It's gripping and beautifully written, but wow is it slowly paced. I won't know until I'm farther along (I'm about a hundred pages in) whether or not I think the glacial pacing is justified.

Rereading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I swear I haven't read Conan Doyle since I was a Holmes-obsessed pre-teen, but I found I remembered great swaths of "A Scandal in Bohemia."

• What did you recently finish reading?

Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts. Various folks recommended this, and it really is as delightful as everyone said. Roman history + vampires + assorted other monsters. Good stuff.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Still planning to read Violence Girl by Alice Bag, among other things.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
This evening I went to my mom's for Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yam souffle, cranberry sauce, green beans with chestnuts, and pumpkin pie.

A happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
It is Henna Day as well as the first of the year, and the henna is on my head. I'm watching the One Life To Live tribute marathon on SOAPnet (currently an episode from the early nineties). For brunch I had scrambled eggs and caviar. A good start to the new year.

A very happy 2012 to you all.
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
My vacation has, as usual, flown by. I didn't do everything I'd wanted to, but I got to see friends and my mom, went to a couple of movies, worked on the Jo book, and caught up on my sleep to a ridiculous extent. Tonight I will have my customary new year's eve with champagne, caviar and other goodies.

2011 was mostly a good year for me, though it started badly with the death of the Garage Kitty. I had hoped to finish the Jo book this year, but the reason it's not quite done is that a few months ago I figured out a missing component to make it awesome. I managed to finish a short story, which is out on submission. Wrote a few poems, and sold two to Strange Horizons, which makes me very happy. Went to WisCon, Readercon, and World Fantasy, which were all a lot of fun.

In the coming year I expect to finish the Jo book, get started on other fiction projects, write more poems. I plan to go to WisCon and Readercon, and possibly Worldcon.

I'd like to read more in 2012. I'd also like to have more of a social life (in spite of the dayjob)...though I suspect I say that every year!

A very happy new year, everyone!

holidays

Dec. 26th, 2011 10:15 pm
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
Yesterday I went to my mom's for Christmas dinner. We had turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, yam souffle, Trader Joe's awesome butternut squash & creamed spinach au gratin, and pumpkin pie (also from Trader Joe's). Then we watched Midnight in Paris, which we both enjoyed a lot.

Then I came home and watched the wonderful Doctor Who Christmas special.

Today I've been puttering around, working on the Jo book, reading, eating leftovers...
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
There's so much that I want to do on my holiday break, I've barely known where to start. (Though I have, of course, been working on the Jo book, watching soaps, etc.) Yesterday I had lunch with [profile] tesserae_ at Say Cheese (which was quite good, though I'm still missing the Coffee Table), and she gave me some awesome mince cookies.

Today I went to see the new Sherlock Holmes film, which I enjoyed a lot--even more than the first one, I think. I had a quibble or two with this one, but it felt like they remembered to include an actual story this time. (Though with the first film, I was happy enough to watch Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law sans story.) Since I saw the movie at the Los Feliz Theater, I stopped in at Skylight Books and said hi to Cecil Castellucci, who was wrapping gifts. I hadn't planned to buy anything, but the place was freshly stocked with new books about the 1970s, and I could not resist! So I purchased When We Were Outlaws by Jeanne Cordova (a memoir of an activist "fighting at the intersections of the struggle for Gay Rights, Women's Liberation, and the New Left") and Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture.

A little while ago I watched Miracle on 34th Street on TCM and finished wrapping presents. I think later I will watch The Bishop's Wife. Tomorrow I'll go to my mom's for dinner.

Happy holidays, everyone!
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
A happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate. In a couple of hours I'll drive to my mom's, where we'll have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. But first I will do a bit of noveling and read some more Beekeeper's Apprentice.

gwynnega: (Default)
I've been having a nice quiet holiday weekend (aside from some fireworks exploding in the distance). I had brunch with [profile] tesserae_ at the Coffee Table yesterday, and I've been working on the Jo book and the imaginary friend story, lying around reading, etc.

I'm continuing to enjoy the hell out of my Dark Shadows rewatch. I've just finished the 1795 flashback episodes, and now Barnabas has put the bite on Vicki Winters to try to put her under his thrall and get her to forget everything that happened when she was time-travelling. It doesn't work, however, and in an episode written by the awesome Sam Hall, Barnabas summons his cousin Carolyn (who is under his power) away from her date with Tony.

Barnabas: Comfort me.

Carolyn: [lets Barnabas bite her neck]

Tony: [aghast, watching at the window]

Then, in the next scene, Tony confronts Carolyn, thinking he saw Barnabas kiss her neck.

