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Oct. 12th, 2012 | 11:09 am

This darling, Tudor-beamed pub in Farnham, Hampshire, has terrific breakfast (I’ve had the Full English and the Eggs Benedict which has less sauce, more spinach than the American version, both were delicious), strong tea, free wifi, and honestly doesn’t mind if I sit for six hours. The two older gentlemen at the table next to the electrical outlet every morning typically leave right when my battery is about to run out.

Writing was rough this week. Let’s call it Jet Lag Plus Computer Issues and just look bravely forward to next week, shall we? Finding the pub (warm, wifi, just busy enough, and out of the house) was a big help.


REJECTED!
Didn’t even get an email this week from Definitely Not The Opera about my Rites of Passage pitch, but it is Canadian Thanksgiving for them, so they may just be behind. Even a rejection email means someone’s out there receiving. 


SCORED!
AllSortz monthly performance night at Rich Mix, a cinema/gallery/café/club space in East London. The venue’s in an up-and-coming, very racially-mixed neighborhood, and their pretty terrific goal is to truly reflect the arts talent in the neighborhood while bringing in UK and world artists who represent where that talent can go.

I showed up for a Wild Card slot (unjuried, 3 minutes) with the goal of getting an invite to return for a scheduled slot (juried, 10 minutes) and did Curiosity. I adore doing that piece for racially-mixed audiences, because I love the element of being emotionally naked about the racism I grew up with and my conflicts about race now, in front of a group of people who have every right to judge me for my expression of those thoughts.

I’m not even gonna be modest—I killed. I knew it was going well when the teenage boys at the back table started smiling on the line “Is this because you’re curious?” and the icing on the cake was that same group of boys approaching me at the Tube station to say how much they liked my poem, “Really compellin’ there, darlin’.”

I have an open invite to come back for a scheduled set, and I’m planning to hit three more poetry nights at other venues while I’m here.


OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK
Hey, did you know there’s this whole book called Writer’s Market, that lists magazines, publishers, agents and contests? I kinda did but then I forgot about it. Then I found it at the library and then I bought it, because I want to be able to bend the pages and use highlighters on it. I’m finding it really helpful, especially in that it has a little dollar sign by the places that pay.

Check it out at your local library, bookstore, or on Amazon (not an affiliate link, though I should try to get that up and running).

ME ME ME ME ME: THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSION(S)
The more I read McSweeney’s online, McSweeney's Quarterly, and their various publications, the more I want to write for them. So I sent in a tester piece to see if I’m even in the right ballpark. I have been interviewed by them before, and I’d like to write for pretty much anything they publish, especially their new food magazine.

Why?
They have a crazy, dark, wry sense of humor while still being very literary. It’s like The New Yorker’s geeky cousin who mostly hangs out in the basement but comes out for board game night and whips everyone’s ass at Charades because he'll go there.

How?
I’ve been reading an article or two on the web and on paper every day, to get a feel for the style. Submission was by email and I read their guidelines carefully--they have a format they want your author info in, and no attachments.

What?
TRAFFIC LANES OF THE WORLD, for their “Lists” section.

And then I hit Send. WHICH IS LIKE TRYING TO HIDE YOUR PORN STASH FROM THE BABYSITTER BEFORE THE INTERNET EXISTED, KNOWING SHE WILL FIND “BLONDE PRISON GUARDS” AND JUDGE YOU.

Fingers crossed!

LINK OF THE WEEK
Ill Doctrine is a hip-hop video blog. In keeping with our theme of poetry and race, here’s a fascinating 3-minute chat, How to Tell People They Sound Racist.

Here’s what I like about this piece—the philosophy of separating out “What someone did” from “Who they are” is widely applicable to just about any tense, emotionally conflicted situation in which one might be a victim or watching others be victimized, and not knowing quite how to approach it.

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What’s the message you’re most scared to stand up and share?



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Laura, aka "Ro Arwen"

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from: roina_arwen
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
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That's an amazing poem, good luck with your slot at Rich Mix. The subject header of this post made me giggle after re-reading your Curiosity poem, LOL.

Hope you get accepted by McSweeney's!

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from: kathrynrose
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Am I the only one who launches into "The Rain in Spain" when seeing the word "Hampshire?"

Yay writing. Yay you. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Weirdly, my crossword today had an Eliza Doolittle theme! It was very difficult :)

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from: kathrynrose
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
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You should've skyped me! I know musicals. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
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It was a crazy wordplay thing that took me forever to get! This explains it better than I can - http://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/breathtaking/

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from: kathrynrose
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
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That does not sound fun.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 12th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
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It was a bear. I'm normally pretty sharp on Crosswords - I can most times finish the Sunday NYT in the time it takes the rest of the table to do the Thursday LA Times - but this one was really hard and it took me forever to get the theme. I got two of the theme entries, THE FOREST OF ARDEN (Clue, "Petrified wood?" which would be "The Forest of (H)arden" as said by Eliza, and THE SEVEN YEAR (h)ITCH, which I knew had to be correct but I was like, where's the catch? and then I got DOOLITTLE but was thinking Doctor Doolittle and I have no idea what got me on to Eliza, which is hilarious given that I was in Covent Garden, where they filmed the opening, this Wednesday!

Gosh I love crosswords :) I'm learning to make them, too.

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