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Feb. 12th, 2013 | 12:37 pm

And boy did being back at circus work kick my ass. I love it—I love it—I love it—but if I’m going to keep doing circus and writing, I need to change my behavior patterns to allow room for both. I’m between gigs again, and I’m in a town with a dear writer friend who wants to do writing dates several times a week, so I’m ready to hit the ground running.


Here’s what I’m excited about:


  • I’m turning off the internet every night at 10:30PM. It’s part of a gradual plan that I’ll talk more about in a Goal Setting Update, and it also involves getting up earlier. I believe writing and circus can co-exist—I won LJ Idol while working very full-time, including the Hell Week where thank God there was a coffee shop on the same corner as the main street performance pitch. I was finishing entries while watching out the window for the previous act to finish so I could hit save-post and then run out and start a show. So clearly, if I am motivated enough, I can do it.

  • However, I’m actively opening room in my schedule for more writing, including focusing my booking efforts on jobs where I am the rigger/stage manager/director rather than a main performer. This pays better, which means I can do fewer of them.

  • I’m also actively seeking jobs where I can make room for writing. A gym in an idyllic Michigan town wants an aerial program, and I’m negotiating a deal where I will train their coaches a few hours a day in exchange for housing as well as pay, so I can train in the mornings and write in the afternoons (or vice versa) with the big deal here being that I am actively planning how writing fits into this job.


Here’s what’s been rough:

  • I came down with gastroenteritis (basically a hardcore bacterial food poisoning that’s often referred to as “stomach flu”. It was bad enough to go to the hospital (I’m uninsured) for a few hours and then teach from lying on the mat looking up while another coach spotted the aerialists. God bless loving parents of circus kids who brought me Jell-o and Vitamin Water! Recovery has been slow, mostly in that I’m severely lactose-intolerant from the antibiotics killing all the good bacteria in my system.

Here’s what I can eat:
Plain fish
Plain chicken
Plain greens (spinach, salad greens, kale)
Mixed nuts
Jell-o
Applesauce
Dry toast
Bananas
Rice
Eggs
Jam (with a spoon, or on the aforementioned toast)

Also, I can only do about two hours of being up and moving before I have to take a nap. On the up side, I’ve lost ten pounds, so I’m calling it a net win.

And here is the latest writing update!


REJECTED!
The Writer’s Workshop Review didn’t want “How to Tell if Your Writing Sucks”. I think I’m going to send it to The Review Review next. Clearly I need to send out more submissions, we’re low on toilet paper.

I’d spent three months planning and honing a submission for an artist residency in May, with Geoff Dyer at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. I read his books, I wrote the cover letter and artist statement, I picked out which sample pages to send. Then I was a dumbass and missed the deadline. I think it’s a blessing in disguise as that will end up being the time I train the coaches in Michigan, but lesson learned – don’t just put “due in February” on my to-do list, put the damn date in there.


SCORED!
Crossed Genres accepted my short scifi piece, The Wolf, originally written for LJIdol. Thanks both to jem0000000 who suggested that I try my hand at sci-fi that week, halfshellvenus who gave some great editing feedback, and yachiru who suggested I submit to Crossed Genres. Yay, supportive and inspiring friends!

Performed "Curiosity" again at The Word at Rumba Room in Memphis, and it went down rather well. I really, really love doing that piece in predominantly Black rooms, and I'm always interested to see which bits the audience likes. Here's a recording of that performance. If you're a spoken word person and you end up in Memphis, it's a very welcoming and well-hosted night for spoken word and music, every Monday. Their website isn't current, but it is correct.

And I’m calling it a score that my aunt loved my Idol submissions enough to print them all out and put them in a binder, and give a copy to my mom. When it’s all stacked up, it’s a lot of pages. I’m debating whether it’s horribly egotistical to pull my best travel essays, put in some photos, and make a CreateSpace or Smashwords or whatever book for my family. Is it egotistical? And if it’s not, any recommendations on which publishing service to use?(It's gotta result in a paper book).


OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK
Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail takes personal essays for its daily feature, Facts&Arguments. There’s no pay, but it is a national publication. Their guidelines are also an excellent exercise for a personal essay even if you don’t actually submit. Full details and example essays here


ME ME ME ME ME: THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSION(S)
It’s Getting my Ass in Gear Week! I’ve been studying a lot of Afrikaans and trying to get caught up with all the things on my to-do list, but it’s become very clear that if I want to be submitting work, I’d better do it FIRST, because there’s no time left at the end of the day. So no submissions this week, but in time for Friday I'm going to pick two magazines, a contest, and a radio show and send out work.

Why?
Let’s start with a bang.

How?
I’m gonna go big or go home – Let’s say, three poems to The New Yorker, three poems to The Oxford American, a short story to a contest in Memphis, and a submission to Snap Judgement (radio).

What?
Gotta look through my archives and see what’s ready, but definitely Auguries to The New Yorker, Curiosity to The Oxford American, The Ring to the Memphis contest, and my Moth win to Snap Judgement.

And then I will hit ‘send’. WHICH IS LIKE FIRING BOTH SIX-SHOOTERS WHILE JUMPING BACKWARDS OFF THE SALOON BALCONY AND LANDING ON THE GODDAMN HORSE. IT’S AN APPALOOSA NAMED SPOTTY PETE, MOTHERFUCKERS.


LINK(S) OF THE WEEK
Back in October, I wrote about my former student Jarrid and his goal to be a rock star. I’m so proud and pleased that he’s still finding an amazing way to get his message out, and the world is taking notice. Tampa Bay Online is convinced he represents the new hipster food movement in town. Check out Jarrid's stunningly photographed food and thift-chic blog, The Poor Porker.


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notodette

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from: notodette
date: Feb. 12th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Interestingly, people kept talking about how different we were during the whole Idol thing, but I think, actually, we are the same person.

You are me if I joined the circus and didn't have kids, and I am you if you decided to have a family instead of being awesome.

I read your entries and feel like in a different life, I could have written them.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I agree...and so far, NO-ONE HAS EVER SEEN US IN THE SAME PLACE....HMMMMM....

I'm at a wedding in Orlando on Saturday, how's Sunday? Or any time next week?

I feel the same way about your writing, and I totally have success envy for your publishing :)

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Feb. 12th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on your Crossed Genres acceptance!

I do have a question about that, though, because it says they don't accept reprints, but posting on one's blog is generally considered giving up your first time print rights. It didn't seem to be a problem, since they've accepted it. But I never submit my stuff that's been posted on my blog for "reprint" reason. Did you tell Crossed Genres about the posting, or did you just remove the story from your blog?

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

My thought is this - LJ is not super-searchable and not that widely read. When I submit something, I turn it to Private on this blog. If I ever end up with a million hits, then I'll be more careful about what I post, but for right now, I don't think it's an ethical conflict, especially since I publicize any actual acceptances to my own readers.

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Okay, that makes sense. Honestly, I don't think anything I've posted is ever widely read either, so maybe I should start applying the same logic.

I also know another poet, who will post poetry on her blog, but then deletes or locks it after a certain period of time. I don't remember whether it's after a week or a month, but I guess that's another way to go, too.

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Jessica

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from: kf4vkp
date: Feb. 12th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
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May I say that every time I hear you perform "Curiosity" I fall in love with you a little and the piece a lot.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!!! I am so insanely complimented by that!

It's my favorite favorite spoken word piece to do, and I love love love that hot black guys come up and ask for my number afterwards :)

Now I have to write another piece specifically for spoken word!

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Feb. 12th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
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So, was my beta work on The Wolf helpful? I know I marked a lot of stuff on there, but you were in such a hurry (between flights) that I didn't know how much you felt you benefitted from all of that.

STILL suffering from lactose intolerance? What about yogurt? That's supposed to be one of the ways to add the right bacteria back in (though they do sell live acidopholus supplements in vitamin sections, which might do just as well).

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
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YES. And I'm sorry I left you out of the thanks above! I must fix that!!! You definitely helped me clarify the story elements and make sure the world was working and hanging together.