Carolyn: No, it isn't like that!

Tony: Then you're in love with him?

Carolyn: He's my cousin!

Tony: Well, I'd always heard the idle rich were decadent.

Gwynne: Pretty racy for 1968!
gwynnega: (books poisoninjest)
It's New Year's Eve, and I'm nursing a small cold--but that's okay, because I was already planning on doing my usual caviar, champagne and DVDs New Year's Eve celebration at home. (But I think I'll have mimosas, for added vitamin C!)

Yesterday I went with C. to LACMA to see two fantastic exhibitions: William Eggleston (one of my favorite photographers) and Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915. So glad I managed to make it to those shows and the Eva Hesse show at the Hammer this week.

I'm not going to do a big 2010 wrap-up, but...

My Favorite Books of 2010
Patti Smith--Just Kids
Mira Grant--Feed
Elizabeth Hand--Illyria

My Favorite Older Books Read for the First Time in 2010
Henry James--The Portrait of a Lady
Edith Wharton--House of Mirth

Happy New Year, everyone!
gwynnega: (Default)
My vacation week is flying by. I've been noveling (and poeming), reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, watching wonderful Ryan's Hope (1975) reruns on SOAPnet, feeding the Garage Kitty (she's been a bit finicky lately--I think the cold weather has intermittently interfered with her ability to smell food), etc. Yesterday I saw the Eva Hesse paintings exhibit at the Hammer, which I was glad to get to before it closes.

Last night HBO showed the 1976 remake of Dark Victory, starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Anthony Hopkins--a TV movie I adored as a pre-teen and which I wish were on DVD (or even on YouTube). I think it may have been the first thing I ever saw Hopkins in (or was it Magic?), though I was of course already a massive Montgomery fan.

Today I went to Whole Foods to get caviar and other goodies for my traditional new-year's-eve-with-DVDs celebration. I haven't decided yet what I'm gonna watch, though...
gwynnega: (Jack/Siobhan bar)
Today was a ridiculously beautiful day in LA. Everyone was walking around in dazed pleasure at the sunshine and the lack of water falling from the sky. I know the Garage Kitty was thrilled as well. I went for a long walk in the neighborhood, and thought to go sit on the patio at Coffee Table, but they were closed early for the holiday.

Tonight I will have leftover Thai food and maybe watch a Christmas movie on TCM. Tomorrow night my mom and I will have Christmas dinner.

Happy holidays, everyone.
gwynnega: (Garage Kitty)
From [livejournal.com profile] tithenai:

Jingle gwynnega, Jingle gwynnega,
Jingle all the way.

Jingle Bells
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :


Happy Solstice! Here in LA it is still Freaking Raining. (But it's supposed to stop after tomorrow, and my windows haven't leaked any more since Saturday night.) The Garage Kitty is, I think, wondering if the sun will ever come out again.

I just wrote a poem. Yay.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
While the rest of the country is having a snowpocalypse, we in LA are having a mini-summer. The Garage Kitty is pleased, and I can't say I'm not. Today I braved the mall, which was not fun (especially driving in and out of the parking lot), but my holiday shopping is now pretty much done. Hooray.

Last night I watched a documentary on the late John Cazale, who appeared in only five films, but what five films: the first two Godfather movies, The Conversation, Dog Day Afternoon (possibly my favorite movie ever), and The Deer Hunter (which my dad co-wrote). My dad would've loved this documentary. I hadn't realized Cazale and Meryl Streep were a couple, and I couldn't remember whether Cazale had come to the Academy Awards the year The Deer Hunter won awards--but no, he died of lung cancer before the movie was released. I remember seeing young Meryl Streep in the ladies' room at the Oscars, but I had no idea of everything she'd just been through. Anyway, the documentary is wonderful.
gwynnega: (coffee poisoninjest)
I had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with my mom. We ate turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Then we watched a screener of The Social Network, which we both enjoyed a lot, though we agreed it could've used more women as actual characters and not bimbettes.

I'd been pretty worried about the Garage Kitty because she hadn't been eating. But this afternoon she finally started again. She's not eating as much as I'd like, but hopefully she's on the mend.

Today I've been eating leftovers and working on the Jo book and running non-Black Friday-ish errands. Also I finished reading Seanan McGuire's fantastic An Artificial Night. Now I am heating up leftover pumpkin pie which I will consume while watching SOAPnet's Jason Morgan marathon (well, I'll watch the 1990s eps anyway).

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