Les Semaines

May 6, 2007

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal

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Resilience

Resilience is what I am slowly regaining. I made a four-day weekend for myself, and am enjoying holing up, working a new, badly behaved poem that will not behave as it ought. Holing up, though I did a lot of Clarion West work so my time wasn't exactly all feet up and bonbons. Though I did have a wonderful tuan meal at Chinook's with friends, nice Thai delivery with Jim, and delicious OK Corral barbecue with Tamar and her sister.

The memorial service was Monday. It was painful, but a kind of closure.

I don't have much to say. I'm going back to work on my poem some more. I have already warned the members of my Monday night poetry workshop that while I plan to attend, my poem may not.

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Listening

Feist new, wonderful disc is finally, officially out. I'm still listening to that and to Lisa Knapp.

I can't bring myself to buy the new Tori Amos album, though she used to be a favourite of mine.

last week's listening § next week's listening

Reading

N.M. Browne's young adult fantasy Silverboy follows the journey of an apprentice spellgrinder as he runs away and claims sanctuary, an act which threatens the plans of the country's leader to take the crown. The apprentice runs to save his own skin but encounters unlikely helpers as he goes. An interesting story that packs in what many trilogies do with intriguing details and characters.

Gretchen Moran Laskas' The Miner's Daughter tells the story of the daughter of Appalachian miners during the Depression. Realistic and stark in its portrayals of the realities of life there and then, it also talks about some of the changes the gave hope in the situation. A fascinating slice of life.

Elizabeth Aston's The True Darcy Spirit is another of the novels taking off from Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I have to confess I have a weakness for these, despite how uneven and unlikely they seem. Here the artistic daughter of Anne de Bourgh gets herself into deep trouble which leads her to meet her distant cousin, a lawyer. This was entertaining, though I didn't ultimately believe in any of the characters.

China Miéville's children's fantasy Un Lun Dun is as powerfully inventive as his adult novels. Here two girls from London fall into Un-London, where one is the one prophesied to save the city. But things here are never as they seen and their adventures twist and turn in the fascinating plot. My only problem was that the girls seemed less individual that the other characters who were defined by their unusual nature.

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Writing

The novel trimming continues slowly. The new poem is a sullen teenager and doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.

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Retrospective: old journal

Not yet, sorry.

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