I'm so scared to eat anything dairy right now - I tried some aged cheese and it was OK, but then I had whip cream on soy cocoa this morning and it was terrible.

Do you know much about probiotics? I looked for some but there were so many kinds and I was too intimidated to pick one. Maybe I should just do live culture yogurt?

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Feb. 14th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
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I don't know a ton about probiotics, but I looked up what the Mayo clinic had to say about them. Mostly, "meh", but they specifically mention the use of them to clear up aftereffects of GI problems following antibiotics.

The main one, which you can buy via capsules for $6 to $20, is lactobacillus acidophilis. That's a big part of what's IN live yogurt, but taking the capsules will side-step any issues with yogurt that your body might have in the meantime. Just make sure to buy the "live culture" type.

Or if you're brave, try the live culture yogurt or kefir. I guess you could try one helping and see what your system thinks of it. Yogurt is a tricky area-- often, it's either the one thing people CAN eat when they have lactose intolerance, or the one thing they CAN'T.

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Marina Petrano

Gastroenteritis

from: marinasmagic
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
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My roommate and both agree
A) You are a hardcore bad-ass.
B) That was the most accurate description of hitting send ever created. It's going on the quote wall in our house. :) Figured I'd give you a heads up!

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whipchick

Re: Gastroenteritis

from: whipchick
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thanks :)

I do a different "hit send" tagline every week, if you ever hit the "Friday wrap-up" tag :)

Can't wait to work with you again, btw - I'm thrilled you're doing protrack but sorry that it ties you up for another year!

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Marina Petrano

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from: marinasmagic
date: Feb. 15th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Cackling hysterically like a crazy woman in the attic. So good, so good!

I'm free this summer! Just putting out in the universe ;)

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drwex

Zap by

from: drwex
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
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'cause I'm at the end of a topsy-turvy day heading for a topsy night.

if I’m going to keep doing circus and writing, I need to change my behavior patterns to allow room for both

Squee.

Sorry to hear about the gastroenteritis. Will your diet permit for an acidophilus supplement? Something to help rebuild the good digestive flora.

Is "figure out how to get health insurance" on your list somewhere?

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
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And you're on my list to get in touch with this month as I sort out finances, too :) BTW, I am so appreciating gradually getting to know you through your awesome, pointed, and usefully discomforting comments.

I think I need to buy some live culture yogurt. This dairy stuff sucks.

The challenge with health insurance is that, being self-employed, I can pay $450-600/month for something with a $5000 deductible and no birth control or actual doctor visits - it would only cover catastrophic incidents. Which means I can pay $10,000/year without actually receiving any care.

So right now, my plan is this:

1) Planned Parenthood.

2) If I'm sick enough to actually visit a doctor, I do walk-in clinics, where even at $90-200/visit, it costs less than health insurance, and is less hassle than trying to find a doctor "in my plan" on the road would be.

3) If I'm catastrophically sick in the middle of the night, I go to the ER, where they can't turn me away and they can't make me pay. I pay what I can and they stop sending bills after a few years. To me, this symbolizes everything wrong with health care - I'd LIKE to be able to afford to buy insurance, but instead, everyone else's insurance gets charged triple what health care should cost, to cover people like me who can't/won't/don't pay their bill. And I think that's where many fiscal-conservative voters have trouble processing the idea that "not paying for deadbeats" is not actually an option on the table--one can pay through higher taxes, or through higher insurance rates, but because we are a country that does not allow our citizens to die in the gutter, we will pay one way or the other.

4) I'm a dual citizen with Canada. If I get cancer or a chronic condition, I'll move there.

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drwex

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from: drwex
date: Feb. 13th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
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I am so appreciating gradually getting to know you through your awesome, pointed, and usefully discomforting comments.

Ma'am you just made my day *grin*. This social media stuff is kind of weird, but when it works it's pretty great.

I see that you're in the same situation as a lot of my other self-employed friends. Is it possible/practical for you to investigate getting insurance through a professional organization you belong to? AAA, for example, used to give members access to group-rate health insurance that (while not being cheap) wasn't godawful either. Just a thought - I don't know what organizations you might belong to that might offer this as a member benefit.

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