Thursday, April 24, 2008

The View from My Hotel Balcony

I'm in Astoria this morning. Last night Tom Blood, Monica Drake, Susan Fletcher and Kristian Williams read at the Cannery Pier Hotel, where we're all staying.

Their work is all very different, but somehow it all comes together in an interesting way. Monica's book is about a girl who works as a clown, Tom's a lyric poet, Kristian's book is about government torture and Susan's book for young adults takes place in the Middle East. It always happens in these readings that I notice connections, even in work that seems very disparate.

The picture to the left is Tom at the reading last night.

I'm spending the next hour or so trying to finish some of my own poems for poetry group Sunday! Then I'll explore Astoria a little. On foot! And drive down to Newport for the reading tonight.

My internet connection seems intermittent. I'll post this now, while I can! (the ship was passing by my room so I took a picture of it)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday It Is!

Do you like my Yoda title for this posting?

It is Friday. I'm going to the Oregon Literary Coalition meeting at Marylhurst today.

Michael and I are going to Sometimes A Great Notion on Sunday.

Max has a game tomorrow and it might snow!

I got up early this morning and worked on my poem which is nearing completion.

Next week I'm going to Astoria and Newport with the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour.

One of Laura's fish may have had a baby fish.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Well she was lovely. I really enjoyed her visit!

Michael is re-doing our kitchen. He took out a cabinet today that had been between the dining room and the kitchen. So now there's plenty of light in the kitchen. I wonder how it will all end up!

Yesterday the office was closed. I wrote drafts of two poems. I made lasagne for dinner! That was a treat as I hardly ever have time to make dinner anymore during the week. And Max has baseball practice several times a week and doesn't get home until 7:00.

Sunday poetry group is meeting at my house.

I am going to read Joe Sacco. Marjane mentioned him.

Katy Lederer will be in the next Caffeine Destiny. I asked her two years ago. She remembered!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Two to Go!

In our event parade! Lucille Clifton will be here Sunday, and Monday it's Marjane Satrapi!

Elizabeth Gilbert was amazing. The audience was mostly women! It was a great evening.

I need a new book to read. I'm between books, although I have seen books I want to read and by this time next week I should be reading something!

Laura will be a cheerleader next year! And Max is switching to the tuba.

I have to clean my office. Tonight Battlestar premieres.

It's National Poetry Month but I have yet to write a poem in April.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Gilbert and Clifton and Marjane oh my!

It's a busy next few days for me!

I'm looking forward to all our events.

We had a great time in Leavenworth, and it snowed!

I haven't been on Facebook much. The new term started. So it's a busy time but it's Spring!

Happy Birthday Debbie!

Max's baseball season starts Saturday. Tomorrow Laura has cheerleading tryouts.