Alyssa Jordan does a cool horoscope series at F(R)ICTION that includes recommended reading. In December, my flash “Raining Blackbirds” in GHOST PARACHUTE was recommended reading for Aries. This month, my micros “Girls in the Woods” and “After Dinner” in CRAFT are recommended reading for Taurus. Sagittarius (my sign) isn’t predicted to have a great January. (Gorgeous art below by Joana Coccarelli.)
January's been great so far, though. I've made some real progress on THE LUNATICS' BALL (a really useful discussion of voice in the last Leps meeting). I'm way behind on syllabus and class preparation for the spring semester, but I've got a week. Almost two before classes start.
I started reading fiction for CRAFT; it's time-consuming, but interesting. I think it will feel less time-consuming when I get used to it and figure out a schedule (maybe Fridays).
And I've met out of town writer friends in San Francisco: Jayne Martin for a great breakfast at Sears by Union Square (photo below signing her new book Tender Cuts), and Claire Polders and her husband Daniel Presley (for the first time), Lynn Mundell, and Dorothy Rice for a great dinner at Tomasso's in North Beach. (Tomasso's looks like someone's kitchen in the photo of Lynn, Claire, Dorothy and me below.) Steve and I are planning to drive to the coast for a crab dinner on Friday.