July was such a lousy month I almost forgot my August post. High points: my oldest and dearest friends are priceless. Typing/editing Rosebud… is still happening. I have covers for two books, blurbs for the novella. I’m getting physical therapy for my neck (displaced vertebra? ouchie) so I don’t clonk out at 4pm from muscle relaxers then lie awake til 4am. That totally sucked.
It’s an excellent prose jag, but I miss poetry. There’s a reading, with the theme “Place” at the JP library* on Sedgwick next Thursday, August15. 6:15 sign-up for the open mic. The reading is 7-8ish. Hosts: Beatrice Greene and Carolyn Gregory (both JP poets!).
*OrangeLineto Forest Hills, then hop the #39 bus – it’s only a few stops. There’s a big brick municipal building on the corner of Sedgwick and South St. Failproof method: When the bus starts to curve onto Centre St, ring the bell and walk back.
Settled into the new digs in June. Had a migraine for 3+ weeks. Joined an online Fiction group; dropped out of online fiction group. Wrote absolutely nothing that I was supposed to be working on. Started writing a chapbook of flash fiction (Rosebud and other small tales). What? Since when do I write short fiction? Since never, that’s when. A breakthrough at last! Woo hoo!!!
My friend Chris Robbins’ video of me reading from ExtraMoJo!
Well, it’s really only Feb. 27 at 3:30am, but close enough. So my back and neck are still protesting having to sit still for 3 hours Monday night, and the cold I refused to let get the best of me until Tuesday is wiping me out…BUT it was totally worth it.
The launch of HiddenCharmPress with its first titleExtra MoJo! at the Stone Soup Poetry reading in Central Square, Cambridge, MA on Monday night was fantastic! The open mic was great. My sisters-writers were an outstanding feature, making poems from the anthology leap off the page. It was truly enthralling! I couldn’t be prouder.
HiddenCharmPress(HCP) was created in July, 2011. It took until July, 2012 to put together a first draft of the ExtraMoJo! anthology. By Winter, 2012 I had a cover artist and layout artist on board to make the manuscript into the book that the 20 writers deserve.
Hurrah to my co-features ToniBee and RobinWhite; kudos to Denise Washington whose poem is on the back of the book; woo hoo to cover artist Jessica Grundy and to my football buddy, layout artist Steve Glines, for making a pile of papers into a gorgeous book!
The Press’s inventory for the evening sold out, so now I can afford a new computer battery, the HCP website purchase, and incidentals like food all at the same time 😀
photo of Robin White, Mignon Ariel King, and Toni Bee by chad parenteau
After a crazy week of a semi-intruder in the house, 4 cats hanging out in the basement, my voice bailing via a headcold so I had to make major poem subs, et cetera, leading up to it — and a friend’s calamity the morning of — I somehow made it to the PTAOW feature. I don’t remember anything but the good-natured audience and the splendid little girl who gave me Valentine’s candy after, but apparently I didn’t botch it.
I have a habit of writing myself notes in case stage fright freezes me. Good thing. I subbed two poems and tossed in a bar from a Bob Dylan song at the last minute, for reasons I couldn’t tell ya, but I had notes here and there. Some pushy broad directed “Read_____!” Whatever possesses me to read in public? Who knows? Thank you to the hosts, the open mic readers, and the exceedingly patient audience for making the mad dash to the Red Line on a Sunday worth it. I missed my co-feature Charles.
Thank God I didn’t hear about Whitney Huston until after. Words might have failed me.
It’s been almost three years of fun since my first book of poems was published. 15 features at a variety of MA venues later, it’s time to let the old order changeth. This is the final reading/signing of the book (which will be on sale for $10 cash vs. the usual $15). Stay tuned for publication news on volumes two and three of the poetic trilogy.
Saturday, September 17, 2011, 2-5pm, Brockton Public Library. FREE
Commuter rail/bus accessibility. Check the site for directions and parking info. Bring a poem for the open mic!
OMG! The water main broke, so we have to boil water here in Beantown before drinking it. It tastes nasty as hell boiled! Well, technically, it tastes like absolutely nothing. Boston water, even with the too-much chlorine and other junk added since I was a kid drinking the good stuff, is like its architecture. It has Chahm! I don’t even care that I brushed my teeth in the iffy back-up reservoir water before getting the FYI on that; I just care that the water tastes too pure, like unspoiled woodland or rainforest water. This is the city, baby. Give me some rust.
Kudos to the organizers of that huge three-day event. Man, that was fun!! Great audience at B&N! Thank you to the readers who bought my book. Big thank you and apology to the would-be listeners who missed me because of the time change and took the time to come tell me they were disappointed. It really means a lot. I was sooooo nervous. Mark, my friend, you rock!!
I’ll be back with a list of cool publishers, etc. I met at the Small Press Book Fair.
I will be reading as part of the feature next Tuesday in Cambridge from Bagels with the Bards No. 3. This is my writing community’s anthology, and there will be approximately 25 of us 50 Bards, each reading his or her own poem and possibly that of a missing comrade in pens. If our Saturday mornings together are any indication, it’ll be a blast!
“Following the reading you are invited to mingle with the Bards at a wine and cheese reception. (A donation of $3 is requested to help with the cost.) The reading is held in the living room in front of the Fireplace of Cambridge Co-Housing at 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140. CCH is 3 blocks from the Redline at Porter Square. A parking consideration was requested from the City of Cambridge from 6:30-10:30 pm permitting visitors may park in resident only permit spaces. Call Molly Lynn Watt, at 617-354-8242 or Jenise Aminoff, at 617-576-2994 for more information or check out the website at http://www.cambridgecohousing.org/fireside/index.html.”