I had plans to write on Fri. but a friend I hadn’t seen in a while called and asked me over, so I ended up hanging with her all day and just crashing there. No words written. Then today I left her house and immediately headed for Berkeley because M.I.A. was giving a free concert at Amoeba Records.
M.I.A. was f’ing amazing! If you don’t know who she is; M.I.A. is a British music artist of Sri Lankan origin who raps/sings about social issues and is just kick ass all around. I suggest you head to youtube and search for M.I.A. & Boyz (which is her new single) or Sunshowers (which is one of my favorite songs).
I will get back to writing, either tonight or definitely tomorrow. In other news I’ve been listening to podcasts about writing lately. I recommend Holly Lisle’s Holly Lisle on Writing. It hasn’t been updated in over a year but what’s there is good stuff. I also suggest Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing, again some really good tips and advice and just commiseration because it is “For wannabe fiction writers by a wannabe fiction writer”. I have a couple others that I’m on the fence about so I’ll report back when I have a more concrete opinion of them.
‘Cause I know you’re dying to know here is my current reading queue:
* All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies – Edited by (Akasha) Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, & Barbara Smith [very good so far, hard to read in some spots ’cause it recounts some f’ed up ish but I’m loving it.]
* Perdido Street Station – China Mieville [this will be my first Mieville novel and I’ve heard him touted all over so it should be interesting to see if I love him as much as my friends do]
* This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color – Edited by Cherrie L. Moraga & Gloria E. Anzaldua [ a lot of people I really respect love this book so I expect I’ll love it as well but it might be harsh, the truth is often harsh]
* Spirit Gate – Kate Elliot [met Kate and her daughter Rihana at WisCon, Kate & I were on a panel together and she and Rihana are just really great people. As I said in my con report Kate gave me a copy of this book at the con and I can’t wait to read it! Bonus: it’s almost all PoC.]
* This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation – Edited by Gloria E. Anzaldua & Analouise Keating [I’m nervous about this one because the reviews I’ve read about it have been less than stellar, it might fall out of my queue later]
* Crystal Rain – Tobias S. Buckell [an author I’ve been hearing a lot of good stuff about, including his use of multiple cultures and inclusion. Exciting]
That’s all for now. More soon.