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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On Making Art: Katherine Dunn, Communicatrix, Derek Sivers, Seth Godin, Yours Truly on Book Studio

A batch of items today:

Artist / farmer / pie maker / senior animal caretaker Katherine Dunn over at the delightful Apifera Farm blog has this to show and say about anger and art.

Communicatrix interviews Seth Godin on making art.
(P.S. How do you know if you've been lulled to sleep? Do you drink Diet Coke? I am not kidding.)

Derek Sivers interviews Seth Godin, ditto (the music angle).

Et moi? No, I didn't interview Seth Godin. But Bethanne Patrick interviewed me for Book Studio about the Washington DC story behind the story of my novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. If I do say so myself, it's a pretty good interview, though either I have the camera lights directly in my eyes or I need to work on keeping my eyes open while I speak (probably both).

More anon.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire at the Upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book

This March 19, for the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville VA, I'll be participating on the panel "True Stories of Fact and Fiction" with Lenore Hart (Nevermore) and A. Roger Ekirch (Birthright). Moderator will be Larry Baker. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gargoyle 55

K, the (as yet) unanswered e-mail has gone from Mount Everest to Popocatepetl to... um, Ixtazihuatl. Still quite a hill. But I just had to take a break from it all to mention the outstanding new issue of Gargoyle. Love the cover! Andy Rumball's "Aoife Mannix".) Just a few of the contributors: Sherman Alexie, Kate Braverman (one of my favorite short story writers), Moira Egan, J.D. Smith, and --- drum roll--- Lyn Lifshin. Lucinda Ebersole and Richard Peabody, you rock. Nita Congress, you too. More anon.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Blogs Noted: Dianne Aigaki, Lulu Torbet, Dylan Landis, Judith Leaver, Steve Clemons, David Taylor, World Question Center, London Review

fter a novelesque December, I'm still tackling the Mount Everest-sized (ok, got it down to say, Popocatepetl-sized) e-mail backlog. But I blog on! Herewith the latest crop of blogs noted:

-->Dianne Aigaki (Offering what looks like an amazing Tibetan adventure)
-->Dylan Landis Notebook (New blog by the author of Normal People Don't Live Like This)
-->Judith Leaver (Freelance writer based in Washington DC)
-->London Review Blog
-->Soul of a People (the blog for the book by David Taylor)
-->Lululand (Lulu Torbet, writer and artist based in San Miguel de Allende)
-->The Washington Note (Steve Clemons)
-->World Question Center

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Grace Cavalieri's Cover

Wow! Sounds Like Something I would Say is soon to be out...

Seven Minutes of Yoga (+ 5 Minutes of Writing)

Over at the the Cowgirl Yoga Blog, Margaret Burns Vap talks about a news year's resolution of a minimum of 7 minutes of yoga per day (as inspired by the NY Times' Dr Oz). Speaking of new year's resolutions, why not try 5 minutes of writing per day? If you're flummoxed by a blank page, "Giant Golden Buddha" and 364 more 5 minute writing exercises are available free on-line here. Namaste & more anon.