The above was my view last Wednesday as I flew from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Somehow Pat & I found one another though I was standing in SFO departures and he was (correctly) waiting for me in arrivals. I swear we’ve done this same thing before only in Seattle. We had lunch and I checked into my hotel for the night, then Pat was headed back to Olympia, hoping to get to Oregon that night.
The RADAR Productions reading was a blast. I met Ali Liebegott (who made me feel at home), Imogen Binnie, Katie Haegele and Kevin Simmonds. The writers were fantastic—each piece read so incredibly vivid. I can’t say that about every reading. Had I been wearing socks they’d have been knocked off. I want each of those writers to read at Rhapsodomancy at some point.
Then I fell ill—fever, chills, cough, congestion—and luckily that all happened on a mercifully open, empty weekend with nothing of importance planned. I like when my body does this. How convenient.
Today I sit in a coffee shop—an unexpected cancellation with my supervision suddenly opens up a morning of writing—and contemplate what next. There is a residency I’m waiting to hear back from in the next week. My first column for McSweeney’s went live yesterday. I managed to send out some submissions over the weekend. Plans for the 9th anniversary of Rhapsodomancy (Oct. 13, 2013) are underway. Today is the final day to vote for Rhapsodomancy for Best Reading Series in Los Angeles in the LA Weekly’s Reader Choice Awards. Whichever way it turns out, I’m happy that the series made it to finalist status—something I had no hand in. I like when things occur like magic.
Since I returned to Jungian analysis a few weeks ago (!) several new essay ideas have taken up space in my psyche. It’s like having a six-burner stove and attending to each of the six cauldrons bubbling. Yes, I’m likening myself to a witch. And it’s not just because of the season.
Happy Publication Day to Kate Maruyama! Kate’s book HARROWGATE is out of the gates today. Kate is dear to me—she once brought me homemade brownies at work, she meets me at LACMA and helps wrangle my toddler, and our catch-up conversations are fast and fun. I’m looking forward to cracking open this book just as soon as it arrives.
Meanwhile, I’m going to enjoy this last week of September before October takes hold. I have four readings planned that occur in different parts of Los Angeles, so my hope is I will see every one of my far-flung friends at at least one of those readings. The full list of readings will be posted here soon.